Weekend Getaway – Narahari Hills!

Sun almost out.

Hi guys! I recently visited an awesome place with an amazing view. This place is located on NH48, the highway that connects Mangalore to Bangalore. From Pumpwell circle, Narahari is exactly 26 kms. I started from Mangalore at around 5.30 AM and reached there by 6.00 AM. (the road is smooth like butter except for rare potholes).

Breaking Dawn.
Breaking Dawn.
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According to a legend, Sri Krishna (Lord Hari) accompanied with Arjuna (Nara) offered penance here to free themselves from the sins committed during the Mahabharatha’s Kurukshetra war. Lord Hari as a sign of his visit sculpted Shanka (Conch), Chakra (Wheel), Gada (Heavy Weapon) and Padma (Lotus) giving rise to the four ‘Teerthakoopas’ (Holy Ponds) which are present even today. Arjuna purified himself by bathing in these holy ponds and installed the Shivalinga and

worshipped it and hence the hill gets its unique name ‘Narahari Sadashiva’. The astounding hill is topped with the ‘Narahari Parvatha Sadashiva Temple’ which engulfs every visitor with serenity.

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It could be pilgrimage to the devotees or an expedition for the trekkers but it takes a climb of around 300 odd steps to reach the top. The climb itself is fantastic. Take your time and climb up slowly. The boards that say ‘Shiva Shiva’ on the sides of the railing can be a motivation for the devotees to stick to their climb and hence honour their deity. Once you reach the top, the four ‘Teerthakoopas’ are an unbelievable sight as they are perfectly in the shape of a Shanka (Conch), Chakra (Wheel), Gadha (Heavy Weapon) and Padma (Lotus), the weapons of Vishnu.

On the top, you can relax on the many park benches that are provided here. Pleasant cold breeze will cool you mind and soul here. This is a perfect place to relax and look at the panoramic view.

This bench awaits you for the amazing view it has to offer.

 

The stairs down from the hill.
The stairs down from the hill.

Tips: Mornings between 7AM to 10AM is the best time to visit the place because birds are most active around this time and the temperature is at its coolest. And if you are lucky, you may find some low altitude clouds increasing the beauty of this place. If you are going there during monsoons carry an umbrella. Carry your own water and food. The place is open from 6AM to 7.30PM.

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Nitish Garg.

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