You might think that being a youngster I do not hold any importance to places of spiritual beliefs or myths. Au contraire, it is the very thing that I look forward to approach. The Ragigudda Temple is of the Hindu God of strength – Hanuman.
The very apotheosis of Bhakthi is the adoration and incarnate divinity of God Rama that God Hanuman showers. Known as the Bhakta of Bhaktas, God Hanuman is worshipped for health, wealth, strength, happiness, goodwill, and success and for utter devotion and focus.
There is a lot of folklore and myths that roam around the idea of how Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple came to be. The Hanuman Leesas that are sung in his praise believe that a big heap of Ragi millet turned to stone. Hence, the name Ragigudde Anjaneya Temple came to be.
It is also believed that at the time of God Ragigudde’s prevalence, Lord Brahma, Maheshwara and Vishnu, the thrimurthies visited the place and wished to stay at the site permanently. In saying so, they turned into three big pillars of stone. True to words, the pillars have stood the test of nature over its course of time and are believed to remain for future developments too.
Located atop a hill, the Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple has a picturesque view and a calming effect on the nerves of the believer. Climbing the stairs to reach the temple is a good exercise for one’s body and in doing so, one attains peace and retention by the time he reaches the abode. Don’t be deterred, the temple provides elevator facility too, but only for the handicapped and elderly.
Though the temple does get crowded at times, the sanctum gives off a very calming effect to the mind and body. And when I was atop that hill, gazing at the shrine, I felt a heaviness leave my body. It was an amazing experience, one that I can never forget.
Darshan and Arti take place without any hurdle and the crowd also moves in a very orderly fashion. This is one temple where you may leave your slippers at the entrance rest assured. Trust me, visit the Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple and experience the myth take effect on you.