Know your neighbourhood - 18: Doddagubbi, Hennur Road & around

Overview: Around 10 km north of Banaswadi, Doddagubbi is an ancient village mentioned in the Vijayanagara era inscriptions in the same area. Inscriptions around this temple indicates the significance of having lakes around a village to maintain the needs of the community. One 15th century inscription at the base of the Dhwajastambha indicates its installation by Piri Setti.

Mallikarjuna temple, Doddagubbi 

Along the Horamavu main road is the village of Kalkere, with an ancient temple of Kashi Vishwanatha swamy. The most striking feature of this temple is the dhwajastambha, which has relief figures of Bhairava, Veerabhadra and Ganesha.

Kashi Vishwanatha temple, Kalkere

Once known as 'Shivalaya', this little known ancient village of Bilishivale has some tall Shivalingas abandoned in a field, probably remains from a very ancient Shiva temple.

Abandoned Shivalinga at Bilishivale

Around 10 km from Bilishivale is the village of Jyothipura, known for the Ganga era Someshwara temple, later expanded by the Vijayanagara rulers. A few inscriptions from the 16th to 18th centuries have been discovered around the temple, the 16th century one from Saluva Narasimha of Vijayanagara period. Lakes were given priority in those, as per one 18th inscription, mentioning maintenance of Jyothipura Lake by Konda Reddy.

Someshwara temple, Jyothipura

Kannur is a small village on the way to Bagalur, having a disturbed dolmen and had few prehistoric megalithic circles, which have been destroyed due to rapid urbanisation over the last few decades.
Site for Great Trigonometrical Survey: Hennur, a small village north of Banaswadi, has played a significantly important role in history. The Great Trigonomerical Survey of India started on 10 April 1802, and for this purpose, Col. Lambton was in Bangalore between 1802 and 1805 to measure the Great Arc of the Meridian, from Bangalore to Hyderabad and from Bangalore to Kanyakumari. One of the baseline stations lies in ruins near Hennur-Bagalur road.

Baseline station for Trigonometrical survey
Abandoned shelter & well, Hennur Road

Garudastambha and worn out inscription at Venugopalaswamy temple, Kothanur

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