Karnataka has many places where we can see the finest combination of history and mythology. Among those places Devarayanadurga comes on top of the list.
Devarayanadurga is located in Tumakuru District. The name “Devarayanadurga, when translated aptly means “Fort of the God.” Though it had various other names, it got the name Devarayanadurga after the Mysore ruler Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar captured it on one of his victorious feats. Located 4000 feet above sea level, the place is an apt weekend pilgrimage spot and getaway for a quick retreat or picnic. Spending time here is a pleasant escape from the grind of the daily hustle and bustle of City life.
Devarayanadurga is also a trekker’s paradise due to the fact that it has numerous hillocks surrounding it, and many wildlife enthusiasts, in fact, throng the place for various wildlife shoots etc. It is declared as a protected reserved forest by the Forest Department of Government of Karnataka.
As per mythological story, Lord Brahma the creator of the Universe performed penance for several thousand years in the name of Lord Vishnu at Devarayanadurha. Impressed by his penance, Lord Vishnu incarnated as Lord Narasimha here.
The Fort or the Temple is built in the Dravidian style and the temple is said to be about 2000 years old. The temple enjoyed the rich patronage of the Chola Kings who were well-known for its sculptural excellence. Here two temples are built for God Narasimha, one which is at the foot of the hillock called the Bhoga Narasimha and the other temple which is built on the hillock which is called Yoga Narasimha. The Bhoga Narasimha Temple is located at the base of the hillock of the Devarayanadurga and the deity as we all know is Lord Narasimha.
This temple enjoyed the patronage of many kings from various dynasties and also is well known for its simple but beautiful architectural marvel. Another temple Yoga Narasimha Temple which is on the hillock. Around 100 steps have to be climbed to reach the temple and the scenic beauty will definitely leave the climbers spellbound.
As it is very near to Silicon City, Bengaluru, it is the most likely spot of Bengalureans in the weekends. Bengaluru, Tumakuru, Goravanahalli, and Shivagange are the places close by one can visit during Devarayanadurga trip. The best time to visit Devarayanadurga is September to February.