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The Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneya temple

Hanuman is the very embodiment of Bhakthi, The Bhaktha of Bhakthas. His adoration of the incarnate divinity of Rama is absolute. A very popular god among the rural as well as among the urban folks. He is worshiped for various benefits of health, wealth, happiness, fulfillment of desires, success and magical accomplishments. The history behind the name of the temple is as fantasizing as Hanuman Leelas. It is believed that a big heap of Ragi a food grain turned out to become a stone, hence the name Ragigudda. At the time of incidence The Thrimurthies, Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwara who visited the place, wished to stay there permanently changing themselves into 3 big stones pillars. Their presence here stands as a witness to all the developments so far, and for the future developments. Back in 1969, the temple is the effort of a group of dedicated youth, influence of the situation then and the encouragement of the people around the area which gave strength and determination to bring up a small temple of lord Hanuman at the hilltop and now it is a big temple complex of Lord Sri Seetha Rama Swamy, Lord Sri Ganesha, Bhagavathi, Sri Rajarajeshwari and Navagrahas with individual uniqueness. The temple was built in 1969 and was registered in the year 1972. The total area of the temple is around 5 acres. Sri Hanumajjayanthi is celebrated for 12 days. Special poojas, abhishekasm, homas are the distinct feature of these 12 days. Mahaprasada is served to all the devotees on all the 12 days and nearly 35000 devotees on the last day.      Book Now


Navabrindavanam is located at Anegundi, near Hampi, Karnataka. India. It contains the tombs or Brindavanam of nine Hindu Madhwa saints. which is located in the bay of Tungabhadra River. The nine saints are 1. Sri Padhmanabha Thirtha or Padmanabha Tirtha 2. Sri Raghuvaryaru (this was Guru of Sri Raghuthama Theertha Swamy) 3. Sri Kavindra Thirtha 4. Sri Vageesha Thirtha 5. Sri Govinda Vodeyar 6. Sri Vyasaraja Thirtha 7. Sri Sudheendhra Thirtha 8. Sri Srinivasa Thirtha 9. Sri Rama Thirtha There are also shrines for Lord Ranganatha and Lord Hanuman inside the premises.Out of these, the Vyasaraja Brindavana is unique and has four pillars in front of it. Figures of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman, Krishna, Sri Vyasaraja etc. are inscibed on the four sides of the Brindavana. Opposite to the Vyasaraja Brindavana, is the Avatharatraya Hanuman temple. This idol of Hanuman installed here by Sri Vyasaraja is indeed unique. It depicts the three avatars Hanuma, Bheema, Madhva in one form. The face is like Hanuman, the arms and shoulders well rounded and muscular with the Gadhayudha symbolises Bheema, the avatar of Hanuman in the next yuga and the manuscripts in his hand symbolises Madhvacharya. There are two other shrines here, one of Sri Ranganatha swamy with Lakshmi Devi holding his feet and the other another Hanuman temple. These two are atop a boulder, next to the cave in which Prahalada had spent several years meditating.       Book Now


Koppal is a town in Koppal district in the Indian state of Karnataka. Koppal is surrounded on three sides by hillocks and was an important town in the history of Karnataka, popularly known as Kopana Nagar. It contains historical locations such as Koppal Fort, Gavimath (Kannada: ಗವಿಮಠ )(a religious shrine) and the MallMallappaTemple(Kannada). Koppal is known as Jaina Kashi meaning sacred place for Jains named because there were more than 72 Basadis (also called Basti)-Jain Prarthana mandir. Most notable of the many buildings dating from the time of the Western Chalukya Empire are the Mahadeva Temple at Itagi in the Koppal district, the former capital of Vijayanagar emperors, Anegondi, the Kasivisvesvara Temple at Lakkundi in the Gadag district, the Mallikarjuna Temple at Kuruvatti, and the Kallesvara Temple at Bagali. The last two are both in the Davangere district. Other monuments notable for their craftsmanship include the Siddhesvara Temple at Haveri in the Haveri district, the Amruteshvara Temple at Annigeri in the Dharwad district, the Sarasvati Temple in Gadag, and the Dodda Basappa Temple at Dambal, both in the Gadag district. The Mahadeva temple at Itagi dedicated to Shiva is among the larger temples built by the Western Chalukyas and perhaps the most famous. Inscriptions hail it as the Emperor among temples. Here, the main temple, the sanctum of which has a linga, is surrounded by thirteen minor shrines, each with its own linga. The temple has two other shrines, dedicated to Murthinarayana and Chandraleshwari, parents of Mahadeva, the Chalukya commander who consecrated the temple in 1112 CE. Soapstone is found in abundance in the regions of Haveri, Savanur, Byadgi, Motebennur and Hangal.      Book Now

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