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Devarayanadurga Temples near Bangalore atop the Devarayanadurga Hills

Scenic hill of Devarayanadurga, about 65 km away from Bangalore, is home to Narasimha Temples – Bhoga Narasimha Swamy Temple midway up the hills and the Yoga Narasimha Swamy shrine at the top. A Hanuman Temple, named Sanjeevaraya Temple, is also located midway up the hill. Devarayanadurga is around 15 km from Tumkur.

Devarayanadurga Bhoga Narasimha Swamy Temple

Bhoga Narasimha Swamy Temple, which faces east, is built in Dravidian style.

The main murti in the temple is that of Narasimha Swamy (Avatar of Bhagvan Vishnu) and Goddess Lakshmi. There is also a separate shrine dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi near the main sanctum sanctorum.

The small rajagopuram of the temple is noted for its ornamental designs and small carved figures. Another highlight here is the tall dhwajasthambha (flag mast) made out of granite.

The pillars and the outer walls of the sanctum sanctorum are adorned with sculptures, small figures and design motifs.

Sanjeevaraya Temple dedicated to Hanuman is located opposite to Bhoga Narasimha Swamy Temple. The temple is much older than all the shrines in the Devarayanadurga Hill.

Devarayanadurga Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple

Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple is located atop the Devarayanadurga Hill. One has to climb 100 steps made of granite from the road to reach the shrine. The large temple is famous for its ornate rajagopuram. The temple complex includes a Parikrama, mandapa and the main sanctum sanctorum.

The sacred pond near the temple which is full of water even during summer is known as Kalyani Teertha or Narasimha Tirtha. Devotees are allowed to perform holy dip the pond. There are two more ponds in the vicinity.

A small temple dedicated to Garuda, the Vahana or Vehicle of Vishnu, is located nearby.