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Also called Seebi and Sibburu, Sibi is known for its centuries-old temple, built during the reign of Hyder Ali and later rebuilt in the early 19th century by three brothers Nallappa, Lakshminarasappa and Puttanna.

They are said to have made many additions to the Sibi temple in memory of their father, Kacheri Krishnappa, a high-ranked official in the king’s court of Mysore, and also in memory of their mother Alamelu who committed sati. 

About twenty km from Tumkur, on the Tumkur-Sira road (NH4), is Sibi. It is a small village with an eye-catching kalyani (tank) adjacent to a secluded temple housing the deity of Narasimha. The presiding deity of Sibi temple is not the usual sculpted idol but the Saligrama Narasimha (oval shaped black, hollow sacred stone). 

A week-long Sibi jathre concluding with a grand car festival of Nara­simhaswamy temple is held every year in the month of Magha (February/March).

The Sibi temple is famous for its wall paintings and stucco sculptures. You can see numerous terracotta and lime stucco images on the temple’s outer parapets. 

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