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Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, Bandipur

  "Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta"(Wiki), one of the most favorite spots of Bangaloreans is situated  inside the Bandipur National Park of Chamrajnagar district.The word Himavad means Misty.  Lately, the hill range is being governed by  the forest Dept. with strict rules and regulations owing to the illegal activities that are carried out here. Amongst the many legends associated with this place, an interesting one relating to one of the lakes, the 'Papanasini' (meaning washing away all the sins), as told by the priest is as follows: It is said that, in the hill ranges of Gopalaswamy betta, no crows are found now. The crows that existed took a dip in the Papanasini and on attaining moksha, turned into Hamsa (Swan) birds and reached heaven. We could not sight a crow either. There is a good chance of sighting wild life, especially the spotted deer, gaur and elephants.
 Journey of Life
Smiling Sunflowers
Hovering Dark Clouds
Curving Roads
Misty Gopalaswamy Temple
Gopalaswamy Betta
Wow! What a View
Go Green
Fern Spores
One of the 77 lakes
Crumbling Fort Wall
 An Experience of Nature's Reality
From the start of the Forest Check Post, the duration allotted to visit the temple and return  is only an hour and thirty minutes. A nominal fee is collected at the check post. Overall, a beautiful and serene place.

The Historical Kalhatti Waterfalls, Kemmannugundi

      'Kalhatti Falls' is one of the famous waterfalls in Kemmannugundi. This place proves a great combination of history, religion, nature and adventure. The temple near the falls is associated with the Cholas, the Hoysalas, the Marathas, the Vijayanagar Kings  and the Wodeyar Kings. There are various  carvings on the rocks surrounding the falls and on either sides of the temple entrance.
Road to Bliss
Kalhatti Falls as Seen From the Village
Closer View
  The Kalhatti falls from a  height of about 400 ft amidst the Chandra Drona hills and is clearly visible from a far away distance. It is a multi tiered falls and at its lowermost tier is a temple dedicated to Veerabhadra Swamy (Lord Shiva). The Tamil inscriptions on the rock indicate an association of the temple with the Cholas. The name Kalhatti (supposedly named so by the Marathas), is derived from two Hindi words 'Kala' and 'Hatti' meaning a 'Black Elephant'. The reason being that, the water falling near the temple cascades over three rocks that resemble elephants in their shape and size. Hence, the name. The village near the location of the waterfall is also named after the falls as Kalhattipura.
Approach to the Temple
Veerabhadra Swamy Temple and  the Kalhatti Falls
Elephant Shaped Rock
Lord Anjaneya
Lord Veerabhadra  
Lord Shiva
Kalhatti Falls
Note the Tamil Inscriptions at the Bottom 
Lord Vishnu
   Though the temple was closed, we heard from a local that the the temple is a cave temple and entry to the cave is restricted. The Annual fair is held during the month of April/ May. One can trek till the top of  the waterfalls but only during post-monsoon season. We walked up to the next higher tier through the slippery path. The place was filled with the noise of the waterfalls. While playing in the waters, we were also visited by a pair of blue whistling thrushes, though their whistles were overshadowed by the noise of the waters. After a while, it started to drizzle and  we had to hurry back.  
Another Tier of the Falls
Blue Whistling Thrush
The Slippery Path
Colors of Joy
Note: Avoid  visiting this place during festive season.

To be continued...............

Places to visit around Bangalore / ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು / Bengaluru part-6

31 Heggunda
          Type :Hill,  Temples
          Nearest Town:  Dabspet.
          Distance from Bangalore: 50kms .
          Trek Distance: about 1.5kms (one way) .
          Trek level: Easy.
         Direction:  Via NH4 till Dabspet flyover, go under the flyover and take right turn towards Koratagere(SH3), travel for about 6 kms one will get right turn going towards Heggunda , then one need to take left turn after 1.5 kms so near Dr Ambedkar School.
         About: This is place has hill called Ramdevara Betta with a temple dedicated to Lord Rama on top and temple of Lord Hanuman at the base of hill.According to records found here, Heggunda (earlier called Pokkunda) was an important city during the Hoysala period (12th Century).The trail to the top commences with steps, which slowly becomes a gentle rock face till a ruined stone dolmen (mantapa), where a stone pond is located. From here on it is a long and ultra-steep flight of tiny rock-cut steps to the top. The iron railings installed all the way to the top provide adequate support. It is said that Rama's sacrificial horse was tied to this here by his sons Lava and Kusha. There is also a pair of footprints nearby which is believed to be that of Rama.There is one more interesting place on the other side of the hill . A villager told that the there are two small cave  temple, one of Nandi and other of Veerabhadreswara on the other side of the hill and also some inscriptions can be found in the temple. Even some Hero stones are found in this region. 
Ramdevara  Betta
Rock cut steps
Lord Rama's Temple
Way to cave temple
cave temple
32 Seebi/Sibi
          Type :Temples, Paintings
          Nearest Town:  Sira, Tumkur
          Distance from Bangalore: 100kms .
         Direction:Via NH4 . This place is located on  NH4 itself . About 20 kms from Tumkur .  From Tumkur the temple is on the right side of the NH.
        About: Seebi has a temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha Swamy. According to the legend by a local priest, about 1000 years ago, a businessman with two of his helpers were traveling on a business trip from Chitradurga to Tumkur. They halted at this place for having lunch.  While the businessman went to meet his relative, the helpers were involved in preparation of lunch.  When the businessman returned, he was shocked to find both of his helpers lying dead in a pool of blood. He sat sadly with his head down. Suddenly an elderly person appeared and informed him that the stone they used for the purpose of cooking was infact God Narasimha Swamy himself and advised the businessman to build a temple here in order to get rid of their sin. Following the elderly person’s words, the Businessman built a temple and got the "Puja" done by a priest from a nearby town, after which both his helpers sprung back to life. This temple was then renovated by the Mysore Wodeyars and Tippu Sultan. The main features of the temple are that the god here is in the form of a rock and the temples ceilings house various paintings depicting   stories from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. These paintings currently are in a bad shape and need restoration.  The temple architecture is simple and walls are filled with sculptures of various gods and goddesses made of terracotta and lime .They lay weather-beaten yet beautiful. The temple is under the process of renovation .Photography inside the temple is prohibited. There is also a Kalyani near the temple.
Rajagopuram, Seebi
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