Hassan: Now that the ancient temples of Belur and the rock inscriptions and the monolitihic granite statue of Bahubali, the tallest in the world at 58.8 in Shravanabelagola have been included in the list of model monuments of the country by the Union Ministry of Culture under the Adarsh Samarak Yojana, these centre of tourism attraction could soon get better facilities, including Wi-Fi connectivity for visitors.
Located about 50 kms from Hassan, Shravanabelagola is also home to the twin hills of Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri besides numerous bastis and stone inscriptions pertaining to Jainism. Belur, on the other hand, is famous for its temple of Lord Chennakeshava dating back to the Hoysala era, which is a major tourist attraction along with the Hoysaleshwara temple at Halebeedu, once the capital of the Hoysala dynasty.
With their monuments given the Adarsh Smarak tag, the two centres could soon have a cafeteria, better illumination, a sound and light show and an interpretation centre, according to Archaelogical Survey of India ( ASI) sources.
Once the Centre approves the idea, work will begin on providing Wi-Fi connectivity at Shravanabelagola too and it could have it in time for the Mahamastakabhisheka of Bahubali in February, they reveal.
Shravanabelagola has already been provided drinking water under the scheme and will soon have a cafeteria too, they add.
Some of the other tourist sites that have received the Adarsh Smarak tag in the state include the World Heritage site of Hampi, Daria Daulat Bagh in Sriranagapatna, famous for Tipu Sultan’s summer palace, the World Heritage sites of Pattadakallu and Aihole and the monuments of Bidar....