This is the birthplace of Lord Hanuman, who epitomises the virtues of immense strength and loyalty that is valued richly in the Indic tradition. It is most unfortunate to refer his birthplace as a "monkey temple". Having said that, this is indeed a beautiful place. It is an easy trek of about 575 steps to the top and the scenery from the top is well worth the climb. One gets to see the whole of Kishkinda -- with its amazing rocky landscape, with rocks going back 3.5 billion years to the dawn of history in Gondwanaland -- and also the more contemporary 14th century ruins of Vijayanagar across the Tungabhadra river. At one point along the climb, you will pass through a narrow cave where a cool wind blows and gives the weary traveller the feeling of AC blast! Legend says that Lord Hanuman's father was the wing god Pavan and this cave could just be Pavan-dev's cave. Overall a very nice experience
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