Jainism is a religion, which originated in ancient India. The principle of ahiṃsā (nonviolence) is the most fundamental and well-known aspect of Jainism. Jain texts expound that “killing any living being out of passions is hiṃsā (injury) and abstaining from such act is ahiṃsā (non-injury)”. Shravanabelagola is a important centre for Jainism. The world’s largest monolith statue beckons us here. The 58 feet tall statue nestled on a 470 feet hill is of Gomateswara the son of the first Jain Tirtankara Vrishaba Deva. Note that Tirthankara were role models for those seeking liberation. They are also called human spiritual guides.