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TURUVEKERE

Turuvekere, once an 'Agrahara' or 'Rent Free Village' granted to scholarly Brahmins in the 13th century A.D. is located about 12 km south of the Banasandra Railway Station.

Turuvekere boasts of many fine Hoysala temples. The temple of Channakeshava is one of them. It was built by Mahadandanayaka Somanna who also built the famous Somnathpur temple. The 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.  This temple also has a bull finely carved in horne blend, which has retained its shine even today.  To the east of the Gangadhareshwara temple is a large soapstone bell, when tapped emits a metallic sound. The Moole Shankareshwara temple located in this village was built during the Hoysala rule in 1260 AD.

How to reach: Nearest Railway Station is Banasandra, 12 km away.  Buses are also available from Tumkur and Tiptur.
 

YADIYUR

Yadiyur was the home of a famous Veerashaiva spiritual teacher and author, Totada Siddhalinga.  His samadhi stands today in the Siddhalingeswara temple which is built in Dravidian style. This temple has a Ratha (Procession car) with six stone wheels. A car festival takes place annually in March-April and lasts a fortnight. This is a pilgrimage centre for devotees of Lord Shiva.

How to Reach: Yadiyur is well connected with buses from Bangalore, Tumkur and Kunigal.

DEVARAYANA DURGA

Devarayana Durga is situated amidst picturesque hill and dense forests. In the hilly terrain are various holy spots like the temples of Durga (Fort) Narasimha built by Mysore rulers in the Dravidian style of architecture, the Sanjivaraya temple dedicated to Hanuman and the temple of Kumbhi Narasimha.  Near the Narasimha Temple are three sacred ponds called Narasimha Teertha, Parashara Teertha and the Pada Teertha.  The Pada Teertha is inside a large cave.  There is another cave with the statues  of Lord Rama, his consort Sita and brother Lakshmana. Little further from the  hills, there is a natural spring called ‘Namada Chilume’.  There are also other springs nearby. The rivers Jayamangali and the Shimsha originate from these hill ranges.  The place is quite cool in summer.

How to reach: Tumkur is the nearest railway station. Devarayana Durga is also well connected by buses from Bangalore and Tumkur.