Timings : 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hrs
Entry Fee : No entry fee
On top of the Anjaneya Hill, at a distance of 2 kilometres from the Virupaksha Temple, the beautiful Yantradharaka Hanuman Temple also known as the Monkey Temple is present inside a cave. The temple being 500 years old is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Sri Vyasaraja, who was the Rajaguru of the Vijayanagara Kingdom and a Dwaita philosopher, was the one to install the idol of Lord Hanuman in the temple. Being one of the most famous attractions of the Anjeyanadri Hill, the Monkey Temple is considered as a sacred spot for Hindus.
One has to climb 570 steps to reach the temple since it is located on top of the hill. Though the climb is steep, the beautiful views and the pleasant air make up for the climbing. One is also likely to come across aged people climbing up with energy and devotion. There is a small temple just 5 minutes away from the Yantrodharaka Temple which is dedicated to an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, i.e. Lord Srinivasa. His idol has been carved out by Sri Vyasaraja. Below a fig tree in front of the Hanuman Temple lie some snakestones, and they are worshipped as well. It is one of the must-visit spots for all the nature as well as religious lovers.
The legend behind this temple has it that Sri Vyasaraja used to draw the picture of Lord Hanuman on the rocks every day before offering his prayers using charcoal. After he completed the rituals, the image on the rock disappeared. This incident kept happening for 12 days in a row till Vyasaraja requested the lord to appear in front of him. On the twelfth day, Lord Hanuman appeared in front of the Guru and blessed him.
It is believed that Lord Hanuman was the one who asked Sri Vyasaraja to capture him in the six-angled talisman and then install him in that place. It is also said that this was the exact place where Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman crossed paths for the very first time.
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