Chikmagalur, of coffee and commerce

Chikmagalur district was called Kadur district till 1947. It is situated roughly in the south-western part of Karnataka. A large area of this district comprises the Malnad, i.e., a largely forested hilly region of heavy rainfall.

The district takes its name from the headquarters town of Chikmagalur which literally means the younger daughter’s town. The town is said to have been offered as a dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, the legendary chief of Sakrepatna. 

Another part of the town bestowed on the elder daughter is known as Hiremagalur. But some old inscriptions reveals that these two places were known as Kiriya-muguli and Piriya-muguli. Situated in a fertile valley south of the Baba-Budan hill range is the headquarters town of the district.

A centre of education, trade and commerce. The town enjoys a salubrious climate and has venerated monuments of all religions, the Kodandarama temple, a synthesis of Hoysala and Dravidian styles of architecture, Jamia Mosque and the new St.Jpseph’s Cathedral with an attractive shell shaped portico.
Hiremagalur which is now part of Chikmagalur town has an Ishwara temple with a 1.22 metre high curious rotund figure of Jademuni.

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