Haveri District, Karnataka

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Location: Haveri district is located in almost at the center of Karnataka. Haveri shares boundary with Shimoga district in the south-west, Uttara Kannada in the north-west, Dharwad district in the north, Gadag district in the north-east and Dhavangere district in the east.

District Headquarter: Haveri

Distance: 340 km from Bangalore, 119 km from Bellary

Journey time: 7 hrs by train from Bangalore, almost 7 hrs by bus gtom Bangalore

How to reach there: By bus from KSRTC bus stand Majestic, Bangalore or by Train.

Route: Bangalore – Tumkur – Sira – Chitradurga – Davanagere – Haveri

Where to stay:

1. Hitaishi Palace Hotel
Ashwin Nagar, 2nd Cross
Near Corporation Bank

2. Hotel Suraj
PB Road, Ranebennur,

3. Ajanta Hotel
PB Road , Haveri

4. Hotel Mitri
P. B. Road, haveri
Cell phone: 9844781292

Where to eat:

1. Kamat Restaurant
P. B. Road, Haveri

Language spoken: Kannada, Hindi

The name Haveri is derived from the Kannada words havu and keri, which means place of snakes. Haveri is also famous for marketing Byadagi red chillies grown in town of Byadagi around 15 km from Haveri, which are well known all over India. Earlier Gadag and Haveri district were part of the Dharwad district. Haveri was created as a separate district on 24/08/1997. It seems the history of Haveri dates back to pre-historic age as evidence in the form of stone carvings were found all over the district. Haveri district was mainly ruled by governers of prominent dynasties like Chalukyas, Rastrakutas, Hoysalas etc

What to see:

1. Siddheshvara Temple: Siddheshvara Temple is located in Haveri town. The ornamental style temple was believed to have been built in the 12th century in western Chalukyan art. It is interesting to note that the temple faces the western side instead of the typical east. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva but there are many idol of other deities.

siddhesvara temple, haveri

2. Hukkeri Math

3. Nagareshwar temple: Nageshwar temple is located around 22 km from Haveri town in Bankapura of Shiggaon taluk. It located around 45 km from Hubli – Dharward. The Bankapura fort contains the Ranganatha Nagareshwara temple along with a beautiful mosque which was perhaps built with the same material of the fort after destroyed by invasion of Adil Shah in 1567.

 nagareswara temple

 nagareswara temple

Bankapur also has a Peacock sanctuary know as Bankapur Peacock sanctuary. Spread over an area of 139 acres it is only the second sanctuary dedicated to Peacock, which is also the National bird of India.

4. Tarakeshwar temple: Tarakeshwara temple is located in the Hangal town of haveri district. It located around 75 km from Hubli – Dharwad. Tarakeshwar is another name or Lord Shiva and as noted the temple is dedicated to him. The architecture of this is simply stunning with intricately carved walls, chesilled pillers, ornamental ceilings etc in Chalukyan style. It is a grand celebration of stone architecture.

tarakeshwar temple, hangal

tarakeshwar temple, hangal

tarakeshwar temple, hangal

Apart from Tarakeshwara temple, there are some other temples like Ganesha temple, Virabhadra, Billeshwara, Ramalinga, Veerashaiva Kumaraswami matha etc.

5. Mukteshwara temple at Chaudayyadanapura: Mukteshwara temple is located in Chaudayyadanapura village in Ranebennur taluk of Haveri District. The Mukteshwara temple is an excellent example of architecture marvel of Kalyani Chalukyas and Senas Devagiri. There are a few Kannada inscriptions of medieval age. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Nearby there is a Narasimha temple in Narasapura.

mukteshwara temple haveri district

6. Galageshwara Temple at Galaganatha: Galageshwara temple is located at Galaganatha village in haveri taluk of Haveri district. It is located at the confluence of Tunga and Bhadra river. The temple is believed to be built in 11th century in Chalukyan style.

galageshwara temple, haveri

7. Kadambeshwar temple at Rattihalli: Kadambeshwar temple is located in Rattihalli of Hirekerur taluk of Haveri district. During the rule of Rashtrakutas, Rattihalli was known as Rashtrapalli.

8. Someshwara temple  at Haralahalli

9. Jain Basadi at Yalavatti

10. Hole-Anveri Temple: Looks like it is a very ancient small temple. There is nothing much to see. If you have time constraints you can give it a miss.

11. Kadaramandalagi Anjaneyaswami Temple

Ranebennur: Ranebennur is a municipal council town in Haveri district of karnataka.

1. Basavanna Temple located in Doddapete
2. Ranibennur Blackbuck Sanctuary: The sanctuary is speard over 119 square km and is divided into eastern and western portions. The best time to visit is between October and March for observing the blackbuck, while the bustard is most easily sighted from February to June.
3. Mallari Temple at Gudda Guddaapura near Ranebennur
4. There are also 2 forts which are more than 2 centuries old.
5. Adavi Hanumappa temple
6. Ranebennur is a famous commodity market dealing in cotton yarn, cotton seed, oil seeds, red chilli, betel nut etc.

There is a Jain temple which can be visited by Jain followers or anybody as follows at:

Bhagwan Shri Shambhavanath Digamber Jain Mandir
Balambeed – 582 101
Hanagal Taluk, Haveri district

One of the most famous personality and saint philosopher of Karnataka, kanaka Dasa was born in Kaginele of Haveri district. His original name was Thimmappa Nayaka and belonged to a Kuruba family of warriors. He followed and preached Vaishnavism. Kanaka Dasa has done numerous music compositions, songs, novels etc. In Udupi, Kanaka Dasa was not allowed to go inside the Krishna temple by the Brahmins as he was from a lower caste. Then Kanaka Dasa prayed at the backside of the temple and Lord Krishna being overwhelmed with his devotion gave him darshan by creating a crack and idol of Lord Krishna changed its face towards west. This story should be true as almost all Hindu temples face east but here it faces west.

Temples in Kaginele:

* Kaginele Mahasamsthana Kanaka Gurupeetha
* Adikeshava Temple
* Virabhadra Temple
* Someshwara Temple
* Sangameshwara Temple
* Kalahasteshwara Temple
* Narasimha Temple
* Lakshmi Temple
* Handiganuor

Official district website: http://haveri.nic.in/

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