(Last Updated on : 23/01/2009)
Shivaganga in Karnataka is a four-faced hill. It measures up to 1368 meters in height. This hill comprises of Nandi in the east, Lord Ganesha in the west, Siva linga in the South and a Cobra in the north. Its strategic location makes it a popular tourist destination. The Shivaganga waterfall is famous for its scenic beauty. This is probably the main feature of the religious sites in Karnataka. Every holy place is blessed with amazing landscapes; and Shivaganga is no exception.
There are two main temples at Shivaganga--Gavi Gangadhareshwara Cave Temple and Honnadevi Temple. The followers need to climb a number of stairs to arrive at the temples. The Patalaganga is situated between the two temples. This is a natural spring. The travelers can take rest at this monolithic rock while climbing the huge stairs.
This ancient town houses old temples and it is probably for this reason that it is often referred to as Dakshin Kashi or Varanasi of Southern India. Shivaganga in Karnataka lies in the Tumkur district. The nearest railway station is 12 kilometers away. This religious site is also accessible by road from Bangalore.