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Where is Shivaganga?
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Shivaganga is a picnic spot near Bangalore, Karnaataka. Those who use
elderly. For children, Shivaganga is an ideal historical and also religious
One has to reach Dabaspete and then turn south towards Shivaganga
located about 5 kilometers away.
Those who wish to travel economical, can board a KSRTC (Karnataka State
Road Transport Corporation) bus at the Kempe Gowda Bus Station near
Bangalore Railway Station. The buses going to Pavgada are ideal because
those going to Tumkur and Pune are not stopping at Dabaspete.
At Dabaspete the economy travelers can board a common autorickshaw
which seats 6 to 8 people and quite convenient and takes one to the
Shivaganga Hill base in about 20 minutes.
Those travelers coming to Bangalore for a visit can enjoy a peaceful and
pleasant outing by traveling to Shivaganga for a One-Day trip. Climbing up
the hill is an easy task because of the wide low steps.
There are temples, forts, caves and look-out points on the hill and visitors
can enjoy roaming around the hill on convenient foot-paths.
There is a branch of the Sringeri Sharada Peetam here and the view from
this Math is beautiful on a sunny wintery day such as in November and
following 2 or 3 months.
Entrance to the Pattal Ganga Cave
Historical Names of this Hill are as follows:
Vrishabhadri in Kritha Yuga
Shringadi in Treta Yuga
Mandakini in Dwapara Yuga
Karodiri in Kali Yuga
Shivaganga in recent times
There are two lakes near the Hill:
Kamala Thirth on the left
Agasteshwara Thirth on the right.
Kamala Thirth was built by
Magadi king Kempe Gowda to
help local inhabitants with
supply of ample water in
summer time.
Hale Math (Old Math) contains five small
temples and they are:
Omkareshwar Temple
Prasanna Paarvathi Temple
Anjaneya Temple
Panduranga Temple
Ganapathi Temple
Paathala Ganga (Pattala Ganga)
is a small water body within a
above the second landing. Here
the water is not very clear and
there is darkness. A small
electric bulb is sometimes
aglowing. An exquisitely carved
guard said to be Lord Veera
Bhadreshwar is seen on one of
the rocks near the entrance.
At a higher level there is a very old Temple
dedicated to Goddess Swarnamba. A few
steps away is Gavi Gangadhareshwar
Temple. Inside this temple near the idol of
Lord Gavi Gangadhareshwar is an
opening that leads into an underground
tunnel. This tunnel is very long and there is
a story that it leads to the temple of the
same deity in Gavipuram area of
Bangalore city.
There is another cave near the
statue of Basvanna. and a small
Tirth.There is Gavi Math nearby.
Sringeri Sharada Peetam images
The Shankar Math at Shringeri was established by Swami Shankaraacharya
in the 9th Century at Shringeri, in Chckmagalur District of Karnaataka State. In
Shivaganga there is a branch known as Sharada Peetam with a Math where
classes for trainee priests are held. Priesthood is a profession which many
boys belonging to Braahman caste prefer for their livelihood. Once they get
education in this Math and pass the prescribed examination then they can
begin to practice as priests to perform verious religious rituals and functions.
This Math is owned and administered by a pontiff who is independent of the
Sringeri Math at Sringeri. Various functions such as wedding and munji can
be held here by the genral public upon payment of certain fees.
Vishnuvardhana was a famous king that belonged to the Hoysala
present Karnaataka state, in the 12th Century. One of his queens was
Shanthala Devi. She was a danseuse of excellence and the king was
very fond of her. Shanthala was unable to bear children and therefore
she was unhappy. She committed suicide in her middle age by
jumping from the peak of Shivaganga mountain. The peak from
where she jumped to her death is marked on the hill top. Visitors who
know the story wish to go to the peak and look at the beautiful scenery
of the land below. The mountain is said to be about 1300 meters
above sealevel. This mountain and the large number of temples on it
are evidences of a vibrant history of Kannada people. Hoysala dynasty
ruled over Kannada areas during the time of Ramanujacharya who
established the Vishistadwaitha Philosophy in the 12th Century. King
Vishnuvardhana who was born a Jain converted himself into a Hindu
following strong influence of Ramanujacharya. Many famous
archeological master-peices came into existence during the Hoysala
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