Anjanadri Betta

June 23, 2012

Anjanadri Parvatha is said to be the birth place of Lord Hanuman. The hill is about 3km West of Anegundi village.

Anjanadri Parvatha
A closer look at Anjanadri Betta. The hill is surrounded by plantain and paddy fields. At the top is a small temple and many monkeys.

One has to climb about 500 steps the summit. The climb is safe and quite easy because of the stairway right to the top. Close to the top one has to really bend down to pass below a rock overhang. The hill top is refreshing with cool breeze ans offers beautiful views of its surroundings; Rashyamukha hill, Tungabhadra river and Hampi. This is Rashyamukha Betta; on the boulder strewn surface a fort wall can be seen close to the hill top.

That's river Tungabhadra flowing through the valleys of rocky hills. On the left is Koppal district and on the right is Bellary district.

Plenty of monkeys live on this hill, in fact they hang around the temple. Tourists and temple visitors feed these monkeys with channa and other eatables. This well built monkey seems to be the leader of the group, other monkeys kept distance from him. He was sitting like this for quite some time, the position seemed  to be relaxing. He was facing the temple entrance. In the background is Rashyamukha hill.

Anjandri is popular among Western tourists for sunsets views. During my two visits, I was a bit too late for sunset on the first visit. During the second visit, it was cloudy and it had rained some time back. Clouds obscured the sunset :(

Ravi and Malatesh relax at the end of a hectic day.

This temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman and his mother Anjanadevi sits at a edge, right next to a 60 foot fall. The temple is managed by a Baba and few disciples who live here. The Baba is friendly. During my first visit, I saw a person having tea and sudden;y I too wanted tea. I asked the Baba is I can get a cup of tea. Yes, please sit down. A boy spread a mat for us and brought cups of tea. It was one of the best tea I had.

During both visits, Anjnadri Betta was our final destination of the days. Oh, both were Saturdays, Lord Hanuman's day.

Anjnadri Hill Coordinates: 15°21'20"N   76°28'4"E

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