” RISHIMUKHA PARVATAM ” the holy place where Sri Rama bhaktha Hanumanji met Supreme Lord Rama and Lakshmana for the very first time.

The journey for a  devotee of Lord Rama  from Ayodhya to Lanka takes us through many places in India. One such place is Kishkindha  …..


Proceeding ahead with our pilgrimage to LORD RAMAs Holy abodes few years back ,  we reached  Hampi in the state of  Karnataka where the KISHKINDA charitram happened .


RISHIMUKHA PARVATAM  is  the place where Hanumanji  met  Lord  Rama and Lakshman for the first time.  


Sugreeva  had sent Hanumanji  to meet  them in order to make sure that they were not spies of his brother and arch  enemy Bali.


It is said  Hanumanji  carried   Lord Shri Ram and Lakshman on his shoulders and took Lordships   to  Rishimukh Parvat to meet  Sugreev. The capital city of Sugreev “Kishkinda” is also near by..


This kingdom is identified to be the regions around the Tungabhadra river (then known as Pampa Saras) near Hampi in Karnataka.



There is a mountain near to the river (as shown in the picture )with the name Rishimukha where Sugriva lived with Hanuman, during the period of his exile also is found with the same name.


During that  time the whole region was within the dense forest called Dandaka Forest extending from Vindhya range to the South Indian peninsula.


Hence this kingdom was considered to be the kingdom of Vanaras also co relating it to Kishikinda Near the ancient Kishkinda, around four kilometers from the town of Hampi, there exists a Mountain called Malbhavant (Prastravan) where  Lord Rama  has spent the monsoon season. The places to see around this area include Bali Bandara, Anjani Parvat (mountain), and Matang Rishi Mountain .


Matanga Parvata (hill)     where Matanga Rishi’s Ashram was & where Sugriva stayed to escape from Bali ……………..

Malyavanta Parvata         where Sri Rama & Lakshmanji stayed during chaturamasa (the rainy season) ……………..


Anjane Parvata                 where Anjani Mata’s cave is – birthplace of Hanumanjee …….Rishimukha Parvata         Actual site of Kishkindha nagari  ………….


..Kodanda Rama Temple   where Sri Ram anointed Sugriva as King of Kishkindha ……………”Yantra” Hanumanji        where Sri Ram & Lakshmanji met Hanumanji for the first time Temple    ………….


Chakratirtha  where Pampa river (Tungabhadra) turns northwards – where Matanga Rishi,   Shabari Mata, Sri Rama, Lakshmanji, Hanumanji & all the Ramayana characters would  have bathed …………


Sugriva’s Cave where Sugriva hid Sita Mata’s clothes & jewels dropped from the vimana as she was being  taken away by Ravana.

  Chintamani Ashram   is the holy place     from where Lord  Sri Ram fired the lethal arrow at Vali .



Vali Kasta is the place   where Vali was cremated and  his ashes lay for a long time . This place is  very difficult to locate as  the huge pile has been almost fully leveled by the locals for farming………….



Vali Kila     is    Vali’s Fort, behind the Durga Devi temple – where Vali had his kingdom in the Satya Yuga ………

Pampasarovar  is  the Pampa lake, as described in the Ramayana . Shabari Ashram is   where Shabari Mata waited for Lord Rama.


Hanumanjee while returning  from lanka personally submitted the choodamani given by Mother sita to  Lord  Ramar at this place near Malyavanta hill.


River Tungabhadra in full flow at Hampi surrounded by hillocks on either sides is a divine sight to watch .



Lord  Sri Sita Lakshmana Hanuman Sugreeva sametha Sri Kodandaramar, temple at Hampi carved out of a single boulder darshan takes us into those lovely moments of the divine pastime of Lordships


 -Lord Rama crowned Sugriva as Vanara King at this  very spot.Lord gives darshinam as as “Vaikunta Ramar” holding sankhu and chakram.



All the deities have been sculpted in a single rock. This temple is on the banks of Tungabhadra river at Hampi. We move at the banks of Tungabhadra river to have darshanam of Purandaradasar Mantapam in Hampi.


Sri Purandaradasar was incarnation of of Sage Naradar and preached bhakti through his songs which Lord Malayappa Swami along with His consorts listens daily during Sahasradeepalankarana seva at Tirumala.



