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Historians have identified Angadi as Sasakapura or Sosevur, the original home of Hoyasalas who held sway in vast swathes of South India. The shrine here has pillars of granite with cylindrical shafts and hemi spherical mouldings.
The pilgrimage of Belavadi is dotted with a number of ancient temples and shrines. The Veeranarayana temple is a supreme example of Hoysala temple architecture.
The Baba Budangiri Hills
The Baba Budangiri hills are named after the Muslim saint, Baba Budan, who took up residence here in the 17th century. The Baba Budan Shrine is revered by both the Hindus and Muslims and thousands of devotees throng the shrine for the blessing of the peer. A complex of three caves can be found here, believed to have been sanctified by 3 revered siddhas whose icons and 'gaddinges' (tombs) are located in the caves.
The Kodanda-Ramaswamy temple is one of the most famous sites in Chikmagalur town. This state-protected monument is dedicated to Lord Ram. St. Joseph's Cathedral has an eye-catching, shell-shaped portico. To the town's north is Rathnagiri Bore, a hillock that offers majestic views of Mullayanagiri, Karnataka's highest peak. Rathnagiri Bore has now been converted into a garden and is called Mahatama Gandhi Park. Manikyadhara Falls is a popular waterfall near the renowned pilgrim centre of Baba Budangiri Dattatreya Peetha.
Dharmasthala is an Indian temple town on the banks of the Nethravathi River in the Belthangadi taluk of the Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka, India. It is also a panchayat village, and it is the only village in its gram panchayat.
The village is known for its Dharmasthala Temple which houses the shrine of Shiva, Manjunatha, Ammanavaru, Chandranath and the Dharma Daivas (guardian spirits of Dharma) namely Kalarahu, Kalarkayi, Kumaraswamy and Kanyakumari. The temple is unusual in that it is run by a Jain administration and poojas are conducted by Hindu priests of Madhva order. Lakshadeepa, the festival of lights, is the annual festival of Dharmasthala in November–December. On an average the flow of pilgrims is about 10,000 people a day. A mechanised kitchen provides free food for all pilgrims and there are guest houses with modern amenities.
Halebidu is located in Hassan district in Karnataka. Ketumalla, the chief of staff of Hoysala Kingdom, built this temple during 1121 A.D and attributed to his king, Vishnuvardhana and queen, Shantala Devi. Even then it is learnt that it took 105 years to complete. If one stands on the platform of the temple and sees around he will see the hills opposite and two big bulls facing the temple and a Ganesha figure on the south.
It is believed that Queen Shantala Devi, was an epitome of beauty and fashion, she was also a great Bharatnatyam dancer and musician. Sculptors were inspired by this and the Shilabalikas, the dancing figures, are models of Queen Shantala Devi and her maids. History of Hoysalas mentions Shantala Devi had great influence in the adminstration and religious reforms during Vishnuvardhana reign. She was follower of Jainism and the King follower of Sri Vaishnaism and was influenced by Saint Ramanuja Charya.
In the 14th century, this glorious city fell into ruins with the invasion of Malik Kafur, Mughuls, from the North India. This place was ransacked and plundered repeatedly rendering it in ruins. Hence its name Haledid, meaning "City of Ruins".
Monolithic soapstone or Chloritic Schist was used for the construction of these temples. The God on the northern side temple is called as Shanthaleshwara and that on southern side is called as Hoysaleshwara.
The walls of the temple are covered with endless depictions from Hindu mythology, animals, birds and Shilabalikas. Yet no two postures of the sculptures are similar.
Built after Shantala Devi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana, the Shantaleswara temple on the northern side stands on a platform like a casket in shining black soft stone - chlorite schist covered with variety of gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. The temple took 190 years to build requiring skills of more than 20,000 laborers. It has a Museum on the lawns that showcases 12th century sculptures and gold coins in use at the time. One km from Halebid is Basti hill with Jain bastis with gleaming black stone pillars.
Kukke Subramanya is a Hindu temple located in the village of Subramanya in the Sullia taluk of Dakshina Kannada District near Mangaluru, Karnataka, India. The temple is one of the pristine pilgrimage locations in India. Here Lord Subrahmanya is worshipped as the lord of all serpents. The epics relate that the divine serpent Vasuki and other serpents found refuge under Lord Subrahmanya when threatened by Garuda.
Hebbe Falls are situated about 10 km away from the famous hill station Kemmangundi in Karnataka, India. This waterfalls are inside a coffee estate and can be reached either by walk or four-wheeler. Hebbe Falls gushes down from a height of 551 ft in two stages to form Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls). As of 30th Sept 2012, the falls remain closed due to a recent Supreme Court order banning tourism in tiger reserves.
Muthodi wildlife sanctuary is about 38 Km from Chikmagalur. The Government of Mysore declared the area as the Jagara Valley Game Reserve in 1951. In 1974, after a census of the animal species in the adjoining areas, the sanctuary was reconstituted as the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and later changed to Muthodi Sanctuary. Situated in the Western Ghats it is spread over a sprawling area of 492 sq. kilometers of dense forest. The Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as the 25th save Tiger project in 1998. The hills of Kemmanagundi and Baba Budan are on the outer side to the east.
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