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Jhira Narasimha Swamy Temple - Bidar, Karnataka

Jharani Narasimha Swamy temple is located in Bidar, Karnataka. The temple is also known as Jhira Narasimha Swamy temple or the Water Cave temple. It is one of its kind and very unique as the temple is located inside a cave that is full of flowing water up to the shoulder level of an adult person. Hence it is also known by the name Water Cave temple.
Jharani Narasimha Swamy is easily reachable from Hyderabad by road via Zaheerabad. Bidar is easily reachable from other important places in Karnataka. There are good number of State Road Transport Corporation (RTC) buses and also private buses from various places in Karnataka to Bidar. However road trip to the temple is quite enjoyable.

The place is located in a beautiful picturesque valley which is rich in vegetation. The temple has not gained much popularity for no known reasons, so you don't find much crowd in this place. There are few simple local shops selling local stuff. On reaching the temple you will find nearly 60 steps. You have to go down the steps to reach the small shrine of Lord Ganesha.

At this place, you can buy tickets for 'abhishekam' i.e pouring of milk on the main idol, if you want to perform. From this place the devotees are regularized and sent in small groups as the inside of the temple in front of the 'Mool Virat' or main deity cannot accommodate many people at a time due to space crunch inside the cave. So you need to go in small groups.

After getting the tickets for abhishekam and having the darshan of Lord Ganesha, you will slowly step down into the flowing water inside the cave. As you walk or so to say wade through the water, you will experience that you are gradually going deeper into the water and finally you have to wade through the flowing water which is up to almost neck or shoulder deep inside the cave. This really gives you an adventurous and thrilling experience as you don't even find a support like railings while you wade through the water inside the cave. On top of that, there is near darkness or very little lighting inside the cave and you have to take several serpentine turns, almost 7 turns, while you wade through the water.

The shorter ones and women (who don't know swimming) need to be very careful as you will be almost inside the water and with great difficulty you can lift your head up to nose above the water. Though initially, you will be scared, yet you will be excited on reaching the main temple when you see the Mool Virat. On your way towards the main temple, you will come across the devotees returning / wading through the water. If you go along with children, you need to carry them on your shoulders and wading through the water.

On reaching the main temple, you have to step up, have the darshan of the main deity and have the abhishekam performed and immediately start your way back to wade through the water. You need not carry the milk for abhishekam but it will be brought by the temple staff.

On the whole, it gives you a wonderful thrilling experience which you can never forget in your life. Wading through the natural springs of water inside a dark cave is really something different and enjoyable. Besides, you can also have the darshan and blessing of Narasimha Swamy who is one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

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