From Here and There

Cattle fair
Set amidst hillocks and valleys, Ghati is known for its centuries-old tradition Nagaradhane (snake-worship). The tradition is said to have started 600 years ago by Sondur Maharajas who built the Subrahmanyeshwara temple. In and around Ghati are quite a few spots located under peepul trees where one can see rows and rows of idols dedicated to the snake god. Two deities forming a single idol is an interesting feature of the Ghati temple. The front view is of the presiding deity and a mirror is placed on the rear side of the deity to show the carving behind. Next to the temple is a pond called Kumara Teertha where devotees take a holy dip.

Cattle fair and car festival
In December comes the annual car festival coinciding with the famous cattle fair. Held for about two weeks, Ghati Subrahmanya Jathra is known to attract visitors in thousands from all over. More than three thousand cattle heads have been brought for this year’s Ghati cattle fair concluding with a grand car festival (Brahmarathosava) on December 22.Located near Doddabllapura, Ghati Subrahmanya is three kilometres from Makalidurga station on Bangalore-Guntakal line. Situated 1350 meters above sea level. Makalidurga, also called Gunjur Hill is an ideal hill spot for trekking and also for a picnic.
S V Upendra Charya

Fort in the forest
The picturesque Makalidurga near Doddaballapur offers a whole range of thrills from bird watching to adventure activities like rappelling. A ride down the lake at the foothills could be possible depending on the availability of coracles among the local fishermen. Makalidurga (fort) stands atop a huge granite hillock, which can be scaled in one to two hours. Once you reach the summit, 1,350 mts above sea level, you come to the ruins of thefort. Makalidurga is around 60 kms from Bangalore. As you reach Yelahanka on Bellary Raod, take a deviation to the left from Yelahanka towards Doddaballapur which is 35kms away. Once you reach Doddaballapur the locals will guide you towards Makali Durga which is 15kms.
(Source: Karnataka tourism)

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