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Mystique Yana Rocks by YadavThyagaraj Mystique Yana Rocks by YadavThyagaraj
Yana (Kannada: ಯಾಣ) is a village in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India that is known for the unusual rock formations in its vicinity. It is located in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Western Ghats, about 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Karwar port, 40 kilometres (25 mi) from Sirsi, and 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Kumta. The two unique rock outcrops near the village are a tourist attraction and a place for trekking, easily approachable by a small trek through 0.5 kilometres (0.31 mi) of thick forests from the nearest road head.[1][2][3][4]

Yana is famous for these two massive rock outcrops known as the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and the Mohini Shikhara ("Shikhara" means "hill"). The huge rocks are composed of solid black, crystalline limestone. Bhairaveshwara Shikhara is 120 metres (390 ft) in height, while the Mohini Shikhara, which is smaller, is 90 metres (300 ft) in height. Yana is also well known as a pilgrimage centre because of the cave temple below the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara where a Swayambhu ("self manifested", or "that which is created by its own accord") linga has been formed. Water drips from the roof over the linga, adding to the sanctity of the place.[1][2][3]

During annual festivities held here during the Shivaratri, a car festival is also held. It is also a popular hill station because of its lush green scenic forest.[1][2][3]
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Moominfan80 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
That so awesome!!! I almost thought it was a castle when i saw the little picture version in my new deviations folder. XD
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YadavThyagaraj Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank u :)
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Moominfan80 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
No prob! ^^
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Icedragon300 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
That looks very cool. :)
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YadavThyagaraj Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
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igarcia Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Natural castle, pretty cool
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YadavThyagaraj Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed ... Thanks :)
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