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Vedavathi River

Vedavathi River


The Vedavathi is a river in India. It rises from the Western Ghats and flows through the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh before joining the Tungabhadra. The Vedavathi is also called the Hagari in parts of Andhra Pradesh. Two rivers, the Veda and Avathi, arise in the eastern part of the Sahyadri Hill range, flow east, and join concert near Pura to form the Vedavathi.

There is a famous temple devoted to Shri Anjaneya, on the banks of the Vedavathi, at Kellodu, Hosadurga Taluk. Hosdurga is a panchayat town in Chitradurga district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The Vani Vilasa Saagara reservoir is constructed across river Vedavathi and dates back to a century. Suvarnamukhi is a tributary that is called the confluences with Vedavathi at Koodalahalli, Hiriyur Taluk. It is considered to be a `Punya Bhumi` or `Sacred Land` by the locals.

The River then flows down to the Southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh where the river is called the `Hagari`. The river has a cultural importance with the people along the zone of the Hagari that depends completely on the river for most of their requirements. The Vedavathi is a tributary to the Tungabhadra, and merges with the Tungabhadra near Mantralaya.

The Vani Vilasa Saagara reservoir constructed across river Vedavathi dates back a century. The Vedavathi is a tributary to the Tungabhadra, and joins the Tungabhadra near Mantralaya.

About :Chitradurga :Chitradurga district is an administrative district of Karnataka state in southern India. The city of Chitradurga is the district headquarters. Chitradurga gets its name from Chitrakaldurga, an umbrella-shaped lofty hill found there. Tradition dates Chitradurga District to the period of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The whole district lies in the valley of the Vedavati River, with the Tungabhadra River flowing in the northwest. During the British times it was named Chitaldrug. The district was practically ruled by all the well known dynasties that ruled Karnataka.

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Address:It rises from the Western Ghats and flows through the states of Karnataka. Two rivers, the Veda and Avathi, arise in the eastern part of the Sahyadri Hill range, flow east, and join concert near Pura to form the Vedavathi.
District:Chitradurga district
Nearest City:Kellodu
Best time to visit: April - November


It has a normally dry climate, with low rain fall. During winter (November - February) night temperature may come down up to 18 degrees.


Hiriyur is famous as a centre for regional (rural) markets. The 'santhe' attracts people from all over the district. It is also famous for the Mari Kanive, which is an architectural masterpiece constructed during the rule of the Mysore Wodeyars. C.N. Malige is one of the villges of Hiriyur taluk and it is situated between Hulithotlu and Adiralu villages. Sub office to this village is Aimangala.

Chitradurga features bold rock hills and picturesque valleys, huge towering boulders in unimaginable shapes. It is known as the "stone fortress" (Kallina Kote). The landscape looks much like a mischievous giant's playground, with boulders thrown around, forming silhouettes against the sky. According to a story in the Epic Mahabharatha, a man-eating giant named Hidimbasura lived on the Chitradurga hill and was a source of terror to everyone around. When the Pandavas came with their mother Kunti in the course of their exile, Bhima had a duel with Hidimba. Hidimba was slain by Bhima and peace returned to the area. Legend has it the boulders were part of the arsenal used during that duel. In fact, the boulders on which major part of the city rests belong to the oldest rock formation in the country.

Timmana Nayaka a chieften under the Vijayanagar empire rose to the rank of governor of Chitradurga as a reward for his excellence in military achievements, from the Vijayanagara ruler. This was the beginning of the rule of the Nayakas of Chitradurga. His son Obana Nayaka is known by the name Madakari Nayaka 1588 CE. Madakari Nayaka's son Kasturi Rangappa 1602 succeeded him and consolidated the kingdom to rule peacefully. As he had no heirs to succeed him, his adopted son, the apparent heir was enthroned but was killed in few months by the Dalavayis.

Chikkanna Nayaka 1676, the brother of Madakari Nayaka II sat on the throne, and his brother succeeded him with the title Madakari Nayaka III in 1686. The unwillingness of Dalawayis to accept Madakari Nayaka III's rule gave an opportunity to one of their distant relatives, Bharamappa Nayaka to ascend the throne in 1689. He is known as dthe greatest of the Nayaka rulers. Somehow, the subjects of Chitradurga did not experience a good reign of the successive rulers as they ruled on the throne for very brief periods. The Hiri Madakari Nayaka IV 1721, Kasturi Rangappa Nayaka II 1748, Madakari Nayaka V 1758 ruled this area but there is not much to mention of their rule.

Interesting things to do:

During the festival season the procession statute of varadharaj swamy is brought here and a huge number of devotees gather here. On this occasion the deity is decorated with "odamavu". Oadamavu is the leaves of the kind of trees. These leaves remain for fresh for three days and spread good aroma all over. If these leaves are taken away from the god they get dried and thise is a miracle.

Interesting things to Visit:

BAGURU one of the historical place located 10km away from Hosadurga. Wherein you can find one Ancient (Cholas regime) Temple called Sri Prasanna Channa Keshva Swamy. It has got beautiful chariot, and other various ancient idols. You can also find Tamil Gounders in this place, these people good in agriculture and fishing. Baguru was derived by "BAGHYAPURI". One best thing about this place is, you can find "101 temples" as well as "101 wells" in the bagur spreaded area.

Bhageerata Peeta is a famous pilgrim center for Sagara Uppara Community situated at Bramha Vidyanagara near by Hosadurga town. Here the Matt is headed by Sri Sri Sri Purushothamanada Puri Mahaswamiji. The Matt is running various educational institutions, conducting Mass Marriage programme and cultural activities for poor and downtrodden societies.

"Dasharatha Rameshwara" is the famous holy place in this Taluk.This place is known as " VAJRA ".The saint Shravana was killed by Dasharatha Maharaj in Ramayana.As a mark of repentance, King Dasharatha installed and worshipped a " Shiva Linga " with his son RAMA, which is therefore called as "DASHATRATHA RAMESHWARA". This place is in between the beauty of nature.

"Sri Kanchi Varada Raja Swamy" The Deity of varadadri mountains Shri.Varadaraj swamy (the god of boons)

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How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Chitradurga is also accessible by train. There is a daily service to Bangalore and weekly services to Mumbai. Proposed link between Chitradurga and Tumkur can reduce the travel time to Bangalore by half.
Nearest Airport:Bangalore
Road Transport:Hiryur is situated along National Highway 4. Hiriyur is located 160 km north of Bangalore. All the buses from Bangalore going towards Hubli, Belgaum, Davanagere, Bellary pass through Hiriyur.
Accessible by road, this fortress lies on the outskirts of what is Chitradurga today. City of Chitradurga is located at the junction of NH-4 (Bangalore-Pune National Highway) and NH-13 (Sollapur-Mangalore National Highway).

Nearest Visiting places:

Kanchipura is a small village in Hosadurya Taluk. If you walk seven kilometers towards eastern side of this village in a road that passes by the village kittadhal and kanubevuhalli. You will come across the wide spread mountain ranges covered with greeneries. Among them is the mountain called "varadadhri", where the left born deity varadharaja swamy's temple is suituated.

Chitradurga Fort is renowned for its Kallina Kote / Ukinna kote / Elu Suttina kote which was built in parts by the Palegar Nayakas, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. It comprises a series of seven enclosure walls in Kannada. Eighteen ancient temples can be found inside the fort. This seemingly impregnable fort has 19 gateways, 38 posterior entrances, a palace, a mosque, granaries, oil pits, four secret entrances and water tanks. The rulers of this fort built 2000 watch towers to guard and have a better look at enimies movement all the time

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Police Station:Kellodu
Nearest Hospital:Kellodu
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