Recently I came to know about a Place Sadasiva Kona near Puthur. The hill was named by a Siva temple is situated in the hill top. (Kona means Hill) I went some treks to Nagala East and west side and this hill was located on the other side of the Nagala hill range. My Neighbor's family is planned for a visit to this place on 1st October and they called me as they know I was interested to visit this place. Due to some reasons I was not went with them on that day. But I planned to visit with my friends on the next day to that place. On 1st night others are not ready to come for some reasons and I was in little confusion, whether go or not. But I bought some food items for the trek and I was ready at any time to start. On that day night heavy rain started and I was in more dilemma, whether I go by solo or not by this rainy situation. Next day early morning I decided to go for a solo trek, woke up immediately and get ready by 6.30 am. Started alone towards Sadasiva Kona trek and planned to return on the same day itself with my family friends (already camping there) or by solo.
About Sadhasiva Kona: The temple of Lord Sadasiva (an incarnation of Lord Shiva) along with his wife Goddess Kamakshi is situated near the waterfalls and the major festivals celebrated here are Maha Shivaratri, Vaikunta Ekadasi and all Mondays during the Karthika Masam. During these days devotees in a large number visit the temple from several parts of the Andhra state and Tamil Nadu state as well. The king of Karveti nagaram who patronized and worshipped Lord Sadasiva and Goddess Kamakshi constructed the temple.
I boarded a local train to Tirupathi by 7.40 at Villivakkam and it reached at 10.20 am in Puthur. I gathered information from my family friend that there is very few buses plying to T.R.Kandriga (Timma Raju Kandriga) or we have to take a auto to the village. From the village we have to walk around 1.5 km to reach the base. I bought some apples there in the market and waited for a bus, but the local people said few minutes before the bus went, so you can take a auto to reach the place. By luckily I got a Share auto plying to that village. I boarded the auto and waiting for other passengers to come fill the seats. everybody asked me, where are you going? are you going alone? like these questions. Finally the auto started from Puthur and few kilometers it went in the highway and taken a right to T.R.Kandriga village road. (15km) Auto driver dropped me in the village and took Rs.20 from me. Usually you have to take a separate auto and they charge Rs.200, but my luck the villagers came in that auto, so charged only Rs.20. I had my breakfast in between (bread) and walked towards the base (1.5km).
|Path leading to Hill Temple|
|Falls next to Siva Temple|
|Falls near Kamakshi Temple|
I heard Kanchi Maha Periyava has stayed in this hill for almost a year and he himself performed Pooja / abhiseham to Lord Sadasiva and Goddess Kamakshi here. Personalities like MS, Seshan, and R V Venkatraman have brought food to Maha periyava during his stay.
Now the time was around 5.30pm and the Pandit asked me have you staying tonight and had anything? I was in a feeling that I want to stay here forever and said yes to the Pandit without thinking anything. It was getting dark and sitting alone in the temple and enjoying the nature. I didn't even informed my house that I will stay there in the night, but I said I am going to this temple and our neighbors are there already. So not bothered so much. By 8.00 pm the Pandit and assistant offered me food for the night and a mat to sleep.
Here some monkeys are disturbed us in the evening and some mosquitoes / insects are disturbed in the night. I slept in between the mosquito bites and woke up early morning freshly. Morning taken a bath in the fresh water pond below the waterfalls and prayed in Kamatchi temple. By 6.30am I proceed to Siva Temple and again taken bath in the waterfalls up to my wish. Taking permission from god Siva and descended to base by 7.00am and it took 1.45 hours to reach the base. I want to get down to base before Sun rays scorching me. Reached the base around 8.45am and had my breakfast (bread). Walked towards the village and found a auto was moving from the village. I shouted stop! stop! and ran towards the auto(there are only few vehicles to Puthur at certain time gap), the auto driver stopped after few yards hearing my voice. Immediately boarded in the auto and ply towards Puthur station. The hill was moving behind me slowly and getting smaller from my vision. But still the memories are greenery in my mind.
Sadasiva Kona Falls
Number of people visiting this place is increasing day by day but no efforts are taken to preserve this hill. I saw lot of plastic waste and alcohol bottles that are choking the stream. People are using this hill as a picnic spot for drinking and later bathing in the waterfalls for fun.
Again on January 2nd I visited this place with my two friends and refreshed myself again.