Hassan Travel Guide
Hassan Travel Guide: A picturesque and a peaceful town, Hassan holds very little interest on its own. But as a gateway to famous archeological sites Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelgola, it is world renowned. Millions come here on the way to the splendorous temples and the Jaina pilgrimage replete with fascinating statues and relics. While giving glimpses of the architectural glories of the yore, the town is also the launching pad for India’s leap into space-ISRO’s rocket launching station is here.
Places to visit in Hasaan
Once the capital of the Hoysala Empire, this quaint hamlet is still memorable for its exquisite temples. The Chennakeshava took 103 years to complete and is a masterpiece. Exquisite sculptures and friezes are intricately carved on the facade with not an inch left blank. Elephants, episodes from the epics, sensuous dancers fill the glorious temple and the hand-lathe-turned filigreed pillars inside are awesome. The Veeranarayana Temple and the other smaller shrines are also marvelous.
Located 27 Kms, it too was the capital of Hoysala. The 12th century Hoysaleswara Temple here is majestic for its intricate details. Myriad gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls gambol on the walls of the temple with each figure being different, each carving an exquisite example of an eye for detail. This stupendous temple, guarded by a Nandi Bull – was however never completed .The Jain basadis nearby are equally exquisite with magnificent sculptural details.
Shravanabelagola is an important Jaina centre and has a pond and two stony hills, called Chandragiri and Indragiri as points of interest. Chandragiri has the Chandragupta basadi with the Parashwanatha basadi as the biggest. The town below the hill has a Jaina matha with walls adorned with very old paintings . Indragiri contains the massive nude Gommata monolith, 58′ tall, installed. Other attractions include Siddhara basadi, Odegal basadi, Chennanna basadi and Chauvvisa Tirthankara basadi, as also the finely engraved pillar with superb floral designs called Tyagada Brahma Pillar. Shravanabelagola displays 500 inscriptions, with some are recording death by starving (`sallekhana’) by Jaina ascetics and laymen.
The Hemavathi forms a reservoir called Hemavathi Reservoir here .While the paravasudeva Temple stands at the entrance; the temple of Yoganarasimha is the main attraction. Thousands participate in the daily rituals of poka and the annual car festivals of both the temples.
Other popular points of interest are Hasanamba Shrine, a temple with an anthill representing the deity Hasanamba, that holds a fair ‘Jara’ once a year. The District Museum of Hassan displays some splendid sculptures, paintings, weapons, and coins.
Stone idols, sculptures and terra cotta items available here make good mementos.
How to Reach Hassan:
Air: Hassan does not have an airport. The nearest airport is Bangalore
Rail: Hassan is connected to Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore by regular trains.
Road: Hassan is linked with Belur, Halebid, Shravanbelgola, Bangalore and Mysore by road.