Devarayanadurga is a hill sattion situated near tumkur, Karnataka. The place is surrounded with rocky hills and several temples including Yoganarasimha and Bhoganarasimha temple is situated here. The famous Namada Chilume, a natural spring which is considered sacred, and the origin of jayamangali river, is situated here.
The Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple
The Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple which was built in Dravidian style of architecture, faces east and is said to have been constructed by Kanthirava Narasaraja I, king of Mysore.BhogaNarasimha temple is at the base of the hill and Yoga Narasimha temple is on top of the hill.Devarayana Durga, a temple of Narasimha, also known as the Kumbhi,consists of a Garbhagriha, a sukanasi, a navagraha and a mukhamantapa. In addition to the temple there are three sacred ponds or Kalyani here known as Narasimha-teertha, Parasara-teertha and Pada-teertha. There is also another temple, said to be older than Lakshmi Narasimha swamy, dedicated to Hanuman, also known as Sanjivaraya, who stands with folded hands. Higher up above is a small shrine of Garuda. On easter hill are located travellers bunglow and other guest houses. Legend has it that the devotees of Hindu temples used to perform the ritual of circling the hills on which the temples were situated. Devarayana Durga Sri Bhoga Narasimhaswamy Car festival is held annually and is held during the Phalguna Masa shuddha poornima day. During this festival the chariot of Sri Bhoga Narasimhaswamy is drawn in the main Ratha beedhi of the hill town. The festival draws devotees from all over Bangalore. Narashimha Jayanthi is also a festival which is held annually during chathurdashi in the month of may, Thousands of people gather and many pendals are built to serve them with summer drinks like Panakam, buttermilk etc.
Another attraction is the a nursery of medicinal plants near Namada Chilume picnic spot on Devarayanadurga hills, developed by the karnataka forest department. There are about 300 varieties of rare ayurvedic plants in this nursery. Only particular species of plants are cultivated on specified plots for easy identification of the plant varieties. The nursery is located at a forest spot beside Tumkur-Devarayanadurga bus route. The nursery, known as the mini forest of medicinal plants, has been developed with the objective of conserving endangered species of plants on Devarayanadurga hills.
How to reach :
Devarayanadurga is 65 km from Bangalore by road on Tumkur road. The nearest railway station is tumkur,which is 11km and Dabbaspet (25km). It can also be approached through Kyatsandra. There is a Hotel named Mayura Meghadoota, which is run by KSTDC.