Continuation to the previous post: Siddha Bhoomi - 2
The Kalikadevi Temple in the distance (from a nearby hill)
In Sirsangi, was the place where Swamiji intends to built a place for meditators called "Tapovan". The entire area of unpolluted nature had beautiful vibrations and i knew somewhere that there could not be an ideal place like this! There was cactus, there was bilva patra trees and there were the real tulsi plants. The leaves when chewed relished a very pure and strong taste of the original tusli leaves. The sky was bright, yet the breeze was cool and everything looked green around and in the near distance could be seen the powerful
. A divine place! temple of Kalikadevi
Site for Baba Nityanand Tapovan for meditation
On the way,on the high stony hills is the Bhaskaracharya Hill. This was the hill on which Bhaskaracharya did his sadhana.
Sogal, is around, 40 kms from here. All these places are around the Malaprabha waters, also known as Renukasagar reservoir. All these areas that we traveled, the reservoir was visible, which showed that all these holy lands were situated on it's banks.
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Lord Dattatreya had walked these divine places of North Karnataka before he was last seen at Ganagapura, North Karnataka, which is only 275 kms from here. Ganagapura. Even Baba Nityanand is well taken as the incarnation of Lord Dattatreya and these areas so much signify the presence of all incarnations mentioned in the song "Jai Jai Aarti Nityananda...." It contains the lines:
Dwitiya Shripada Hoshi (secondly you incarnated as Shripad Vallabh)
Tritiya Narahari Hoshi (thirdly you incarnated as Narasimha Saraswati)
Ganagapuri Lilaa Daavishi (You did leelas in Ganagapuri)
Even Swami Samarth was in Akkalkot, which is 75 km further up which is and Maanik Prabhu was 100 km further north in Bidar, North Karnataka. Further the aarti also narrates of:
Maanik Prabhu Tu Hoshi (You are Manik Prabhu)
Akkalkot Swami Hoshi (You are Akkalkot Swami)
Shiradi Sai Nath Hoshi (You are Shiradi's Sai Baba)
Kali Yugi Nityananda Banashi (In Kali yuga you became Nityananda)
On the way to Sogal, one can find another ashram of Baba Nityanand of Ganeshpuri, known as Mullur Ashram and this was where Swami Vijayanand lived for more than two years doing his sadhana around here and in the rocky caves of Sogal. This house had just one room and looked like a normal house. A look at the large photo of Baba Nityananda only brought so much of peace and love; his presence was so strong all around in these areas and especially in this little hall.
Along with padukas on the altar, there were pictures of many saints and siddhas who lived around. It also had a statue of Sogal ajja, who lived and did sadhana in caves in Sogal where he had taken samadhi. i called up Mohan Swamiji's ashram to see if he was there and fortunately he was there. In half hour one can reach the first part of the Sogal Hill, called "Chikka Someshwara". There is a small natural cave here that has a Shivalinga inside the half open cave, on which natural water trickled on the Linga. This place is very isolated and not much of common public come here. This has been a place of tapas of many yogis including those who come and do sadhana for siddhis and practices of the kind.
|The cave is hidden among these stony hills|
|The entrance to the cave|
|The Shivalinga in the cave|
|Inside the cave|
|Mallikarjun at the entrance (taken from inside the cave)|
|The area down below besides the cave|
|The waters of Renuka Reservoir seen from the entrance of the cave. Cab parked down below.|
The other side of the hill is Sogal. The climb to the top of this hill over the wide stones steps lead to the temple of Sogal Somnath, which is known to be the meeting place of Shiva and Parvati. This is also a common place to see couples as they tie their nuptial knots here or singles come to ask for a life partner.
|From Sogal Somnath Hill.. .. Distant far seen waters of Renuka Reservoir|
|A Siddha's cave|
|A Shivalinga in constructed to be in water|
|External Cave of Sogal Ajja ... In the back is a small opening to enter into the internal cave (next pic)|
|Internal Cave of Sogal Ajja|
|The long passages deep inside|
|One end of the cave where padukas and photo of Kalikadevi Maa is kept|