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Devanahalli taluk situated 36 kms from Bangalore has four major hobli centres as
And taluk has got 21 grama panchayaths having 44,935 hectares of area
covered and mainly the village persons depend
upon silk based activity like reeling,Weaving,Twisting type of
industries and other rural industries like carpentry,
Masonary ,stone cutting and based upon the artisan orientation in the taluk, the
multipurpose co-op societies are being existed.
Taluk Level Artisan's Multipurpose Co-op Society (Devanahalli).
Taluk Level Artisan's Stone-cutter's Multipurpose Co-op
DEVANAHALLI , a town situated at a distance of 39 km from Bangalore, is a taluk
headquarters and is mentioned variously in several records as Devanapura,
Devandanahalli, etc. In about 1501, Mallabhaire Gowda of Avati is said to have
built a fort with the consent of `Deva' a feudatory at Devanadoddi and changed
the name of the place to the Devanahalli. In 1747
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There is a memorial now at the birth place of Tipu Sultan outside the fort.
It is about six feet tall with a pillared enclosure and
square top and bears a stone tablet. It has a n enclosure. The area called Khas
Bagh, now contains many tamarind trees, a few mango trees and a small dried
pond. It was once an enchanting spot, being Tipu's private park. Inside the fort
are temples dedicated to Venugopalaswamy, Nanjundeshwara, Chandramauleshwara,
Veerabhadraswamy, Ranganathaswamy, Kalamma, Balagopala (old), Nagareshwara and
Basaveshwara. The Venugopalaswamy temple has a tall Rayagopura at the entrance
and has a spacious inner Prakara. At the entrance are placed two Vishnu statutes
The Garbhagriha has a standing Venugopala image of Vijayanagara style. There is a Dravidian Shikhara over it. The Navaranga has four black stoned pillars carved with fine relief sculptures on all sides, such as Hayagriva, dancing female figures with attendant musicians, a conch blower, a Kinnara with the lower portion of his body in bird form, a huntress removing a thorn from her leg, etc. The Mukhamantapa has niches over the frontroof. They have fine stucco figures. The brick Shikhara two many stucco figures alround. The outer walls have a frieze of large images illustrating scenes mostly from the Ramayana.
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The story of Balakandais well illustrated by the figures on the north and south
walls. A portion of the frieze on the north will have interesting scenes like
Rishyashringa being brought from the forest to Ayodhya by dancing girls,
asharatha performing the sacrifice with the help of Rishyshringa and other
sages. The story is continued on the south wall upto the Ahalyoddahara episode.
A frieze on the east wall to the left of the entrance represents the story of
Vishwamitra teaching archery to Ramaand a portion of the south wall also
illustrates the sports of child
This Utsava is held on the Chaitra Poornima (April) every year. It is said that a grand illumination is arranged on this day and one lakh lamps are lit. A silver cup and a bronze gong belonging to the temple bear inscriptions stating that they were presents from Haider and one Dondu Raghunath, a subordinate of the Peshawa Balaji Rao respectively. The Nanjundeshwara temple is a small building with two cells in a line and a common Navaranga. It is said that this was earlier called Kashi Vishveshwara and is regarded as the oldest temple in the town. All the door ways of this temple are well served. The Dwarapalakas at the entrance of the Ardhamantapa have over them pilasters carved with the vase and creeper motifs. To the left of the Navaranga are images of Narayana, Takshaka, Brahma, Karkotaka, Saraswati, and Subhrahmanya etc.The Chandramauleshwara temple with a spacious inner Prakara is built in Vijayanagara style. The Garbhagriha has a Shivalinga and there are two cells on either sides with images of Ganapati and Parvati enshrined respectively. There is a Siddheswara temple (Matha) of the Veerashiva Community with a seated figure, about one-and-half metre high of Siddeshwara with two hands, the left holding a Linga and the right offering worship.
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place also has a Mahantha Matha. The large pond knows as Sarovara is said to
have been built by DewanPurnaiah and the Anjaneya in the Shrine near it is
called Sarovaranjaneya. The ngamma temple of the fisherman community has a
fine stucco seated image, about five feet high of the Goddess with four hands
holding trident, a drum, a sword and a Panapatra in them. There is a small
hillock on the Avati road called Parvatagudda having shrines of Anjaneya and
Verrabhadra on it. The last mentioned is enshrined in a small cavern and there
is also a small stream. The place also has a mosque of Tipu's times with
pleasing minars. Devanahalli has a traditional school of sculpture called `Shilpakala
Shala' which was being run by great sculptor A.C.Hanumantacharya.
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