Avani, Kolar

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Travellers on a trip to Kolar District are 'recommended' to visit the village of Avani that is renowned for its group of Ramalingeshwara temples. Avani, otherwise known as the Gaya of the South, is located at a distance of 10 miles from Kolar Gold Fields. This village has a temple that is devoted to Goddess Sita; it is one of the rare pilgrimage sites dedicated to the deity.

According to mythology, Goddess Sita gave birth to Lava and Kusha at the Avani village and the battle between Lord Rama and his two sons happened at this site. Tourists can get the chance to view the room (Valmiki Ashram) where Lava and Kusha were born. As per the local belief, Valmiki (author of the epic Ramayana) once used to reside at this site.

Upon visiting Avani, travellers would come across a math, named Avani Sringeri Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sharada Peetham. This math was established by Sri Narasimha Bharati IV after he discovered the statue of Goddess Shrada while residing in Avani.

This idol is in standing position inside the math and is flanked by Sri Chakra and Srimajjagadguru Shankaracharya. Tourists planning to visit Avani village can also undertake trekking and rock climbing.

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