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Location - Geographical areas / Infrastructure
Malyavanta Raghunatha temple, Hampi
Anjanadri Hill (Anjeyanadri Hill), Hampi
* 28 Aug 2022
The 1,000 meters Chamundi Hills with a view of the race course,
the Lalitha Mahal palace, Mysore Palace, Karanji and Kukkarahalli lakes
is located close to the palace city of Mysore and takes its name from
the goddess Chamundi to whom a temple is dedicated near its summit. The
goddess, a form of Shakti who as Chamundi slew the demon Mahishasura, is
the tutelary deity of the Wadiyars, rulers of the former princely state
of Mysore. Nandi, the sacred bull, is the vehicle of Shiva, the consort
of the goddess, and symbolises great strength and virility, the animal
force in man.
In earlier days, the Maharajas of Mysore would decorate the ceremonial
Dasara elephant during the annual Dasara festival; since the seventies,
the idol of Goddess Chamundi is taken on an elephant.
Chamundi's main hill features a long stone stairway leading to the top
of the hill. There are 1,008 steps in all, with the first 600 steps
being steeper than those higher up. En route to the top, the steps pass
the large statue of Nandi the bull, the statue is about 16 feet high and
25 feet in length. Local monarch Dodda Devaraja Wadiyar (ruled 1659–72)
directed the steps' creation in 1664 and the installation of the statue
* 15 Jul 2022
Kallathigiri Falls (Kalhattigiri) or Kalhatti Falls is
located at a distance of 53 kilometers from Chikmaglur, at Kallathigiri,
Tarikere Taluk and streams down from the Chandra Dona mountains, and
the height of this waterfall is about 400 feet. There is a temple
dedicated to Lord Shiva - Veerabhadra or Veerabhadreshwara temple.
* 2 Dec 2021
The Ganga dynasty, which ruled Karnataka between the 4th and 11th
century, was spread over the southern and eastern parts of the former
Mysore State and the Cauvery River. The founders of the project
'Inscription Stones of Bangalore' have discovered a hero-stone inside the Begur lake, which they surmise, dates back to the 5th century Ganga dynasty rule in Karnataka. There is no inscription visible as of now.
Source: Ganga-era inscription stone discovered inside Begur lake, economictimes. indiatimes.com
* 2 Dec 2021
Begur hero stone is a unique 10 century A.D, inscription which
elucidates the techniques and strategies in a battle and gives details
about sword fighting, spears throwing techniques. This is the best hero
stone available in whole of India and is now preserved in Bangalore
Begur hero stone is has two portions, the lower portion depicts actual
war scenes in detail. In this portion, the hero warrior of this stone is
seated on a fully decorated horse, holding a sword in one hand and
controlling the horse in other hand and marching towards the enemy who
is on the left side of the stone. The enemy is seated on a decorated
elephant with an umbrella held over his head, indicating that he is king
or an important royal dignitary. Behind this person is the depiction of
‘Rana Bhairavi’ (Victory Goddess) , who is standing nude, holding a
skull in left the hand and Dhamaru ( drum) in the right hand. Opposite
to Rana Bhairavi, there is a line up of musicians behind the hero
warrior. Also there is a depiction of three horse riders,
indicating that they too sacrificed their life in the war. The enemy is
on the opposite side, seated on the elephant marching towards the hero
warrior. The elephant has been stuck with arrows in its head and
forehead. On its path elephant is bouncing one of soldiers from
its trunk. Behind the elephant a curious image is sculpted, wounded
soldiers lying on the ground in agony. The two mysterious creatures
Shakini and Dhakini (devils) have come to feast on the wounded and dead
At the bottom or the lower portion is the representation of the battle
ground, fox, crows, vultures and other animals scavenging for flesh from
The upper portion depicts, the hero, after sacrificing his life, is
taken to heaven; there he is seated on a throne and ‘Apsaras’ ( heavenly
girls) dancing in front of him.
This inscription is presently housed at Government Museum, Bangalore.
Hero stone inscriptions have been found at Kolaramma temple and
Nambihalli both in Kolar district too.
The inscription stone dated 900 AD which resulted in the deaths of
chieftain Nagattara’s son Buttana-setti found in Begur near silk board
has the first mention of Bengaluru. So Bengaluru is older than
Kempegowda…there’s proof. There’s also proof for the cosmopolitan nature
of Bengaluru from as far back as 1350AD, where Kannadiga kings had
inscription stones done in Telugu and Tamil to facilitate the local
Source: stringsofheritage.com ; lakshmisharath.com
* 24 Nov2021
Kavaledurga is located at 18 kms from Thirthahalli, 133 kms from
Mangaluru, 365 kms from Bengaluru. It was a stronghold of the Keladi
Nayakas (an important ruling dynasty of Karnataka and the subordinates
of Vijayanagara empire) during the 16th century.
Kavaledurga fort (Bhuvanagiri) rests on the top of a hill amidst a dense
forest and can be reached by a trek of at least 5 km. Besides the
ruins and an old palace, bath, guard rooms and weapon storage houses,
there are shrines to Virupaksha, Vijaya Vittala, Veerabhadra, Mallara
and Bhuvaneshwari in the fort and a mosque built by Venkatappa Nayaka.
