Kanakagiri (also known as Suvarnagiri) is a town in Karnataka state of India. It was a provincial capital of the Mauryan Empire and later became the capital of the Nayaka dynasty who were the Palegars (feudatory) of the Vijayanagara Empire. [1][2] It is also the site of the historical site Kanakachalapathi Temple (Kanakachalapathi Mandir) which was built by the Nayakas.[1]

Kanakagiri
Suvarnagiri
town/taluk
Kanakachalapathi temple
Kanakachalapathi temple
Kanakagiri is located in Karnataka
Kanakagiri
Kanakagiri
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 15°33′N 76°24′E / 15.550°N 76.400°E / 15.550; 76.400Coordinates: 15°33′N 76°24′E / 15.550°N 76.400°E / 15.550; 76.400
Country India
StateKarnataka
DistrictKoppal
Population
 • Total22,098
Languages
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
583283
ISO 3166 codeIN-KA
Vehicle registrationKA 37
Nearest cityGangavathi
Lok Sabha constituencyKoppal
Vidhan Sabha constituencyKanakagiri
Websitewww.kanakagiri.in

GeographyEdit

Kanakagiri is situated in Koppal district, 20 km northwest of the town of Gangavati in the Indian state of Karnataka.[3]

TempleEdit

 
Venkatappa Naik royal bath Kanakagiri

Kanakachalapathi temple was built by the Nayakas of Kanakgiri.[4] Its halls and pillars are a unique example of south Indian architecture from the Vijayanagara period. The gopuras and walls are adorned with sculptures, including statues of Rajas and Ranis in black polished stone, plaster models, and wooden statues of mythological figures.

Kanakagiri Jain tirth is a complex of Jain temple built by Western Ganga Dynasty in the 5th or 6th century.

A royal bath constructed by Raja Venkatappa Nayaka in 1586 sits on the outskirts of Kanakgiri.[2]

FortEdit

Hemagudda Fort, about 20 km from Kanakagiri[5] is next to the Kammatadurga Fort of Gandugali Kumara Rama. The fort was constructed in the 14th century. The fort has a temple of Durga Devi celebrating Dasara.

UtsavEdit

Kanakagiri Utsav is an annual fair associated with the Kanakachalapathi temple during Phalguna.[4]

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Rao B V, Thukaram (18 August 2015). "Piety with Beauty". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  2. ^ a b Pyati, Ananda Teertha (29 May 2012). "Who cares for Kanakagiri". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 20 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Who cares for Kanakagiri..." Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Tourism, Kanakagiri". Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Safe sanctuary". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2012.