The giant red flying squirrel is an inhabitant of these forests. It can jump fairly long distances between trees by spreading out the web-like skin between its limbs as though they were wings.
Marvel at the ingenuity of the sculptor who has created a figurine that can simultaneoulsy be viewed as a single, oversized being or two bodies that have put their heads together.
One of the pillars at the temple, which strongly reminds us of the Hoysala style of architecture. The bottom portion reminded me of a bicycle tyre!
This sculpture of Devi Mahishasuramardhini is also damaged, probably dislodged from its original location.
A disfigured idol of Ganapathi outside the temple. It is evident people have come here before me, some of them to build things, some to fill their hearts & souls with the sights, and some others seeking to destroy… with Nature’s dispassionate equanimity as the sole witness.
Legend says that Bheemasena, the second Pandava, built this temple when they reached here during their banishment, Arjuna used his mastery in archery to open up beside the temple a perennial stream of water that is now called the Sarala river, and Yudhishtira consecrated the temple on Shivarathri.
The customary Nandi which is quite large in size. When you notice the intricately carved garland of bells adorning the bull, you may begin to doubt the legend. After all, how many things could Bheemasena have done?
The trek up to the temple unravels scintillating vistas of the wlidlife sanctuary spread across Sharavathi Valley. It is a natural booster that pops up just when you begin thinking about it.
One has to walk the last 2 km to reach the temple, crossing seasonal cascades and streams in the wilderness. Naturally, it can be challenging.
Bheemeshwara Temple of Aralagodu is another beautiful destination in the proximity of Sharavathi backwaters that promises pristine beauty and some adventure; it is a well-kept secret because it lies at the end of a slushy cul-de-sac and it’s more tempting to drop the idea despite the lure of a waterfall during monsoons. However, if one does manage to reach this place, it will immediately win the heart with its unspoilt riches. The road from Saagara takes you to Jog Falls Circle; take a left turn and proceed along Bhatkal Road, passing Kargal & Muppane along the way. You will reach Kogar Ghat which has cement roads; drive down another 3 km and you will find a board to your right, pointing the way to Bheemeshwara. You will have to trek from this point in the rainy season. At other times, you may drive down as far as you can, and then start walking.