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Dharmasthala

A very nice pilgrimage town about four hours from Mangalore. I had a couple of options from Mangalore as my ultimate destination was Hampi. I could go up the coast to Gokarna or cut immediately inland and see Dharmasthala and the other Jain temple towns listed in LP. I decided on Dharmasthala. It was an interesting place, but there are no hotels. You have to stay in a pilgrim rest house and the managers of these are reluctant to give a room to a solo travelling westerner. The rest houses are all very crowded and they are not money-making enterprises. So giving a room to one person that would house a family of Indians is not in their interest. After wandering around town for an hour or so, in scalding heat, I got one of the rest houses to give me a room. It cost one dollar. It was rough, but worth it. It was a great town with lots of interesting sites. No cameras in the main temple or in the Jain temple, but I got some nice shots of the big Bahubali statue and some other places around town.
One of the, many, pilgrim rest houses.
One of the, many, pilgrim rest houses.
Stopped at this river/tank outside of town. It was a hive of activity. Very nice.
Stopped at this river/tank outside of town. It was a hive of activity. Very nice.
Met this kid there. His father was an instructor in Kannada, Karnataka's language.
Met this kid there. His father was an instructor in Kannada, Karnataka's language.
Pilgrims, wandering Dharmasthala
Pilgrims, wandering Dharmasthala
My one-dollar room.
My one-dollar room.
The woman at the bottom of this staircase had whipped herself into a state of complete ecstasy.
The woman at the bottom of this staircase had whipped herself into a state of complete ecstasy.
Pilgrim rest house
Pilgrim rest house
Monkey
Monkey
Dharmasthala archway
Dharmasthala archway
Bangle offering
Bangle offering
Withering glare
Withering glare
Bahubali's leg and an oil lamp
Bahubali's leg and an oil lamp
Many of the pilgrims had their heads shaved
Many of the pilgrims had their heads shaved
Bahubali. The statue is not as big as the one in Sravannabelgola, but it's easier to photograph.
Bahubali. The statue is not as big as the one in Sravannabelgola, but it's easier to photograph.
His feet
His feet
Carved from one stone, beautifully.
Carved from one stone, beautifully.
In profile
In profile
Looking very serene.
Looking very serene.
These kids were sitting on a stone elephant
These kids were sitting on a stone elephant
A nice sky for a background
A nice sky for a background
Pilgrim
Pilgrim
Rest house
Rest house
The fordmaker, again.
The fordmaker, again.
Priest's Ambassador, at the Sri Ram Temple
Priest's Ambassador, at the Sri Ram Temple
Entrance to the Sri Ram Temple
Entrance to the Sri Ram Temple
That nice tank again
That nice tank again
I liked this saffron Ambassador
I liked this saffron Ambassador
Good advice, in any situation
Good advice, in any situation