District head quarters and industrial town.
Places to See in Bellary
Known for black stone Chalukyan temple dedicated to Kalleswari. It is 10 Kms, North West of Kottur.
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It is well known for the temple dedicated to Shiva in his form of Mallara or Mallari. The annual festival of Mallara is very famous.
Ramanadurga or Ramgad
It is a Hill-Station amidst a group of granite hills. There is a temple dedicated to Ramadeva.
Tunga Bhadra Dam
Near Hospet is also an interesting site. A huge dam is built on the river Tunga and Bhadra. A well out garden.
Bellary forms the headquarters of Bellary district of Karnataka. It is a famous industrial town that includes 7 taluks within it. Bellary is rich in black cotton soiland thus abounds in vegetation.
History: The name Bellary originates from the word Balari which refers to Goddess Durugamma, who had manifested herself in the town. Certain events in the great epic Ramayana are related to this historical place. It is said that Lord Rama, while searching for Sita, met Sugreeva and Hanuman at a place that is in close proximity to Hampi, the erstwhile capital of Vijayanagara kingdom. Historically, it played a significant role during Satavahanas, Kadambas, Chalukyas of Kalyana, Kalachuryas, Sevunas and Hoysalas period. Later the Vijayanagara rulers built the City of Victory on the banks of Tungabhadra River at Hampi in Hospet Taluk. Bellary was transferred to former Mysore state on 1st October 1953 from Madras state.
The word Bellary sprang up from the term Balari i.e. Goddess Durugamma, who appeared in the town of Bellary. Various historical events of the epic Ramayana are associated to this place. According to Ramayana, when lord Rama was searching for Sita, he met Hanuman & Sugreeva near Hampi, which was earlier the capital of the kingdom of Vijayanagara. Bellary played an integral role during the periods of Kadambas, Satavahanas, Kalachuryas, Chalukyas of Kalyana, Hoysalas and Sevunas. In the year 1953, Bellary was transferred to the former state of Mysore (now Karnataka).
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