Sri Channakeshava Temple is in Belur in Hassan district of Karnataka. Belur, which is on the banks of Yagachi River, was earlier known as Velapuri, Velur and Dakshina Varanasi. The presiding deity of this temple is Sri Channakeshava Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This temple is administered by Muzrai Department of Government of Karnataka.
Shravanabelgola in Hassan district of Karnataka is a popular pilgrim centre. The monolithic statue of Lord Gommateshwara, which is the tallest monolithic statue in the world. The 58.8 feet-high statue of Lord Gomateshwara is like the holy-dome or Kalash of Shravanabelgola. One can also see the entrance of the fort, Main door, Siddharagundu, Gullakayajji idol, etc. here. There are well-laid steps to climb the hillock. Mahamastakabhisheka, anointment from tip to toe (Mastaka means forehead), is performed to this 58.8-feet-high monolithic statue once in twelve years.
Sakaleshpur, which is one of the most prominent taluk headquarters of Hassan district,The Manjirabad Fort is about five km away from Sakaleshpur on the south-western side. The fort has been constructed atop a hill, which is about 988 m above the ground-level. The fort can be accessed by taking a left turn on the National Highway 48. This fort was built by Tipu Sultan in 1792. It is understood that Tipu Sultan was wonderstruck by the scenic beauty of Majirabad after witnessing it from the fort and therefore named the fort as Manjirabad Fort. The enchanting beauty of nature can only be perceived by standing on the fort wall and taking a look at the surroundings.
A place which had attained the peak of glory and fame as the capital of Hoysalas, Halebid was earlier known as Dwarasamudra, Sri Hoysaleshwara temple, this beautiful shrine has 64 angles and stands as a wonderful manifestation of the Hoysala style of sculpture. Created with four doors, the temple features two mammoth Nandi statues in the front side. The bottom strips of the outer walls of the temple contain beautifully carved images of elephants, lions, horses, instances drawn from Bhagavata, Ramayana and Mahabharata and leaf-fringed creepers. The doors have been bedecked with ceremonial arch. Carvings of epic instances can also be seen on the rear wall. Idols of dancing Ganapati and Shiva and Parvati on the back of Shiva’s vehicle Nandi (Bull) are also seen here.
There is a sprawling reserved forest area at Bisle in Hettur hobli of Sakleshpur taluk of Hassan district. Identified as a very distinguished forest region in Asia, this forest spreads across Hassan, Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada districts. In this vast forest region, there are several hillocks called Pushpagiri, Kumara Betta, Yennikallu, Patla, Dodda Betta and Kannadi Kallu. In the Bisle forest region, various species of high value trees, including Teak, Rosewood, Alexandria Laurel, Indian Copal, Tulip and Malabar Kino, are in abundance. Elephants, Bison, Sambar, wild boar and other wild animals are aplenty.
People living in the villages around Bisle Ghat are protecting the rich forests here.
A dam has been constructed across Hemavati River, an important tributary of the Kaveri. The dam is located at Gorur, near Hassan in Karnataka. Built in 1979, the reservoir has been providing water for drinking and irrigation purposes for the people of Hassan district. Hemavati Dam is very vast and covers a catchment area of 2,810 sq. km. This dam is 4,692 m long and 58.5 m high. The gross storage capacity of this dam is 1,050.63 mcm The reservoir has six large radial spillway gates.
The monumental Rosary Church at Shetti Halli, a village in Hassan district, is one of the most popular picnic spots in Karnataka. Rosary Church is just about two km away from Shetti Halli. It is learnt that Rosary Church was built in 1860 by French Missionaries. As a result of the construction of a dam across Hemavati River in 1960, this Church sank in the backwaters in 1976. Therefore, the Christian families living near the Church shifted to other places. Since then, Rosary Church has remained a popular picnic spot. During every rainy season, when the water-level in the river rises, the Church remains covered by water. However, during the summer season, the Church is seen in all its glory. Situated amidst the silent waters of Hemavati and covered by rich greenery, Rosary Church presents a very attractive monument to see.
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