We started from home at around 7.30 AM on a sunday morning. I had read in a blog about a shack near Dobbaspet police station where you could get wonderful tatte Idli served with vada and potato curry. We had decided to find this place and have breakfast there. On reaching Dobbaspet we tried to find this place but there was no sign of such a place. But then the blog had been written 2 years back and the probability of the place having changed/closed was high. The only place nearby where people were eating was a Davanagere Benne Masala Dosa eatery. We decided to hog some yummy masala dosas there and it turned out to be a good choice. With full stomachs and contented hearts we set out towards Devarayanadurga :)
Sights of Devarayanadurga
This town is famous for its temples dedicated to Lord Narasimha. There is a Bhoga Narasimha Swamy temple at the base of the hill while the Yoga Narasimha temple is perched on the top of the hill. We first stopped at the Bhoga Narasimha temple and offered our prayers to God. After clicking some photographs of the temple we proceeded towards the hill.
Some boys were hanging around and Nagesh got a lovely capture of one of the boys. Nice eyes he has. Doesn’t he?
We decided to skip a visit to Namada Chilume (a natural water spring) and go to the temple instead. On the way we encountered a board indicating the source of River Jayamangali. But the river was not in sight! It must have been there long back. The sights of open countryside with greenery all around was so refreshing. The winding road up the hill was in a very good condition too. We parked the car and started the climb peacefully. As we went higher, the views we got to see were dramatic. The lush hills on all sides looked beautiful.
As we approached the temple we could see some boulders next to the steps. On one of the boulders, idols of Lord Hanuman had been carved and painted with red which looked good. Another strange sight was a tree whose roots were between huge boulders. It looked as though the tree had grown out of a rock :)
The temple was very crowded and we had to wait some time for the darshan. By the time we were outside it had become very sunny. There were lots of monkeys around this place indulging in antics as usual :)
We decided not to climb the hill further to stand in the ancient watch tower an go to some ancient ruins as it was nearing lunch time and we had begun to feel the hunger. We just walked around the temple and clicked a few pics before returning. On the way back we stopped for lunch at Kamat Upahar and were back home by 4 in the evening. We need to return to this place again just to watch the birds here which completely eluded us on this occasion except for a momentary glimpse of a Black Shouldered Kite.