Karnataka: Faithful throng Anjanadri Hills ahead of Ayodhya visit

Anjanadri is regarded as the birthplace of Anjaneya or Hanuman.
Anjanadri Hills
Anjanadri Hills

KOPPAL: Anjaneya temple atop the Anjanadri Hills has been receiving a large number of devotees since last week.

According to sources, the reason for this rush is the devotees are visiting the temple before proceeding to Ayodhya for the consecration of Ram temple on January 22. Anjanadri is regarded as the birthplace of Anjaneya or Hanuman.

Most of the devotees are from Gadag, Koppal, Vijayanagar, Ballari, Chitradurga and nearby districts. In all, 50,000 people visited the Anjanadri Hills on the day of Sankranti.

Meanwhile in a press release, Kishkinda Hanumad Janma Bhumi Teerthkshetra Trust chief said the foundation stone for a grand Hanuman temple will be laid at Anjanadri on the day of “prana pratishana” at the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Steps are being taken to provide all amenities to devotees visiting the temple at Anjanadri.

Lalita Hiremath from Gadag said, “We have formed a 10-member women’s group. We will go to Ayodhya after visiting the Anjaneya temple atop the Anjanadri Hills on Thursday. A visit to Anjanadri is a must for us as it is the birthplace of Anjaneya, a devoted companion of Lord Ram.”

Mutturaj Alavandi, a devotee from Gadag, said the temple witnessed a heavy rush on Tuesday. “We visited Anjanadri thinking that not many would go there on Tuesday. Most of the devotees headed towards Ayodhya from Anjanadri,” he added.

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