Can u believe that 😯  I can’t!  29 days of fun and frolic and tension and what not!  And finally, I am feeling so bad its getting over. I mean, it was not so easy to decide what to post every single day, without boring you people [not sure if I succeeded though :roll] But its a nice feeling to know that you have accomplished something 😉  This post and a Wordless Wednesday tomorrow and its over 🙂  Thanks so much people for being with me all through the journey – the fellow NaBloPoMo-ites and all of u for reading and commenting on all this blah-blah of mine 😀  Blogging is a wonderful journey indeed and I am so happy I am hiking my way through it too 🙂 🙂

Coming to the post, this is about a place called Yadagirigutta which is just about 60 kms from Hyderabad.  There are two more beautiful places on the way – Bhongir Fort and Surendrapuri.  An all-in-one trip – devotional, adventurous, historical and naturally beautiful.  We have made two trips this side and both of them are equally dear to me – one was a bike ride and another was with our trekking gang 🙂

It was mid-week and Su and me were just out of a work marathon.  I took a comp-off that day which inspired Su to do the same too 😛 and in to time, we decided we would not stay @ home but head out somewhere.  We hit the road in less than 30min and were heading towards Yadagirigutta! The weather was gorgeous and we stopped @ many points on the way for clicking pics!  Not bound by time or any particular plan, we had lotz of fun.

We finally reached the place and went to the temple immediately. Situated on a hillock, the temple has a sanctum sanctorum or Garbhagriha located in a cave, under a huge slating rock, which covers half the abode.

Mythological significance of the temple:

In Tretayugam, there lived a sage by the name of Yadarishi, son of the great sage Rishyasrunga and Santa Devi who did penance inside a cave with the blessings of Anjaneya (Hanuman) on this hill between Bhongir (Bhuvanagiri) and Raigiri (Now in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh, India). Pleased with his deep devotion, Lord Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu appeared before him in five different forms as Jwala, Yogananda, Gandabherunda, Ugra and Lakshminarasimha. They later manifested themselves into finely sculpted forms that later came to be worshiped as Pancha Narasimha Kshetram.

After darshan, we had some lunch and went around exploring the place.  Its not a very big place, but it has some nice breath-taking ways from the hillock.

As the sun set over the horizon, we got to know about the other place Surendrapuri and proceeded in that direction. Its rightly said that visiting this place is like visiting 100 temples!!!!

And the best part is that, the place is not commercial too. Puja is done @ a normal pace and ritualistically and the place has a nice aura around it.  The initial plan was to return to Hyderabad from this place, but we decide we would return to YGutta, take a room and spend the night there and leave early next morning.  Its so nice to take a nice, refreshing break mid-week 😉

2-in-1 statue [Lord Shiva on one side and Lord Hanuman on the other]

The next time i.e when we went trekking, we first stopped @ Bhongir fort, which is about 48 kms from Hyderabad and then proceeded towards YGutta and combined adventure with devotion and trekked this hillock too 🙂

Trekking our way to the top!
Some rest aaaa hmmm posing 😛
On top of the world ahem hill 😉

Bhongir fort was built on an isolated monolithic rock by the Western Chalukya ruler Tri-bhuvana-malla Vikram-aditya VI and was named after him as Tribhuvanagiri. This name gradually became Bhuvanagiri and subsequently Bhongir. According to legend, there once was an underground corridor connecting Bhongir Fort to Golconda Fort, which is a famous landmark in the city of Hyderabad.

Btw, cn u spot a pineapple here too, like the one in the pics of the Heritage walk?

The fort in ruins 😦 😦

View from the top!

The next time we are going there, we wanna combine a few more places with this one. KolanuPaka, a famous Jain temple is just 30 kms from this place and Pochampalli [yes! the same place famous for silk and cotton sarees!] is also close to this place 😉 Hope it happens soon!