Visakhapatnam is framed by a line of three hills, each with a shrine sacred to a different religion. Venkateswara temple on the south hill referred to as Sri Venkateswara Konda could be a Hindu shrine. The north hill Darga Konda homes a Muslim shrine, cake Ishaq Madina Dargah and thus the Christian shrine, Mary is on the central and therefore the highest Ross Hill.
SRI VENKATESWARA SWAMY KONDA
Sri Venkateswara Swamy Konda Temple is located on Sri Venkateswara Swamy Konda Hill at a distance of 5 kms from Visakhapatnam (Vizag) Railway Station. It is a huge temple surrounded by three beautiful hills around which makes the ambiance more pleasant for the devotees. The Serene atmosphere of the place inspires you to stay there for a long time. The best time to visit the temple is from November to February as the weather here will be pleasant. It is the most sort after tourist destination.
The Temple is Dedicated to God Lord Venkateswara, Sri Venkateswara Temple is Situated in the South, among the slops of three hills which has a lush green sanctuary devoted to the God Lord Venkateswara. It is said to have been built by a European captain Blackmoor in 1866, according to the Telugu inscriptions. A remarkable feature of the temple is its small and temple steep entrance which resembles a pyramid shape, the passage is known as Gopura. By standing on the hill top elevated place you can have a view of the post channel, which is the entrance of the inner Harbour for ship and liners. It is a very Pleasant Sightseeing for the tourist and the visitors to the temple, as the temple is situated near Visakhapatnam Harbour.
As the temple of Sri Venkateswara Konda is in the center of the city and has the good connectivity to all the places around, most of the tourist start their journey by visiting the temple first with the belief that they will be showered by the blessings of Lord Venkateswara, as it is a good idea to start your journey by visiting the temple first. From the hill top, it is an interesting sight to see ships coming in and going out of the Harbour, and groups of fishermen throwing their nets over water.
Darga Konda is located in Visakhapatnam (Vizag) at a distance of 5kms from the railway station. Darga Konda is located on the northern side of the harbor and on the way to the harbor. It is a mosque and the holy shrine of a Muslims saint, Sayed Ali Medina Alias Ishaque Madina, in the saint was believed to have miraculous powers. It is a very famous holy place which is visited by the people of all the religion and faith. It was built by a Mughal King Aurangzeb after his visit to Visakhapatnam about 700 yrs. ago. Darga Konda constitutes to the line of Three hills, the other is Sri Venkateswara Konda Temple and the Rose Hill.
The Places Surrounded by beautiful views of hills and valleys, pleasant environment compel the tourist to visit the place as Darga has a pious belief attached to the devotees of various faith. On the Celebration of ‘Pires festival’ at Visakhapatnam (Vizag), not only Muslims, but people of all other religion feel esteemed in visiting the magnificent place of Darga. The best time to visit Darga Konda or the line of three hills is November to February as the Climate of Visakhapatnam (Vizag) will be very pleasant.
Ross Hill Church
Ross hill church is situated at the top of the central hill on the line of three hills, and other too which stands for distinctive significance, Sri Venkateswara Konda temple, and Darga Konda. Apart from the religious significance, the Ross hill church is popular for its grand and splendid architecture. Located between the green valley, attracts tourists to visit this majestic church.
There are places in Visakhapatnam (Vizag) which resembles the places of religious harmony Ross hill church is one among them (the people of Visakhapatnam (Vizag) cherish cultural harmony). A Darga Konda situated on the north hill, and a temple at the foot of the hill and the Ross hill church at the top of the hill witness the cultural harmony of the city of Visakhapatnam. These three monuments stand for religious as well as cultural harmony.
The Ross hill church is named after a Judge Monsieur Ross who built a house on top of the hill. The church was renovated many times to accommodate devotees. The church was Build a century ago. It is a Roman Catholic church of mother marry. The Holy Shrine is of great significance to all the devotees & mother Mary, which stands for symbol of love and harmony, as everyone dedicate their prayers to ‘Deva-Matha’-Catholic, and protestants. The Best Time to Visit The Line of Three Hills is Winter Season.