| Hemagiri Waterfalls
Hemagiri Waterfalls is located 8 Kms from KR pet enroute to Kikere town or Govindhalli. It is better to take the route back, in view of bad roads on the same stretch to reach Kikere town. The river is in full flow during monsoon and it is a treat to watch. This spot seems to be a film shooting locale for some of the Kannada movies.
The beautifully landscaped temple of Hosaholalu, known as Laxmi Naryana temple is here. It is credited to have built during the time of the Hoysala King Veera Someswara in 1250 AD. The outer facade of the temple is well decorated with various forms of Vishnu & goddess and elephants along with the platform typical of hoysala temples. The temple is built in the triangular form, also known as trikuta vimana syle. There are three statues of deities Venugopal, Naryana & Lakshminarasimha. We were unable to see the inside of the temple because it was locked by the poojary and we did not bother to search for him. It is very rare that inside the temple sanctum santorium one finds idols, which are mostly uninstalled or vandalized by smugglers of antiques. This temple is located close to K R pet town in Mandya district.
A shrine of Vadiraja locally known as Hemagiriyappa is on the eastern slope of Hemagiri where the object of worship is a round stone and on the southern slope is a shrine of Bhairava. The hill is loftier than Huliyurdurga but not fortified. The temple at the base is dedicated to Varadaraja swamy aka Hemagiriyappa and is an ancient structure. The surroundings of the temple is just too heavenly. A sole tiled house has been built for the temple caretaker and priest. A fairly large stone pond with several fish forms the highlight of the place. Large number of trees with comfortable platforms around makes the place highly suitable for a weekend picnic.
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