Weekend trip from Bangalore-Shivaganga

My former lab mate and friend had come to Bangalore for the Christmas vacation along with his wife. His schedule was packed with functions and meeting relatives both on his and his wife’s side.  He had a day to spare.  I decided to spend it on a day trek.   I had been to Shivaganga a couple of times before and had liked it.  Its ideal for a day trek.

We drove to Yeshwanthpur and parked the byke in IISc campus.  I had planned to take a bus towards Tumkur at Yeshwanthpur bus stand.  But we found that a multistory building in a semi-finished state stood  in the place where Yeshwathpur bus stand stood.  The buses to Yeshwanthpur now park along the road! A city-bus conductor asked us to go across the road and wait for a bus to Tumkur.  When we crossed the road another bus-conductor told us that the chance of getting the bus would be higher if went down the road to the Govardhan Theater stop. We walked along the flyover to this stop and found two private buses.  We were tempted to sit in the bus which had the engine running. However, the bus moved only after 30 minutes when most of the seats were occupied.

The journey to Dabbaspete lasted more than an hour. The bus stopped at any number of places in between.  Dabbaspete is a small town.  Everything around the main road is unbelievably dusty.  The road on the left of the main road goes to Shivaganga and on the right goes to Devarayanadurga.  Around the cross-roads there are a few stalls selling fruits, vegetables, some bakery items, tea, etc). We bought bananas, cucumber and i forgot what else but enough to fill our stomachs for lunch. I had  carried some biscuits, glucose and water from Bangalore.

We took an auto (50 Rs) from Dabbaspete to the hill which is Shivaganga.  A village is located at the foot hill. It has the look of an agraharam with an entrance and houses lined on both sides of the road.  Since it is a devasthana there are stalls selling fruits and other essentials needed for the ritual worship.  Pepsi and Cola drinks are also available as are all brands of biscuits and snacks. Many consider the entire hill to be a holy place so they leave the chappals behind and climb it bare foot.  Its not too tough though at least until the devasthana.  There are steps to the top of the mountain.  The devasthana is halfway up.  A little farther from here is a cave.  Inside the cave there is a hole in the rock below with an opening through which a moderately sized hand can go.  It is believed that if put your hand in the hole and can touch water within then you are the lucky one.  Many collect the water in their palms and drink as teertham. The last time i did that i caught throat infection!

The steps to the top of the mountain are from behind the temple. The steps become steeper near the top  Fortunately, there is a steel bar all along the steps to hold on to.  The panoramic view of the village and the road in the distant far from here is nice and keeps getting better.  There is greenery and many hills all around made up of boulders or rock. We took another 45 minutes to reach the top.  There is a small Shiva temple here.  There are many monkeys. They are fearless and rob anyone walking along with an eatable.  There are two view points. Both of them are rocks that precariously extend beyond the edge.  One is the Shantala point which is  a little away from the temple.  It is believed that a Jain princess committed suicide by jumping from this point. The other one is nearby and one can sit here almost near the edge. There is a steel fence though not protective at both the points.  Both give excellent views of the landscape.

Dabaspete or Dobbspet or Dobbasapete is ~50 kms on Bangalore-Tumkur road.  Shivaganga is ~5 kms from Dabaspete.  The trek duration is about 3 hours.

Coincidentally, i came across this article today in the newspaper that  gives briefly the historical background of Shivaganga.  Apparently a fort was also built around the hill.  This is also apparent from the ruins of the fort wall here and there on the way up the mountain.  The information that wow’d me was that there is a (or is believed to be) underground passage from the Gangadheeshwara temple to Basavanagudi in Bangalore!!!

here is another site about trek to Shivaganga.

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