Religious Spots in Davangere
Davanagere has its rich share of religious spots. With most of the temples belonging to the olden era, the architecture offers a feast to the eyes. Devotees from all over the country visit these shrines all around the year . Most of these temples are not only of religious importance but also holds a special place in the Indian history due to its unique Dravidian style of architecture.
One of the most important one is the Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple. This is located at a distance of 5km from Shamanur village and is the most popular temple in Davanagere which is flocked by tourists especially during Saturdays as special ceremonies are held. The temple is believed to be constructed during the origin of Shamanur village and is estimated to be around 800 years old. It is primarily dedicated to lord Rama’s most faithful servant lord Hanuman, also called Anjaneya swamy.
The Eshwara Temple is another important temple located at a distance of around 6km from Haranpalli. It reflects the Hoysala architectural style. The temple has been constructed mainly using mud and plaster. Due to the unfortunate collapse of the south cell, the temple currently consists of only two cells. The temple is devoted to lord Harihara, a fusion of lord Vishnu and Shiva. It also accommodates idols of Surmanya, Brahma and Ganesha in smaller shrines.
The Durgambika Temple, present in the heart of the city, is said to be around 200 years old. A stone is worshiped as Durga Devi here. During the March-April months Durgambika Devi festival is held for 10 days and devotees from all over the world throng the temple to seek the blessings of the powerful Durgamma Devi.
Davanagere is also known for its mutts. The Omkara Mutt, in Harihar, is the first of the four Mutts established by the great philosopher saint Sri Shivananda Teerthabaru. Its building borders Harieshwara temple on the banks of the holy Tungabhadra River. Also, the Sri Raghavendra Mutt, in Honnali holds an interesting story adorning the establishment of this Mutt. It is believed that once Raghavendra Swamy went inside the mutt in the disguise of an old man and never came out. Hence it is thought that he is still residing in there to this date. It is a very holy place for the Madhava Brahamans.
The temples and mutts hold a high value in the sentiments of the locals. They are well maintained and offer a great opportunity to those interested in architectural styles and for their history.