Srikanteshwara temple and Nandi Mantapa are located on the hill.
The snake shrine of Kavaledurga in Shimoga. Image source: FB: @jannatofhimachalofficial
* 24 Nov 2021
Shivalli, a place near the Sri Krishna Temple in Udupi takes its
name from the words Shiva-Halli which means the town of Shiva, so named
after the two Siva temples in Udipi, Anantheshwara temple,
The Shivalli brahmins who follow Dvaita philosophy founded by Vaishnava
saint Sri Madhvacharya ( Poornaprajna or Anandathirta) of Udupi are
known as Shivalli Madhwa Brahmins and those who follow Advaita
philosophy and are known as Shivalli Smarta Brahmins.
* 13 Nov 2021
Udupi (Udipi or Odipu) is a district in the state of Karnataka, famous for temples, beaches and its special unique cuisine.
There are various explanations regarding the name.
1. It is said to be derived from the Tulu word Odipu meaning an elevated village.
2. The name derives from the word Udupa denoting the God in
Chandramouleeshwara temple - Lord Shiva who carries the moon on his
3. It is also believed to have derived from the Sanskrit words Udu
(stars) and Pa (Lord). Chandra Deva (Moon God) married to the 27
stars who were the daughters of Daksha once declined in his glory due to
a curse. Along with his wives, he worshiped Lord Siva at
Chandramouleeshwara temple at Udupi. He regained his former glory
with the blessings of Lord Siva. And hence, the town received the
name Udupi referring to the Moon, Lord of the stars.
4. The district is also known as Parashurama Srishti.
Sri Krishna temple, Anantheshwara temple, Chandramaulishwara temple,
Anegudde Vinayaka Temple, Mookambika Devi temple-one of the seven Mukthi
Sthalas of Karnataka at Kollur 80 km from Udupi, Tuluveshwara Temple in
A massive statue of Gomateshwara or Lord Bahubali at Karkala 40km from Udupi
Kere Basadi, Neminath Basadi in Varanga village
Malpe beach, Mattu, Kadike, Polipu, Kaup, Padubidri
St. Mary’s island, Udyavar Pithrodi
Sources: karnataka.com ; onmanorama.com ; tulu-research.blogspot.com
* 8 Nov 2021
Tulu Nadu is the land of tulu speaking people in parts of Karnataka (Dakshina
Kannada and Udupi districts) and northern parts of Kerala (Kasaragod district upto Chandragiri river). The ethnic
group of these regions are Tuluvas.
Historically, Tulu Nadu consisted of two separate lands of Haiva and
Tuluva, the two ethnic groups. This region was under the reign of Ballal
Kings of Sullia. It is believed that the Bunt/ Nair and the Brahmin
migration to Tulunadu might have happened during the lifetime of the
Kadamba king Mayuravarma at 345 AD. During the reign of Madhvacharya in
the 13th century, around eight monasteries (Mutts) were built in
Udupi. Until the 17th century Tulu Nadu was governed by
feudatories of the Vijayanagara Empire. The longest reigning dynasty of
Tulu Nadu was the Alupas and they were the feudatories of the prominent
dynasties of Karnataka.
After the British defeated Tipu Sultan in 1799, Tulu Nadu was attached
to the Madras Presidency before being reverted to the state of Mysore.
Yakshagana is said to have originated around 400 years ago in Karnataka.
* 22 Oct 2021
is a tributary of Krishna river, Belgaum district. It originates
from the Chorla Ghats, a section of the Western Ghats. Bennihala and the
Hirehalla are the principal tributaries. Malprabha joins Krishna River
at Kudalasangama in Bagalkot district. The Malaprabha dam is the
shortest dam in Karnataka.
* 22 Oct 2021
The main attractions of Saundhatti (Savadatti) town in Belgaum district, Karnataka are temples and forts.
Renuka Sagara reservoir
Yellammaguda temple (Renuka Devi)
Shirasangi Kallika Devi temple
* 24 Oct 2021
Places to visit in Karnataka
Bangalore (Bengaluru) - capital of Karnataka
Begur Nageshwara temple by the Western Ganga Kings Nitimarga I & II.
The Chokkanathaswamy temple at Domlur, the Aigandapura complex near
Hesaraghatta, Mukthi Natheshwara Temple at Binnamangala, Choleshwara
Temple at Begur, Someshwara Temple at Madiwala, date from the Chola era
Chikmagalur - (Coffee land of Karnataka) hill station with coffee plantations
Coorg - hill station with coffee plantations
Gokarnam, Uttara Kannada district - Mahabaleshwara temple, beaches
Hampi - located on the banks of the Tungabada river, is famous
for the temples and monuments of the Vijayanagara perod, although mostly
in ruins. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Jog Falls - highest plunge waterfall in the state and second highest in the country after Nohkalikai Falls of Meghalaya
Murudeshwar, Uttara Kannada district - Murudeshwara temple and the second tallest Shiva statue in the world
Mysore (Mysuru) - Palace, silk sarees
Udupi (Udupi, Odipu) - Sri Krishna temple, cuisine - Udupi hotels,