Sravana Belagola The Jain Heritage Site (Part I to III)
Director : R.Bharathadri
Duration : Episode I : 25 minutes 55 seconds
Episode II : 26 minutes
Episode III: 24 minutes 40 seconds
Produced by IGNCA
Situated fifty miles northeast of Mysore, comprising Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri hills, Śravaṇa Beḷagoḷa is the Kāśī of Jains, replete with Jaina Basadīs or temples, reservoirs, enormous sculptures, carved out of rocky hills between the tenth and twelfth century. It houses the 58.8 feet statue of Bāhubali, a symbol of sacrifice and renunciation. The towering Gomaṭṭeśvara, carved out of rock, stands out, among other Jaina Shrines, scaling the horizon. He is the saintly son of Ādinātha, the first tīrthaṅkara. He stands rigid, oblivious of the anthills and creepers growing between and around his feet. The sculpture is one of the finest specimens of tenth century Western Ganga work. The camera passes through the Chandragiri Hill, a space for great departure and eternal salvation, attained by seers and saints. The great emperor Chandragupta Maurya came here with his Jaina teacher Bhadrabahu and starved himself to death according to the Jaina Sallekhana tradition. The film explores the great collection of sacred Prākṛt texts, and seeks a holistic vision of Jaina philosophy, iconography and ritual.