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Tumkur is situated in the eastern part of Kamataka state. Tumkur town is the headquarters of Tumkur district. It is located at a distance of 70 km from Bangalore. Tumkur town is the chief administrative, commercial and business centre of the district.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN TUMKUR DISTRICT
Sri Siddhaganga Kshetra
Siddaganga Kshetra is just about 5 km from Tumkur. A temple dedicated to shri Siddalingeshwara is found here. Sri Siddaganga Kshetra is a sacred and service center which is a line of hope for f poor and orphan childrens as this Kshetra is providing Education with free Hostel facility to them. This Kshetra was largely expanded and saw its extensive growth during Dr. Sree Sree Shivakumara swamiji's period.
Turuvekere houses many temples and inscriptions belonging to the Hoysala period. The few temples of Turuvekere are Channakeshava temple, Gangadhareshwara temple, Chennigaraya Swamy temple, Moole Shankareshwara temple, Beterayaswamy Temple and Badarikashrma.
Gangadhareshwara temple at Turuvekere has a Shivalinga with serpent hoods carved in a single piece of stone and is considered an example of fine sculpting. Beterayaswamy Temple is the biggest of all the temples, which has a beautiful idol of lord venkateshwara.
Devarayanadurga is a hill station located at a distance of 15 km from Tumkur, 65 km from Bangalore and 25 km from Dobbespet. The rocky hills are surrounded by forest and the hilltops at an altitude of 3940 ft. The two temples the Yoganarasimha and the Bhoganarasimha are found here. Devarayanadurga is also famous for Namada Chilume, a natural spring considered sacred and is also considered the origin of the Jayamangali River. There are Pushkarnies or tanks called Narasimha thirtha, Parashara thirha and Padha thirtha.
Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi Temple
Goravanahalli is one of the popular pilgrim centers located in the Koratagere taluk of Tumkur district. Goravanahalli is situated at about 80 Kms from Bangalore, 30 Kms from Tumkur and 25 km from Koratagere. The unique and ancient temple dedicated to goddess Mahalakshmi. It is believed that the idol of Shri Mahalakshmi is self originated. Special pooja's will be performed on Fridays.
Siddara Betta is located at a distance of 35 km from Tumkur. Siddara Betta is situated close to Devarayanadurga. A rocky hill with temple and caves at the top are the main attractions of Siddara Betta. The natural spring on the hillock is known for its medicinal value.
Yadiyur is located at a distance of 52 km from Tumkur and 90 km from Bangalore on Mangalore - Bangalore highway. Yadiyur is one of the important pilgrim centres of Karnataka. The Siddhalingeshvara temple found here is a large Dravidian structure and it attracts devotees all through the year. The annual car festival is held during the bright half of Chaitra month of Hindu calendar.
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