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Hassan District was under the reign of Mouryas of North in the 3rd BC and later kingdoms of Kadambas, Chalukyas, Gangas, Hoysalas and Vijayanagar empire. The Hoysalas brought world wide acclaim to the district through their unique style of architecture.

Hassan district is surrounded by Tumkur district, Chikmagalur district, Dakshina Kannada district, Kodagu district, Mandya district and Mysore district. Hassan district consists of eight taluks namely: Alur, Arakalagud, Arasikere, Belur, Channarayapatna, Hassan, Holenarasipura and Sakaleshpura. Coffee, Black Pepper, Potato, Paddy and Sugarcane are the major agricultural crops grown in Hassan district.

Hassan city is the Head Quarters of Hassan district. It connects Bangalore, the Capital city of Karnataka and Mangalore, the Port city. Hassan city is at a distance of about 180 Km from Bangalore. The city is located at 13o North and 76.5o on East on the globe and is at an altitude of 943.05 Mts. ISRO's Satellite Tracking System Centre and Malnad Engineering College are also located in Hassan.

Hassan district lies partly in the "malnad" tract and partly in the southern plains ('maidan') tract. By considering the physical aspects, climate, rainfall, etc. the Hassan district may be divided into three regions:
  1. Southern malnad

  2. Semi malnad

  3. Southern Maidan
Places to Visit:
  1. Belur: 34 km from Hassan city is located on the banks of Yagachi river. Belur was capital of Hoysala empire. The Chennakeshava temple built by Vishnuvardhana, the Hoysala king in 1117 AD is the finest example of Hoysala architecture. The intricate carvings on its stone walls and the gravity pillars in the courtyard are the unique features of this temple.

  2. Halebid: 39 km from Hassan town and 16 km from Belur is the home of the famous Hoysaleshwara temple. Built in 12th century, the walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. Halebid was also the capital of Hoysala after Belur.

  3. Shravanabelagola: Shravanabelagola, important Jaina centre in Hassan District is 52Km away from Hassan town and 146 km away from Bangalore city. It is wedged between two rocky hills, Indragiri and Chandragiri. The statue of Shri Bhagawan Bahubali (also called Gommateshwara), a jain saint standing atop the Indragiri hill is 58 ft. tall and is said to be one of the tallest monolithic statues in the world. The statue of Shri Bahubali was installed by a Ganga general and scholar Chavundaraya. The stone sculpture of Bhagawan Bahubali symbolizes renunciation, self-control and subjugation of ego as the first steps towards salvation. The digambara (nude) form of Bahubali represents the complete victory over earthly desires and needs that hamper spiritual ascent towards divinity.

    Mahamastakabhisheka, the great head anointing ceremony of Bhagawan Bahubali have been performed once in every 12 years. The huge statue of Gommateshwara is getting pooja by pouring thousands of pots of milk, sandal, flowers etc., from devotees attended from all over the world.

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