Thursday, September 1, 2011

TRIP TO MELUKOTE

Read and saw some photos of Melukote temples, so decided to visit the place on Wednesday, 31 Aug, as it was holiday on account of Gouri Habba and Eid-Ul-Fitr, celebrations at the end of a month's fasting.
Melukote is about 140 km from Bangalore..... left from home at 8 am..... stopped over at LOKA RUCHI, Ramanagara, a nice food outlet with rural ambiance.Had nice kadubu idli, dosa etc.....

Then further a distance of 80 km, passing through Channa Patna, Maddur and took diversion after Mandya. Drive was through pleasant paddy fields, Sugarcane fields and villages, reached Melukote.
First was Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple, at the heart of the city, the temple several thousand years, time immemorial from Treta Yuga..... Renovated and prosperd during the times of Vijayanagara Kings and Mysore Kings Raja Wadeyar, Chamaraja Wadeyars during 16th and 17th century.
Next was Yoga Narasimha Hills where Lord Yoga Narasimha is situated climbing up the steep hills of about 130 steps. It is exhausting and exhilarating when you reach the top. Nice ambiance, beautiful view and lot of Monkeys around.
Beautiful temple at the top of hills, LORD YOGA NARASIMHA SWAMY,
 There also beautifully maintained lake called KALYANI PUSHKARINI. It is believed that the great sages Shuka, Ambareesha, Rukmangadha, Prahlada took bath is this sacred water and achieved divine accomplishments.
Thu, 2nd Sept

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