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Karighatta Temple

, Srirangapatna

  (part of Mysore region)

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A few kilometers from the ‘island town’ of Srirangapatna, is a hill called Karighatta. The word Karighatta, is derived from Kannada language which means ‘black hill’. Situated atop this hill is the Karighatta temple that enjoys a lot of religious importance.

Dedicated to Lord Srinivasa or Vishnu, this temple boasts of housing the black idol of the lord, which is around 6 feet tall and is known to have been established here by Birgu sage. While the shrine of Lord Vishnu can be found in the middle of the temple, a sanctum dedicated to Goddess Padmavathi is located on the western side. Other holy attractions near this ancient temple are the statue of Garuda and the stone footprint of Lord Vishnu. There is also a huge marriage hall located at the courtyard, and getting married here is considered to be auspicious.

The place is not only frequented by pilgrims but adventure seekers too, as it takes 450 steps to reach the temple. Located at a height of 2697mts feet above sea level, views of Srirangapatna and Mysore from here are magnificent. Also the view of the confluence of Kaveri and Lokapavani rivers from the hill is every photographer’s delight.

The best time to visit this temple is during the months of February and March when the traditional car festival is held here. During this time a large fair is also held and thousands of people visit. Do not miss listening to the songs of the devotees (who consider them to be the servants of the Lord) played using instruments like cymbal and conch shells.

To reach this temple, one needs to board a bus that runs on the root of Arkere to Banoor. Driving down by one’s own vehicle is a good option.
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