Biligirirangan Hills or BR hills is situated on the south-eastern border of Karnataka. The Place is popular for its Biligiri Ranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary or BRT Wildlife Sanctuary. The BR hills sanctuary has a unique ecosystem. Since it links Eastern with the Western Ghats, the animal movement is open from one ghat to the other. This further allows the breeding of species. Thus, the sanctuary is an essential biological bridge of the entire Deccan plateau.
Biligiri Rangaswamy temple is another highlight of the hills, situated at the edge of a cliff on the northern side of the sanctuary. This is the only temple in India where one can find the standing form of God Ranganatha. Other deities include Ranganayaki and Alvars. A yearly car festival is held here where a large number of people participate, usually taking place in the month of April. The local Soliga tribe presents a large pair of slippers that measure around 1 foot and 9 inches to Ranganatha once every two years. The distance between Bandipur National Park and BR hills is around 67 km.
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