The meaning of the word, “Shravanbelagola” is “the white pond of Shravan”. This is actually a city which is located in the Hassan district in Karnataka, in South India. This place is considered to be a very important place of pilgrimage for the Jains. There is a 57 feet tall monolithic statue of Gommateshvara, which is situated on the Vindyagiri Hill. This statue is believed to the largest monolithic stone statue, in the world, and is visited by thousands of people every year. The base of the statue has inscriptions, in the Kannada language and this is considered the oldest evidence of as it was written in the year 9810 AD in the Devnagari script. The inscription mentions about the praise of the king who sponsored the effort and his general, Chavundaraya, who originally erected the statue for his mother. Not many people are aware that once in every twelve years; thousands of devotees congregate here to perform a ceremony which is known as the Mahamastakabhisheka. This is an amazing ceremony in which the statue is covered with saffron, ghee, milk, curd and gold coins. If you wish to attend this ceremony then the next Mahamastakabhisheka will be held in 2018.