Twin temples of Tiptur taluk

Keregodi-Rangapura near Tiptur, has ancient temples dedicated to Ranganatha (Hari) and Shankareshwara (Hara). The village, therefore, gets the name Hari-Hara Kshetra. To the east of Rangapura is Ranganathaswamy temple, which has a thirty-foot-high eye-catching deepasthamba (lamp post) at the main entrance. Located adjacent to the popular Paradeshikendra Swamiji Mutt and gurukula, the Rangapura Ranganatha temple has two tulasi brindavanas built in Vaishnava tradition.

Nearby, just half a km away, is the village Keregodi. It is home to one of the most famed temples in Tiptur taluk, Shankareshwara temple. The temple is adjacent to Keregodi Kere, the village tank. The car festival of Shankareshwara temple, held in March, is a popular annual event which attracts thousands of people belonging to all castes and communities. Founded by Paradeshikendra swamiji of Rangapur Mutt in the early 17th century, Ranganatha and Shankareshwara temples are known for their religious harmony. For a majority of residents here, Ranganatha has been their family deity for generations. Keregodi Ranganatha temple was patronised by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, according to historical inscriptions found here.

The centuries-old Mutt of Tiptur taluk, Paradeshikendra Mutt of Keregodi -Rangapura has, since years, been running a free hostel, an orphanage and educational institutions in some of the most backward villages in the region.   

S V Upendra Charya

Aladahalli beckons

The Ranganathaswamy temple in Aladahalli near Dobbespet on Bangalore-Tumkur road is dedicated to the matsya (the fish) and koorma (the tortoise) avataras of god. The temple is on a small hillock called Aladahalli hill. A three-foot-high pillar in the temple has two idols carved on it. The pillar is covered by a small Vishnu engraving on a metal sheet. On request, the priest removes the idol to reveal the pillar to devotees. Also near the hill is a cave temple dedicated to goddess Lakshmi (Gavilakshamma) and Naryanapada (footprints of the lord). Though the history of the place is not very clear, according to the temple priest, it is very ancient Vaishnavite shrine. The Aladahalli hill can be reached from Dobbespet bus stand. The small hillock is visible from Tumkur road much before Dobbespet.

Soumya Narayan Achari

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