Temple atop a hill

Temple atop a hill

The trek to the hilltop starts from the archlike entrance near the temple. On either side of the gateway are two ruined temples.

As one treks along, one can spot a big mantapa. It has been built on the edge of a ridge and is called Sankranthi mantap.  During Sankranthi, the local deity is brought in a procession to this point and worshipped.

A point when you reach two thousand steps, you can spot a temple dedicated to Veerabhadra. But the temple is in ruins. The idol of Veerabhadra stands majestically in the sanctum sanctorum. Most of the devotees here are villagers from the surrounding area. You can spot them descending the hill barefooted; the young and old alike. The top of the hill is a huge rocky plateau. An abandoned temple on the hilltop dedicated to Mallikarjunaswamy can be found.

The temple has a compound built on the foundation of stone slabs. The linga inside the sanctum sanctorum is two-and-a-half-feet high and is called by various names such as Sidlu Mallikarjuna, Annadani Mallikarjuna, Bhutanatha, Vijayadrinatha etc. Each name has a myth surrounding it. The temple got its name of Sidlu Mallikarjuna, because it has been hit by lightning so many times. There is also a temple dedicated to the deity Bhramarambha in the premises. The temple provides a breathtaking view of the surroundings. The hilltop offers a panoramic view of the picturesque villages, fields and lakes as far as your eye can see.

You can also find a Nandi image over a  pillar placed on a huge rock. There are tiny pond-like formations amidst the rocky ravines.
Bettadapura hill is well worth a visit if you are on a trip to Mysore.

Getting there
From Piriyapatna -10 kms
Take a right diversion at Bettadapura Circle on Mysore-Kushalnagar road and proceed 10 kilometres.
Carry sufficient food and water

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