The unexpected is an intrinsic part of travelling.
Unplanned visits to wayside shrines every so often are full of surprises. One such shrine that I visited yesterday is off the Salem- Bangalore National highway, NH 44 (previously NH 7), in Gurubarapalli, a few kilometres before Hosur.
Frequent travellers on this highway will know that this is one of the most scenic roads in Tamil Nadu, passing through beautiful Krishnagiri district with its lakes, hills and forests. The route is dotted with many hills and hillocks on both sides of the road that are mostly enormous piles of rounded smooth rocks and boulders and a delight to watch.
The temple is clearly visible towards the left from the highway as you travel from Krishnagiri to Hosur It stands out in the wilderness. Turn left on the mud road near the temple..there are no sign boards.
A twin flight of red painted steps lead to the cave temple on the hill. We started towards the steps but the priest led us to a small shrine on the left that had an idol of Durga devi. After offering prayers here, we went to the cave shrine. The priest was a physically challenged person but he climbed the steps very quickly and was at the top before us to unlock the doors of the beautiful shrine.
Inside the cave is a small idol of Vishnu. To the right of the idol is a small stone garlanded and coloured red by vermillion which is worshipped as the Suyambu Perumal.
Below are some pictures of the cave temple.