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Now begins the actual ascent. Climbing and walking about 200 yards, we come to
the first Mahadwara surmounting a tall tower. It is quite imposing and multi- storied,
adorned with excellent sculptural pieces on four sides. And it is from here the
sheltered flight of stairs with scores of ups and downs, bends and curves
begins. As seen in the subway,
many steps bearing the carvings of devotees in prostration pose greet our eyes
and halt our forward march. Tradition
bids offering prayers to the devotees in eternal prayer with burning of Karpura.
Our next halt is at a mysterious big boulder.