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Talagunda & Togarsi: Exploring remote places of rural Karnataka

Talagunda & Togarsi: Exploring remote places of rural Karnataka

Overview: Central Karnataka is full of historical structures revealing the glorious past of the Medeival kingdoms in South India. One such place we came across was Talagunda. Though nothing much to actually see here, this place must have been a hub during the Kadamba rule in Banavasi. A number of inscriptions have been found written in granite rock around this area.One temple that stands on the main road is the Praneshwara temple. It is known for the tall obelisk which has the story of victory inscribed in it. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it was worshipped during the Satakarni rulers and the shrine itself is believed to be constructed around 4th century. A Sanskrit inscription has been found which registers a grant of money for feeding 30 residents of Sthanakunjapura by Kakustha of the Bhatari family who was a feudatory of the Kadamba king.
Praneshwara temple, Talagunda Praneshwara temple, Talagunda Praneshwara temple, Talagunda Praneshwara temple, Talagunda
A few kilometers from Talagunda is a place called Togarsi which houses a temple on the top of a hill. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva can be approached by road easily and is built in a typical Coastal Karnataka style. Not much historical evidence is found about this place but some inscriptions are found which can be linked to the Kadambas.
Shiva temple, TogarsiTogarsi  Shiva temple, Togarsi Shiva temple, Togarsi

How to reach: Bus: KSRTC buses and also several private buses ply regularly from Bangalore to Shimoga. Private buses are available from Shimoga to Anavatti via Talagunda.
By Bike/Car: Take the NH4 to reach Tumkur, before reaching the town, turn left towards Shimoga. Travel to Shimoga via Tiptur and Arsikere. From Shimoga, take the Honnavar road to reach Balligavi. From Balligavi, take the state road leading to Talagunda.
Food/Accommodation: Plenty of options available for accommodation at Shimoga suiting all budgets.

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