KariGhatta Temple, Mandya

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Karighatta is a hill situated a few kilometres outside the 'island' town of Srirangapatna. It is situated off the Bangalore-Mysore Highway just before Srirangapatna in Karnataka state of India.
The name Karighatta translates to "Elephant Hill" in Kannada. The hill has a Hindu temple devoted to a form of Hindu god Vishnu, called "Karigirivasa". This deity is also referred to as “Lord Srinivasa” and is also called “Bairagi Venkataramana”. The epithet ‘Bairagi’ for this idol is derived from the fact that when ‘alankara’ (flower decoration) is done to the deity, the deity looks like a Bairagi (mendicant).
The hill stands at a height of 2697 feet above sea level. It supports dry scrub jungle and many tamarind and gooseberry trees are found around the temple. A small river, Lokapavani, a tributary of Kaveri flows by the hill.
The main entrance to the temple, with huge wooden doors opens into a large quadrangle, which is the main shrine for Vaikunta Srinivasa in black stone, flanked by Yoga Srinivasa (without his consort) and Bhoga Srinivasa idols. The temple of Goddess Padmavathi is on the western side. Facing the main temple is a statue of Garuda and a Garudasthamba. There is also a Kalyana Mantapa (marriage hall) which is used for performing marriages and other functions. It is believed that the great sage Bhrigu has done the Prathishthapana (installation ceremony) of the deity.
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  • The trek to the top of the hill was mesmerisingly beautiful. The wind blowing was sooo fierce we had to hold on take support. The greenery is soo good this place has to be perfect day out from bangalo...  more »
  • Situated hardly 10 kms off Bangalore- Mysore highway, near Srirangapatna, on a small hillock, the vigraha of black stone is serene. Nice view from top of the hillock. Road is easily motorable. Open on...  more »
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  • Make sure you visit this temple when you are in Mysore. Its closer to the city, great hike up the hill. Stunning views. Kids love running up the stairs. There is a great vibe with older simpler temples.
  • Ensure to reach the place before noon. To hot at noon. Well my mother lost her wallet there. Be ware of tricksters too.
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