Tumkur is one of the oldest places in Karnataka as it's history dates back to the era of the Ganga dynasty during the early Medieval Period of India. Hence, it is home to several ancient monuments and religious sites today. Even though Tumkur is an industrial city, it is popular amongst tourists as a historical place. So, how about exploring its ancient temples this weekend? Apart from learning about their history and architecture, you can also savour their pristine and peaceful aura. Following are the major temples in Tumkur which you must explore if you are looking forward to gaining an everlasting experience. Read on to know more about them.
1. Kote Anjaneya
One of the oldest-known shrines of Lord Hanuman in Karnataka, Kote Anjaneya Temple is believed to have been in existence since the last 500 years. However, the current building of the temple was built a few years ago. The idol kept inside the temple is said to have been placed by Sri Vyasaraja, who was one of the prominent priests in the Vijayanagara Kingdom and is popular for consecrating such 732 idols all across the country.
Today, the temple is considered as an important pilgrimage site amongst the followers of Lord Hanuman and is visited by thousands of devotees and tourists every year. The major attraction of the temple is the 75-feet-tall statue of Lord Hanuman which is installed at the entrance of the temple.
2. Narasimha Swamy Temple
Located in a small hamlet named Seeba at a distance of about 25 km from the centre of Tumkur, Narasimha Swamy Temple is said to have been constructed during the late 18th century; however, the accurate date of its formation is still unknown. Dedicated to Lord Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, this ancient temple is also noted for its commendable architecture, which consists of large halls, murals, beautiful courtyards and carved ceilings.
As per local legends, the temple was built by a merchant who dreamt of Lord Vishnu instructing him to build a shrine. However, there are several other stories which are related to the formation of the temple.
As per another legend, the temple was constructed by the sons of a wealthy man who was a minister in the court of Mysore King Tipu Sultan. How about getting yourself to this temple and learning about the history of the temple in detail?
3. Devarayanadurga Temple
A popular weekend getaway in Karnataka, Devarayanadurga is a beautiful hill station amidst dense forests and rocky hills and is home to a few small temples. The most significant amongst them are Yoganarasimha Temple and Bhoga Narasimha Temple. Located at an elevation of about 4000 feet, these temples are perfect stoppages to relax on your weekends.
Sitting inside the beautiful compound of the temple and enjoying its positive ambience as you feel a cold breeze on your face is certainly an everlasting experience. Wouldn't you love to gain such an amazing atmosphere? Due to the presence of hills, it is also a weekend destination for trekkers.
A famous pilgrimage centre amongst Hindus, Shivagange is a beautiful peak with an altitude of about 2600 feet and is located at a distance of about 20 km from the main town of Tumkur. As per historical records, it is said to have been in existence since the era of the Hoysalas.
However, it was captured by several other rulers later on. It is home to a few cave temples, such as Sri Honnamma Devi Temple and Sri Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple. Today, Shivagange is also a popular rock climbing and trekking destination.