Davangere district administration to spruce up tourist spots

AWAITING A FACELIFT: Pushkarni in Santhebennur is one of the major tourist attractions in Davangere district.

AWAITING A FACELIFT: Pushkarni in Santhebennur is one of the major tourist attractions in Davangere district.  

Staff Correspondent

It has sent a proposal to the Government seeking funds

DAVANGERE: The Davangere district administration has decided to improve infrastructure at important tourist and historical spots in the district to attract more tourists.

The famous Harihareshwara temple at Harihar, Pushkarni in Santhebennur, ancient Bagali temples at Bagali in Harpanahalli taluk, Bhimeshwara temple at Nilagunda, the Uchangidurga fort and temple and the Soolekere tank, said to be second largest tank in Asia, are some of the places of interest.

Unfortunately, there are no basic amenities at these places.

The district administration has sent a proposal to the Government to develop the Harihareshwara temple at a cost of Rs. 2.93 lakh, the Pushkarni at Rs. 3.37 lakh, the Bhimeshwara temple at Rs. 4.65 lakh, the Bagali temples at Rs. 2.49 lakh, the Uchangidurga fort at Rs. 1 crore and Shanthi Sagara at Rs. 1 crore. The Government in response to the appeal had agreed to give Rs. 1 crore each to the Uchangidurga fort and Shanti Sagar tank.

It is expected to release the amount for the other places in a few days.

The Uchangidurga fort and temple is located on a hillock and was constructed before 971 A.D. It was the capital of the Chalukyas.

This is a protected monument and thousands of tourists and pilgrims from distant places visit the fort and temple everyday.

However, there is no drinking water facility and toilet facility. The Harihareshwara temple at Harihar was built in the Chalukyan style in 1224 A.D. by Polalva, a general of Hoysala King Narasimha II. The temple has a garbhagriha, a navaranga and a mukyamantapa.

This monument is neglected and stray dogs and pigs are seen occupying the premises.

This historical site also lacks basic amenities and it is difficult to demonstrate the architectural beauty of the temple to tourists owing to lack of proper lighting facility at the temple.

The Bhimeshwara temple in Nilagunda village in Harpanahalli is also known for its exquisite carvings.

It has been proposed to introduce boating in the Soolekere tank situated near Chennagiri and create a pathway along the tank bund.

The district administration has proposed to provide drinking water and dormitory facilities for tourists in these places.

It plans to build a proper approach road to these tourist places.

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