Yana is a village located almost between Sirsi & Kumta in north Karnataka. Yana is known for its unusual black rock formations. Below is the complete Yana travel guide.
Yana is mainly famous for two magnificent black rock formations which are known as the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and the Mohini Shikhara. The huge black rocks are composed of solid black, crystalline Karst limestone.
Bhairaveshwara Shikhara which comes after the Mohini Shikhara is 120 meters (390 ft) in height, while the Mohini Shikhara is around 90 meters (300 ft) in height. Both of these hills are rising sharply in the sky.
Mythical story behind Yana caves:
According to the Hindu mythology, there was a demon king with the name as Bhasmasura. By austere penance, Bhasmasura was able to make lord Shiva very happy. So lord Shiva asked Bhasmasura to ask him for a boon.
So Bhasmasura obtained a boon from lord Shiva when he will place his hand over any one’s head, he would burn them up and turn them into ashes (Bhasma).
Now with the boon, Bhasmasura got excited and to test his powers, he thought of testing the power with Shiva’s head. So he began running after Shiva while lord Shiva began escaping from him.
Looking at this scenario, there was a hue and cry in the heaven and all the Gods went to lord Vishnu who is said to be the Guru who can resolve all the problems. So to protect lord Shiva, lord Vishnu turned himself up into a beautiful damsel (Mohini) to entice Bhasmasura with her beauty.
Bhasmsura was quite infatuated by Mohini and asked Mohini to marry him. But Mohini put up a challenge before him that he had to do some dance before her. The dance steps involved putting the hand on his own head. Infatuated, Bhasmasura, began dancing. Without realizing, he put his hands on his own head and he burnt himself down.
According to Hindu Mythology, that’s why rocks near Yana are so black .The two hillocks are also named for this event: the tall peak being Bhairaveshwara Shikhara (“Shiva’s hill”), and the smaller peak, a few steps down below, being Mohini Shikhara (“Mohini’s hill”) where an idol of goddess Parvathi is installed.
Yana from Sirsi & Kumta:
Yana is around 55 Kms from Sirsi and 30 Kms from Kumta side. Yana is North-East to Kumta and West to Sirsi. There is a proper road until the yana parking lot and from there you can trek to the Yana caves.
Earlier there used to be a 10 Km of trekking to Yana. But there is a nice single road to Yana until where you can drive and park your vehicle. You will have to leave the Kumta-Sirsi road in between and drive on the single road to reach Yana.
At the main entrance, there is a bathroom facility but it was locked when we visited there and there is a small shop as well. At the entrance, you can park your vehicle. There is no vehicle parking fee. But there is a fee of Rupees 5 as the Yana entrance fee.
Yana trek is now about of almost 2 Km. Out of which 1.5 Km is a regular walk on a trail and last half a Km, you will have climb stairs to Yana caves. The Yana trek is mostly along a waterfall. The water is very clean and you can also take a dip inside the water pool. So did we.
On the weekends, Yana would be sparsely crowded. However, you might not encounter vehicles or people except a few bikers while driving to the Yana caves. Same might happen on the Yana trek as well but chances are there that you will find local people going to the Yana cave temple.
You will first see the Mohini Shikhara while climbing the stairs, then you will see the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara. There is a temple of lord Shiva there. There is another shop near Bhairaveshwara Shikhara where you can buy snacks.