The series of mountains form the temple backdrop. This is a sacred spot consecrated with a temple and tank which receives water from a spring. Behind the temple is the path that leads to the forest, the Antaragange hills are an ideal place for hiking, climbing, night navigation, and other adventure activities. There are many wild monkeys in the mountains that Grab food from the people who visit this hill.
Antaganga means ‘The Ganges from the deep. The Kashi Vishweshwara Temple is the main attraction of this place. This place is also known as Kashi or South Kashi. The mountain consists of volcanic rocks of various sizes and has naturally carved caves around it.
The main deity of this temple is Kashi Vishveshwara. The temple has a main Shiva lingam and an additional four or five lingas on the edge of the main Mantapa. Devotees believe that water is the sacred Ganges that falls from the head of Lord Shiva. Devotees generally drink or bathe in this water because this sacred Antaragange water is believed to alleviate disease, even if it persists on taking medical treatments.
Antara gange Hill is associated with Lord Parashurama and Jamadagni. Kartaviryaarjuna was killed by Parashurama and then Jamadagni was killed by Kartaviryaarjuna’s sons and Renuka’s self-immolation took place on this hill. Legend also says that Parashurama decided to kill the entire Kshatriya caste on this hill. There is a pond near the Kashi Vishveshwara temple that receives water from the perennial spring, ‘Antaganga’ that comes from the mouth of a Basava (bull carved in stone). The source of the water or where it originates is still unknown.
Timings to Visit Antara gange
09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
How to Reach
By Airport: Bangalore Intenational Airport – 72.1 km
By Train: Kolar Railway station – 5.4 km
By Bus: Bangalore – on Old Madras Road – 70 Km, Kolar KSRTC Bus Station – 36.1 kms
Antara gange hills, Vibhuthipura, Kolar district, Karnataka, 563101, India.
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