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FACELIFT: The famous Uma Maheshwara temple at Hosgunda in Sagar taluk of Shimoga district which is to be renovated.
FACELIFT: The famous Uma Maheshwara temple at Hosgunda in Sagar taluk of Shimoga district which is to be renovated.

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The work will be launched at Hosgunda on Thursday

  • This is the 100th temple to be renovated by the trust
  • Yediyurappa to lay foundation stone for renovation work

    SHIMOGA: The renovation of the historically famous Sri Uma Maheshwara temple at Hosgunda in Sagar taluk is being taken up by the Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Dharmothan Trust.

    This is the 100th temple being taken up for renovation by the trust.

    Raghaveshwara Bharathi Swamiji of the Sri Ramachandrapur Math in Hosnagar taluk will launch the renovation at a function to be held at Hosgunda on Thursday in the presence of the heads of several religious institutions, including Mallikarjun Murugharajendra Swamiji of the Bekkinakal Math, Sarvananda Saraswathi Swamiji of the Sri Bharathi Peetha, New Delhi, and Mahanta Deshi Kendra Swamiji of the Male Hiremath Togarsi.

    Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa will lay the foundation stone for the renovation work.

    Vice-president of the Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Educational Institutions D. Surendra Kumar will preside over the function.

    Minister for Endowments G. Nagaraj Shetty; MLA from Sagar Beluru Gopalakrishna; former Minister Kagodu Thimmappa; and Director of the Advait Group, Coimbatore, Ravi Shyam; will participate in the function as chief guests.

    Apart from the renovation of the 12th century Uma Maheshwara temple, the foundation stone will be laid for the construction of the Kanchi Kalamma Devi, Sri Prasanna Narayana and Sri Lakshmi Narayana temples on the occasion.

    The Uma Maheshwara temple was believed to have been constructed during the Santara dynasty from the 8th to 13th century, when Humcha in Hosnagar taluk or Kanakapur was the capital.

    The renovation of the temple is being taken up keeping in mind the original structure of the temple according to C.M. Narayana Sastry who has taken a lot of interest in the project.

    He acknowledges the initial efforts made by the Shimoga Malnad Research Academy for the conservation of the temple.

    The temple is known for its antiquity, vastness and enchanting architecture.

    The Banalingam of Uma Maheshwara was installed in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple on May 2, 2001 by a separate trust formed for the conservation of the temple, as until then, the temple did not have its own deity in the sanctum sanctorum.

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