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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular religious attractions in Chikmagalur?

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The first thing that comes to one’s mind associated with Chikmagalur is vast fields of verdant Coffee plantations, landscapes and waterfalls. However, Chikmagalur also makes for a wonderful religious getaway. Resting in the lap of the mighty Shiyadgiris, this scenic landscape is dotted with a few revered religious places steeped in colourful mythological tales. Come, take a look at some of the most well-known ones in and around Chikmagalur:

  • Baba Budan Giri

    To the north of the hill town is the Baba Budan Giri Range, erstwhile known as Chandra Drona Parvatha. It has one of the highest mountain peaks between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris. The peak derives its name from the Muslim saint, Baba Budan, who is believed to have resided here more than 150 years ago. It is also said to have some association with the Hindu God Guru Dattatreya, so it’s considered sacred both for Hindu and Muslim.

    Baba Budan Giri, also known as
    Dattagiri has a height of 1895 meters above the sea level. There are three caves, located close to this peak that are said to have been sanctified by three siddhas containing their icons & tombs.

  • Sringeri

    Located 90 km west of Chikmagalur town is Sringeri situated on the banks of Tunga, a Vedic Peetha. It was established by Sri Adi Shankara, the exponent of the Advaita philosophy in the 9th Century A.D. It is famous for the Vidyashankara Temple that was originally constructed by the Hoysalas and later completed by the founders of the Vijayanagara Empire. Sharada Temple was an early 20th century addition to the place. In the Vidyashankara shrine, there are 12 zodiac pillars, which are so constructed that the rays of the sun fall on the pillar corresponding to the month.

  • Amritapura

    Situated 67 km north of Chikmagalur, Amrithapura is known for the ancient Amriteshwar temple. It was built in 1196 A.D by Amriteshwara Dandanayaka, a general of the Hoysala ruler Veera Ballala II. The brilliant architecture of this place with delicate designs and innovative ideas have made this temple one of the notable structures of the Hoysala period.

  • Belavadi

    Belavadi is located 29 km southeast of Chikmagalur, on the Chikmagalur-Javagal road. It is famous for the ornate temple of Veeranarayana. Moreover, the town is also famous for the temple of 'Udbhava Ganapathi'.

So, on your trip to Chikmagalur do make sure to make a religious visit around the hill town. These places are sure to gain appreciation of a pilgrim as well as a history buff.

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