Sunday 5 April 2015

Devarayanadurga (DD Hills) - A Navadurga

Devarayanadurga is a hill which is situated in Tumkur and has two popular temples, the Yoganarasimha and Bhoganarasimha and is a popular destination. The place is a favorite with both pilgrims as well as mountain climbers. The hills with lush green trees on all sides make the climbing a lot enjoyable. The place was originally known as Anebiddasari then as Jadakana Durga after a chief named Jadaka and finally as Devarayanadurga after its capture by Mysore king Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar. On the hilltop are perched two popular Devarayanadurga Temples, the Yoganarasimha and the Bhoganarasimha Temples. These temples are visited by pilgrims all through the year. The Bhoganarasimha is at the base of the hill while the Yoga Narasimha is perched at the top of the hill. Devarayanadurga located 65 kilometers from Bangalore. The nearest railway station is at Tumkur and the area also has excellent bus connections.

How to Reach:

Bangalore --- Yeshwanthpur --- Dobbespet -> Right turn under the flyover leads to Devarayandurga.

Nearest Places: Siddaganga mutt, Siddara Betta, Mandargiri hills, Nijagal Betta.

Best Time to Visit: All Seasons.

Food Available near both temples.

Namada Chilume:
En route to Devarayana durga is a place located called Namada Chilume( the Spring of Tilaka/Nama) at the base of the hill road leading to Tumkur. Tilaka or Nama or Pundraka is a ritual mark on the forehead, of sandalwood paste, coloured earth or vermilion. Based on the Puranas it is believed that Sri Rama during Vanavas(exhile to forest) on his way to Lanka halted here. He wanted to apply Nama or Tilaka on his forehead, not finding water anywhere around to wet the “nAma, he shot an arrow into the ground, and a spring sprang and thus the name (Rama)-nAmada chilume. The spring can be still seen, the water comes out from a small hole throughout the year and never dries up.

Deer Park
There is a Deer Park in the vicinity of the Namada Chilume,There many spotted deer taken care by the forest department. One can enjoy the un-polluted greenery and fresh air of the Namada Chilume. It is good try for one day trip.  One needs to carry their own water and food, though there are small shops around.

“Take only pictures; leave only footprints.” - Anonymous - 

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