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Chintamani in Chikkaballapura
Chintamani is a town in Chikkaballapura district in Karnataka state. Chintamani is located at a distance of about 80 Km away from Bangalore.
Chintamani is a taluk headquarters of Chikkaballapura district. It became a part of Chikkaballapura district in 2007 when Kolar district was spitted to form Chikkaballapura district. Chintamani town is named after its founder Chintamani Rao, a Maratha Chieftain. It is famous for its gold and silver trade and its agarbathi (incense) industry. Chintamani is also famous is "Fried Groundnuts".
Kannada is the official and administrative language. The people here speak both Kannada and Telugu.
The nearest towns from Chintamani are Srinivaspur, Shidlaghatta, Kolar, Bagepalli, Madanapalli (Andhra Pradesh), Chembakur (Andhra Pradesh), Berangi Kottakota (Andhra Pradesh).
A few minutes drive from Chintamani will take you to a cave temple located on the hill named Kailasa Giri which was developed by the ex-Home Minister, Chowda Reddy. Kaivara is another tourist attraction of Chintamani, which is located about 11 kilometres away.
The important tourist attraction in and around chintamani are:
Muragha Malla Dargah: It is at the foot of a hill. Muragha Malla Dargah is the resting place for 2 saints - husband and wife - named by the believers as Ammajan and Bawajan (mother and father). Muslims and a few Hindus visit this dargah. People who visit it believe that the place has powers to cure any type of disease or get rid of any kind of haunting.
Kailasa Giri Temple: The other attraction of Chintamani is the temple at Kailasagiri. This is a famous cave temple located on the hill. There are three shrines in Kailasagiri dedicated to Lord Shiva (Four faced), Goddess Parvathi and Lord Ganesha.
Kaivara: This town is linked with great Indian epic, Mahabharatha. Kaivara was known as Ekchakrapura, that's where the Pandavas lived in exile incognito, Bhima, one of the Pandavas, have killed the demon bakasura at this place. The temples of Sri Amaranarayana, Bhimeswara and Ashram of Saint Narayana worth a visit.
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