Theriver is one of the most holy rivers in the world. It is more than 1,500 kilometres from
which is believed to have a stream of Ganga water pouring down. If Kashi has a Vishwanatha temple, this hill too has a similar temple. The difference is that while the Vishwanatha temple is located on the banks of the
, the holy river flows as a small stream from the mouth of a Bull or Nandi. This is Antargange, a small hill in Kolar district of Karnataka. The Antargange Hills are just 70 kilometres from
and a mere four kms from the bus stand in Kolar.Antargange is a paradise for a nature lover and also a pilgrim. It is also a trekker’s paradise, what with the rocky hill which makes climbing an adventure. It consists of granites, peninsular gneiss, basic dykes and laterites and rises to 1235 feet.
The first thing that greets you when you near the Antargange Hill is the numerous monkeys. These monkeys forage for food in the hills and when they see tourists with bags and food packets, they turn aggressive.
Some of the monkeys come near you and try to snatch the food packets and eatables from your hand. So beware of them and keep a stick handy to scare them away. However, take care not to hurt them. The best thing is to keep a safe distance from them.
The climb to the top of the hill is by a flight of steps. The hill top not only gives you an excellent view of the surroundings but also has a small village called Therahalli. There is a Shiva temple here. It is better known as
The Nandi or Bull standing just outside the temple is a beautiful sight. Water comes out of its mouth continuously and this is believed to be the holy
. The priest will tell you that the holy
from the deep. This place is also known as Dakshina Kashi. The hills are a nature lover’s delight. There are several natural caves which are worth exploring. Several clubs and Non-government organisations (NGOs) offer caving and trekking packages to Antargange from
and even Kolar. Getting to Antargange from
is not a problem at all. Kolar is well-connected by road and rail network. It is just two hours drive from
Kotilingeshwara is the presiding deity of the temple by the same name. It is in Kammasandra village. It is about five kilometers from KGF and six kms from Alada Mara (Bharat Nagar) bus stop.
The huge Linga measures 108 ft (33 metres) in height and in front of it is a 35 ft (11 metres) tall Basava. They are surrounded by lakhs of small shivalingas spread over 15 acres. So far, 90 lakh lingas have been installed.
There are eleven smaller temples within the
is early morning so that you can leave the maddening traffic behind. Moreover, an early trek is always a refreshing experience. The rocks of Kolar can get pretty hot when the sun comes out.