Know your neighbourhood - 30: Doddaballapur Taluk

Overview: Doddaballapura is a part of Bangalore Rural district and has a historical significance in the history of Bangalore. As per one legend, the village gets its name from the Hoysala ruler Veera Ballala. Doddaballapura also has an area known as the Fort street, which indicates that there used to be a fort at some point of time. This fort might have been built by Kempegowda’s clan who ruled from Avati in the 15th century. By the end of the 16th century, Doddaballapur fell into the hands of Bijapur Sultanate. Going parallel to Bangalore city’s history, Doddaballapura was passed on from the Marathas to the Mughals and then to the Wodeyars through Hyder Ali. Several inscriptions in Kannada, Tamil and Persian have been found in the village in shrines and temples. 

Few places of historical significance are Ashur Khana, Adinarayana temple, Chowdeshwari temple, Neladanjaneya temple among several others. The 15th century Venkataramana temple has a huge compound with Hoysala carvings and also the compound walls are decorated in Islamic style, giving it a unique appearance. As per the Taluk website, inscriptions from 1267 dating back to Hoysalas and a Persian inscription belonging to the Aurangzeb’s time have been found here and have been preserved in the Taluk office. The inscription says that the Fort was occupied by Sivaji’s son Sambaji in 1689.

Doddaballapur

Doddaballapur

Doddaballapur

Ghati Subramanya: This temple, dedicated to Lord Subramanya, is over 600 years old and is a very popular tourist and pilgrimage destination. This temple is known to have been built by the Ghorpade rulers of Sandur.
Ghati Subramanya

Makalidurga: A beautiful hillock with a small fort and a railway track passing through the foothills, Makalidurga is turning out to be a very popular tourist destination in Bangalore district. There is a small temple on the top of the hill. At the foothills there is a small lake where some HeroStones belonging to the Hoysala period were discovered. 

Makalidurga
Makalidurga

Hulukadi Betta: A lesser known trekking place, this hillock is around 4km from Doddabelavangala. The hill is known for the Hoysala era Veerabhadraswamy temple. On the way down the slopes, one rock supported on a single point can be seen which is similar to Krishna's Butter Ball in Mahabalipuram. Near the foothills is the Mukkaneshwara temple, having Tamil inscriptions on the rock above the cave temple.

Madhure Lake

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