Karnataka

Mystical welcomes: Exploring the Unique Shower Gratuity Tradition in Ikkeri Court Through “The Travels of Peter Mundy”

From the account of “The Travels of Peter Mundy” in 1637, during his visit to an Ikkeri court to meet King Veerabhadra Nayaka of Keladi, he described a peculiar tradition that unfolds when individuals seek favor from their kings. Unlike conventional expressions, this tradition involves a welcoming shower of rain, providing relief from the scorching …

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Akhilandeshwari Temple of Ikkeri and the Triumph Over Portuguese Adversity

The Portuguese-Vijayanagar War of 1558 stands as a pivotal moment in Indian history, marking a significant setback for a European colonial power on Indian soil. The conflict holds a crucial place in the foreign relations of the Vijayanagara empire. Initially, the Portuguese were not only major trading partners but also military allies. However, unforeseen events …

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Medieval Karnataka Religious combat over supremacy

Abbalur, a small village in the Haveri district in the central part of Karnataka region, once it was a prominent center of worshiping for both Shaivas and Jains. In the 12th under the regime of Kalyana Chalukyas, there was a great religious movement with great consequences under the leadership of Sangana Basava (Basavanna)  a new …

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Agrahara Bachehalli – The memory stone pillar of the Garudas and Lenkas, the suicidal bodyguards of Hoysala kings.

Agrahara Bachehalli is a small village towards north-east of the main town of KR Pete in Mandya district. There is a unique hero stone with inscription of the existence of feudal group of warriors in the Hoysala polity called Garudas in the temple premises of Hunaseshwara  , a Shiva temple in the village. According to …

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Navooru, A tiny hamlet on the foothills of Western ghats of Karnataka

Navooru it’s a small village nestled close to the western Ghat of Belthangady Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district.It was a long time thought to publish a blog on this village but due to hectic busy unable to write on this, due to the country lockdown due to COVID19 got sufficient time to complete it.Historically this …

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