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Devarayana Durga

About Devarayana Durga

Devarayanadurga is located in Tumakur District, Karnataka and Situated at an altitude of 3940 feet. Devarayana durga was previously called as Anebiddasari later it is called as Jadakanadurga in the name of chief Jadaka. The main deity of the place are “Lord Yoga Narasimha Swamy“and “Lord Bhoga Narasimha Swamy”. Devarayana durga is a rocky hill surrounded by 18 Sq kms of forest. Devarayanadurga consists of 2 temples which are around 2000 years old. The temples are built in “Dravidian style” which has kalyani, Mukhamantapa, Navagraha and Garbhagudi. The meaning of Devarayanadurga is  The fort of King Devaraya”.

History of Devarayana Durga

Devaryanadurga is well known historical as well as trekking destination. The place has Lord Bhoga Narasimhaswamy temple at foothills. The temple is built beautifully with pillars and statues of Dashavatara. 
There are around 200 steps to reach the top of hill where Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple is located.
While climbing steps you will come across Sanjeevaraya (Hanuman) temple facing towards east.
At the third elevation there is Kumbhi 
Narasimhaswamy temple facing east.

At Devarayana durga there are 3 sacred water tanks ( kalyani’s ) named  

  • 1. Narasimha thirtha,  
  • 2. Parasara thirtha 
  • 3. Pada thirtha.

There is also saying that the sacred water tanks in Devarayana durga runs through Idol of lord Yoga Narasimha. The pada thirtha is located inside the large cave. Devarayana durga has another cave which has statues of Lord Rama, Lakshma and Sita. There is natural spring at a distance of 4.5 Km from this place which is called “NamadaChilume”. 

The Devarayana durga was constructed in the period of Vijayanagara ruler “Sri Krishnadevaraya”. Later in 17th century it was occupied by Mysore Wodeyar king “Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar” from local chief Jadaka. The temple was renovated in the year 1858 by King Krishnaraja Wodeyar III as per the records on the pillars. Unlike any Vishnu temple here also garudastamba (garuda Kamba) is located and parikrama is performed.

Devarayana Durga Arc
Devarayana Durga Way to Hills
Devarayana Durga Yoga Narasimha Parking
Devarayana Durga - Bhoga Narasimha
Devarayana Durga Bhoga Narasimha Temple
Devarayana Durga - Bhoga Narasimha Swamy

Devarayanadurga has mythological importance.

Devarayana durga was earlier called as Annebiddarasari. There is legend behind this name. According to sthalapurana an elephant (which is described as Gandarva ) suddenly appeared in this town. The panicked people chased the elephant, the elephant tries to climb the hill and fell backwards. Hence named “Annebiddarasari”. 

Lord Bramha’s Penance:
Many years ago in Devarayana durga Lord Brahma performed penance to please lord Vishnu for several thousands of years. Lord Vishnu pleased with Brahma’s penance manifested himself in the form of Lakshmi Narasimha.x

Karigiri story:
Devarayanadurga is also called karigiri. It is associated with story of Bhrigu Maharshi (sage) who cursed the Devadatta and Dhanunjaya (Gandrva brothers) to change into elephant and mountain. In local language Kari means elephant Giri means mountain.

Kusumadri story:
There is another legend which says Devarayana durga as Kusumadri. When Lord Vishnu killed rakshasa named Pundarika he was showered with flowers hence it was named as kusumadri (Kusuma means flowers). 

Andhaka’s Legend:
One more legend associated with this place is Andhaka /Lingaka. He was the robber chief of this place. Andhaka was defeated by princess named Sumati. Later she established city named Bhumandana near present Nelamangala and protected her father’s Karnataka Kingdom. 

Festivals at Devarayanadurga
Devarayanadurga witnesses two major events every year  

  • Car festival: Car festival during Palguna masa shuda poornima (March/April months). Another one is Narasimha jayanti which will be held in Shukla paksha Vaishaka masa (month of May). During the Rathotsava / Car Festival of Lord Yoga Narasimha Swamy at Devarayana durga the Garuda does three circumambulation over the temple gopura after which the chariot is drawn by the people. 
    Garudabuthi: Garudabuthi a special prasada given to child less couple who come here with an ex-voto (Harake) during this car festival (Rathotsava)
  • Narasimha Jayanti : On Narasimha Jayanti special Pooja will be performed in the temple. There is a belief that the birth of Narasimha (Vishnu avatara) took place on that day.

Devarayanadurga temple timings

Mon – Sun : 09.00 AM to 5.30 PM

Devarayanadurga Darshan 
Normal Entry – ₹0  

Devarayanadurga Pooja Timings  
Abhisheka timing :  11:00 A.M.  
Mahamangalarathi :  12:00 Noon

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Devarayanadurga Website
There is no official website for Devarayana Durga, however you can find a little information about Devarayana Durga on TUMAKURU

Devarayanadurga Email  
There is no official Email address

Devarayanadurga Phone Number 
There is no official Contact Number 

Devarayanadurga Address 
Sri Yoga Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple,
Devarayanadurga SF,
Karnataka 572140

Devarayanadurga Accommodation 
There is Government guest house at Devarayana Durga, along with that few hotels like Mayura Meghdotta are present. There are a lot of Boarding & Lodging options at Tumkur. Tumkur is approximately 16.8 Kms from Devarayana Durga

Vilasi Comforts
Bengaluru – Honnavar Rd, Near Shivakumara swamy circle, S S Circle, S.S.Puram, Tumakuru, Karnataka 572102
•0816 225 5789 

The Basil Leaf Hotel
Bengaluru – Honnavar Rd, next to Government Junior College, CSI Layout, Tumakuru, Karnataka 572102
•097431 69900 

Hotel Dwaraka Residency
B H Road, Opp. Basaveshwara High School Field, Ward No. 18, Venkatesh Rao Colony, Tumakuru, Karnataka 572103
•0816 225 1275  

Sri Vigneswara Comfort
Bengaluru – Honnavar Road, Near, Ashok Nagar, Tumakuru, Karnataka 572101
•0816 225 5883

Devarayana Durga Yoga Narasimha Temple
Devarayana Durga View from top
Devarayana Durga Steps to Yoga Narasimha Temple
Devarayana Durga Paintings

Devarayanadurga Distance
Bangalore to Devarayana Durga via Dobbaspet – 73.1 kilometres 
Tumkur to Devarayana Durga – 16.8 kilometres 
Devarayanadurga  to  Namada Chilume – 6.2 kilometres

Devarayana Durga, Yoga Narasimha Temple Entrance
Devarayana Durga Yoga Narasimha Temple Pond

How to reach Devarayanadurga

Bangalore to Devarayanadurga Bus  


KSRTC and Private Buses are available from Bangalore to Udigere (fare: 64/-) from there you can reach Devarayanadurga by shared auto ₹30/- Per person or Hire a Auto rikshaw at ₹100/-

Bangalore to Devarayanadurga Train or Flight

Passenger train is available to Tumkur from Bangalore (fare: ₹20/-), From tumkur devarayanadurga is 17 Kms, Ksrtc buses are available to reach devarayanadurga (fare: ₹25/-)

Nearest kempegowda airport (International / Domestic Airport) is 84.9 kilometres from Devarayanadurga .
Drivetime approximately 1hr 30min –  2hr   

Bangalore to Devarayanadurga by Bike


Bike / Car
Majestic (kempegowda bus station) – Yeshwanthpura –
Nelamangala – Dobbaspet – Urdigere – Devarayanadurga

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