Devgiri Hills

· The hill
· How to go & Where to stay

The hill

48 km from Rayagada , towards the south-west of Kalyansinghpur, surrounded by bountiful of nature stands the sacred Devagiri hill upto a height of 400 feet. The speciality of of the hill is that it is not narrower upwards like other hills but ends in a flat platform of rectangular plain of 400 by 100 feet having no treess or bushes. The sides being very steep the summit can be approached only from the northern side. There are seven natural steps in ascending order placed at a distance of 20 to 30 feet apart.In between the surface is rough, thus helping to climb crawling.These natural steps are are yet another unique feature of the  Devagiri hill.

The fourth step enshrines Mahalaxmi, the goddess of wealth and beauty. One can reach the flat surface after crossing the seventh step, the top most one. Ther is a heap of stones known as 'Sukhuakhai' and it is said that one who eats sukhua or dry fish will slip down while getting down from the top. At the top, there are perennial natural pools of water called Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Bhargavi and Indradyumna, which are rare gifts of nature, and because of the presence of water the isolated place draws crowd during religious festivals  such as  Sivaratri.

After passing these natural pools one can see a depression from east to west  at an uniform depth of five feet, the width being ten feet leading to a cave which appears like the opening of two jaws. One can enter into the cave by crawling upto the meeting point of the jaws, where Shiva Lingam, the presiding deity is enshrined. Images of various description, artistically chiselled, are to be found all aroud the cave exhibiting the artistic skill of the mediaval times. There is one still undeciphered inscription which speak of the antiquity of the place.

Devgiri Hills

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