Karnataka, as we know now, was formed on November 1st 1956; this date every year since then has been celebrated as the birthday of the state which is known as Kannada Rajotsava. In the year 1950, after India became republic, various provinces came together to form the nation on the basis of the language spoken in the particular region, which eventually gave birth to different states.
Later in 1956, all the Kannada-speaking regions in South India merged together to form Mysore. However, the name was not accepted in certain regions and they demanded a change of name. The name of the state was changed to Karnataka on 1st November 1973 under the leadership of the then Chief Minister Devaraj Urs and since then, the state is known as Karnataka.
The day is marked by celebrations organised by the state government, in schools etc by the hoisting of the Kannada flag and has been declared as a mandatory state government holiday.
Karnataka is state which has a very rich cultural heritage, which attracts visitors from both near and far, making it one of the most visited destinations in the country. Just like the tag line, the place is truly one state and many worlds. Have a look at some of the reasons why one must visit this beautiful land.
Brush With History At Bidar
For the lovers of history, each and every structure in this city would open up a new chapter in history. Bidar was a place which was under the governance of the Kalyana Chalukyas, the Yadavas from Devangiri, the Kakatiyas of Warangal and Muhammad bin Tughlaq, which makes the town a treasure trove of various monuments and tombs.
Some of the must-visit places here are the Bidar Fort, Gagan Mahal, Bahamani Tombs, Jharani Narasimha Cave Temple and many more; they not only give you a glimpse into the past but would also give you a life-changing experience.
Be Awestruck By Hoysala Architecture At Belur And Halebeedu
Have you ever thought, “What if we could make time freeze?” Well, the marvellous Hoysala architecture, with its grand and delicate designs, contribute to a fair share of tales which would make you want to go back in time. The Chennakeshava Temple at Belur and Hoysaleshwara Temple at Halebeedu are stunning examples of this style of architecture which are well known for their carvings, which would depict various stories from Hindu mythology.
Inspire Yourself At Karwar
There are various elements of nature which would play a silent muse at times with their golden sands, blue waters and kilometres of open area at Karwar, which were main sources of inspiration for none other than Rabindranath Tagore himself. Tagore composed his first play, Prakritir Pratishodh, in the beautiful town of Karwar.
With its islands across the coast of the Arabian Sea, an ancient temple and a hill fort, the place, for sure, would always be the main source of inspiration to each and every single visitor.
Speak Out At Whispering Gallery At Gol Gumbaz
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The Gol Gumbaz is located in the town of Vijayapura or Bijapur, this captivating structure is not only known for its majestic dome, which is considered to be the second largest dome in the world. The dome remains independent without any pillars and speaks volumes about the architecture and the love of art by the Adilshahi kings.
The structure is also home to one more architectural marvel which is the Whispering Gallery, where even the faintest whisper is heard aloud. The gallery was initially a place meant for dance and music performances but now stands as an acoustic wonder.
Step Back In Time At Hampi
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Hampi–the land which was ruled by the majestic Vijayanagara kingdom–truly has the capabilities of making us time travel with its stories of rich kings and emperors, imposing architecture and much more. Now it all remains in ruins.
But, as you take a tour of this heritage site, the structures would magically come alive to narrate their forgotten lores and legends. The place has a charm which makes you ponder what it must have looked like in its prime periods.