Anegundi – A town filled with fabulous fine arts and exuberant history running through the corners of Karnataka, a city enclosed with history of heroic wars and beautiful temples across the oldest plateau, Anegundi is a town known for its magical secrets and mind-blowing sceneries, which might make you fall in love with the sport of exploring places like never before.
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History of Anegundi
The town got its historic name from the army of Vijayanagar, which had hilly terrains enclosed with elephant fortuitous on the banks of river Tungabhadra. Anegundi is also known for many samadhis of saints known for their mystical powers and protective secrets.
According to ancient mythology, Anegundi is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Hanumantha. His birth took place at the enclosed Anjandri hills, which sounds interesting as this little town is home to many unknown secrets that are yet to be revealed as time flows through this fabulous town.
The town located in Karnataka was the first capital of the dynasty of Vijayanagar and the capital ruled by several rulers along with the tides of time. This town was led by the supreme Shahi dynasty, the expanding Mughals, and the Tipu sultan was also ruling it across the 16th to 18th centuries. The Britishers expanded their territory across the plateau of Anegundi in the reign of 1824, which made the king of Vijaynagar lose his capital from Hampi, according to a classified document of historic India. A treaty was formed with the rulers of Vijayanagar, who lost their capital.
They received a pension of around 300 per month from the government of ruling Britishers back in 1824; this treaty also forced the rulers to lose their residence at Hampi and move to Anegundi. Rani Lalkumari Bai is the last descendant who receives regular pensions from the government as per the rules of the treaty.
Anegundi is a place known for its crafty cults and extraordinary characters who evolved around the glorious history and beautiful temples known for their tiny secrets and deep knowledge; the record is never-ending once you dive into the context of this town fondly called Anegundi.
The perfect picturesque to visit as you land in the town of Anegundi
Best Places to visit in Anegundi, Karnataka.
1 – Pampa Sarovar, Anegundi.
Pampa Sarovar is a small tank located in this beautiful town that takes a bumpy ride of 45 minutes from Hampi. This small tank is enclosed by small temples dedicated to Sri Rama and Sabri Ji, which encompasses a lot of spiritual significance and secrets revolving through the pages of ancient mythology and marvelous manuscripts. This place also attracts a lot of monkeys and other cozy animals, which makes the site more exciting and colorful through the scenic views at the Pampa Sarovar.
It is said that Anegundi is Kishkindha of ancient times known as Monkey kingdom. Lord Rama met Shabari here only and Shabari guided lord Rama to take help of Hanuman & Monkey king Sugriva to take help in his operation of finding Sita – his wife. The cave of shabari is still available to see in Anegundi.
2 – Onake Kindi, Anegundi.
This place is not a usual green lawn or basic scenery filled with flowers and wide grass; this place includes a lot more than what you expect at the beginning of your little trip. Onake kindi has boulders stacked upon one another across a vast plateau with sunrays piercing through the crafty closures enclosed by the stacked boulders.
Onake kindi is a prehistoric site that includes artworks spread across the faded rocks, symbolizing ancient artifacts and unknown code symbols, which might be tricky if you try to decode the language of ancient human civilization, which might date back around 1500 BC. This place is more than a bare hangout spot; it is more about falling in love with the language inscribed by the ancient Indians across the flat plateau, which makes it more exciting and entertaining to visit this place once in a while.
3 – Anjaneya hill, Kishkindha, Anegundi.
Anjaneya hill is considered the birthplace of the greatest gods of all time Lord Hanuman which makes this place perfect for exploring the hidden secrets and adding a tinge of excitement to your backpack of traveling around these hills.
This hill illustrates the story of the birth and the life of Lord Hanuman and how he evolved and became a part of the nation”s the most incredible story, Ramayan, which makes this place exciting and excellent as a whole.
You can see aerial view of Tungabhadra river from hilltop. In the temple you will see unique sculpture of lord hanuman. There is floating stone which was used to build Ramasetu is still there in Anjanadri, Temple. Ram-Lakshman_sita temple is also there near to the Ram-Lakshman-Janki sculpture you can see Anjani temple (Mother of lord hanuman)
4 – Gagan Mahal, Anegundi.
Gagan Mahal is known for its exquisite features and fabulous artifacts expanding across its walls of ancient India, built in the 15th century with crafted skills man and intelligent engineers, which made this Mahal stable and robust through several centuries.
Gagan Mahal attracts many tourists during the period of the winter season from November to February, which is considered the best time to explore this Mahal and its majestic warmth. Gagan Mahal is open on all days from morning 8 AM to evening 6 PM, and yes, you are allowed to capture your smiles through your handy smartphones or advanced cameras to cherish every moment you explore here at Gagan Mahal.
Gagan Mahal is unique in the way it was constructed; this Mahal has walls that stand tall and keep the space cool even when the outside temperature is way above our relief limit, which makes us feel amazed and attracted to the skills imposed by the skilled workers back then in the 15th century.
5 – Durga temple, Anegundi, Karnataka.
This temple, located amidst the hilly terrains and green sceneries, is advocated by Goddess Durga and the cool breeze flowing through the hilly terrains, making it closer to heaven.
Durga temple, Anegundi. is located on top of the hills enclosed by tall trees and faded clouds above it, which is considered the temple situated at the highest point among the hills closely located around it.
This temple is a key to exploring your spiritual thoughts and a lovely trip to the top of a hill enclosed by your smiles and soothing adventure.
It is believed that if you tie a coconut enclosed in colorful cloth and wish something & pray infront of goddess durga then Maa durga will help you to fullfill your wish and you need to do abhishek of maa durga murti.
Bali Fort behind Durga temple, Anegundi.
Behind the temple there is Bali fort and cave where he used to worship goddess Durga in times of Monkey Kingdom era the place name at that time was Kishkindha. When you enter Bali fort in Anegundi you will see Navgraha Temple which has 9 planets(gods). Behind Navgraha temple there is lord Mahadev & Lord Hanuman temple. The sculpture of Hanuman there is very beautiful & then comes the last but not least Ganesh temple, Anegundi which is under the cave, and you need to take Pradakshina(action of walking in clockwise around deity(Lord ganesha)) from inside cave.
6 – RanganathSwamy Temple, Anegundi, Karnataka.
Ranganathswamy Temple, Anegundi is located in middle of the village it is also an ancient temple. The kings of Vijayanagar used to pray here. Ranganathswamy is Incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the temple you can see Lord hanuman sculpture, vishnu’s vehicle Garud dev sculpture & beautiful resting Sculpture of Vishnu Bhagwan. Another side you will see temple of goddess Mahalakshmi wife of Vishnu. There are group of monkeys all around, I did very good photography of those monkeys. watch below video covers Durga temple, Ranganathswamy temple and Bali fort.
Anegundi is a place that may not be known by many, but worth visiting at least once in your life because this place will pull your strings of happiness while you explore your excitement with your loved ones. A site like Anegundi, which is filled with heavenly palaces, temples, and tiny lakes, makes it a beautiful place to pause your busy life and cherish the real happiness of nature as you touch the tiny leaves along the way you pave for yourself.
Key Highlights of Anegundi Blog
- Sacred Pampasarovar, Shabari cave, shabari Ram meeting place.
- Kishkindha – Place where Ram & Lakshman met Hanuman and Sugriva.
- Anjaneya Hill temple – Anjanadri hill where hanuman was born to Anjani.
- Durga Temple
- Bali fort & Cave anegundi.
- Onake Kindi
- Gagan mahal of anegundi, Karnataka.