The great devotee spent his last days at this place.Sri Ramar temple at Malyavanta hill where Lord Rama and Lakshmana stayed for four months during  rainy season after crowning Sugreeva as King of Vanaras..


Hanumar offered the Choodamani  given by Mother Sita  to  Lord Sri Ramar at this place-Malyavanta hill. Hanumanjee conveyed the whereabouts of Mother Sita to Lord Rama.


Sri Sita,Lakshmana,Hanumath sametha Sri Ramapiraan’s sannidhi along with utsava murthis. .Hanuman is in kneeling posture with choodamani in his hand  alsoYanthrodharaka Hanumar temple near Kodandaramar temple, Hampi.



A unique combination of Sudarshana Chakram and Sri Hanumar. (Usually we find combination of Sudarshana Chakram and Narasimhar).



The locals informed that  the great saint  Sri Vyasaraja everyday used to draw a picture of the Lord Hanuman on the rocks before offering  his prayers using a charcoal and the picture disappeared after the rituals were completed. This incident  happened for 12 days in a row.  Sri Vyasaraja  pleaded  Lord to appear…On the twelfth day, Lord Hanuman appeared in front of  his devotee  and blessed him. It is said that the Lord himself asked Sri Vyasaraja to first constrain him in a hexagonal or a six angled amulet and install him in that place.  Legend also says that, this was the place where Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman met for the first time.

The temple is on the top of a hill and on the banks of Tungabhadra river; there are steps leading to this temple. Lord Hanuman here is is in a meditative state and when you closely look at the Lord, you would get to see the carvings of 12 monkeys holding tails of one another as they face backwards. It is a representation of the 12 days of prayers that Sri Vyasaraja did before the Lord blessed him. The crown of Lord Hanuman is his tail and there are seed syllables carved on the entire rock around the statue. Yantrodharaka Hanuman is the first installation of Sri Vyasaraja amongst the 732 Hanumanjee  installations. A  stream  of Tungabhadra that flows in this divine land is known as Chakrateertha. This is the only Hanuman  deity  facing his devotees straight and is in the meditative state. The temple  was constructed by the Vijayanagara emperor Tammaraya.

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The Priest informed  Hanumanjee is  very graceful. The locals say that to honour Hanuman after he  met  Mother Sita, the vaanaras honoured him with holy bath.


 ( Abhishekam ) Thirumanjanam was being performed when we went to have darshan. Yanthrodharaka Hanumar temple near Kodandaramar temple, Hampi. A unique combination of Sudarshana Chakram and Sri Hanumanjee makes one charged to be a soldier under his custody . (Usually we find combination of Sudarshana Chakram and Narasimhar).


You can see the photograph of the closer view of Hanumanjee handing over choodamani to Lord Ramar at Malyavantha Raghunatha temple in Hampi .


We move ahead to have darshanam of Sri Rambhakth Hanuman at Madhuvanam,Hampi. Jubilant Sri Hanumanji after his triumphant return from Lanka along with other vanaras entered Madhuvan , the most favourite garden of Sugriva to satisfy their hunger. While giving aarthi to Hanumar, the priest explained how the vanaras entered Madhuvanam and after taking Angadha’s consent, they drank honey to their satisfaction and trampled the garden out of excess joy .


Sugriva’s uncle who was the guardian , approaches Sugriva and complains about the vanaras indiscipline  expecting Sugriva to punish them severely. But the wise Sugriva understood that the vanaras would have found Mother Sita and were celebrating in joy…


. He forgave them and instructed his uncle to send the vanaras immediately to Malyavan parvath where Sri Rama and Lakshmana were eagerly waiting to hear about Thayar’s welfare.


You can also see the photograph of RISHIMUKHA PARVATAM ..This kingdom is identified to be the regions around the Tungabhadra river (then known as Pampa Saras) near Hampi in Karnataka.


The mountain near to the river with the name Rishimukha where Sugriva lived with Hanuman, during the period of his exile also is found with the same name.During the time of Ramayana i.e., Treta Yuga, the whole region was within the dense forest called Dandaka Forest extending from Vindhya range to the South Indian peninsula.


All glories to the devotees who are reading adiyen’s SriRama Anuyathirai patiently .

May our LORD SITA RAMA always be with us .

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Adiyen Ramanuja dasan


Cover Picture  courtesy : Thanks to HG BhattaPriya govinda dasa