is a small village in the Kolar
district in Karnataka
, about ten miles from Kolar Gold Fields
. The village is located 50 km from the twin towns of Muddenahalli
. It is also a popular location for rock climbing.
is famous for the Sita temple situated on a hill. This temple is one of the few temples dedicated to Sitadevi
in India. It is also known as the Gaya
of the south
and has ancient temples known as the Ramalingeshwara, Lakshmaneshwara, Bharateshwara and Shatrugneshwara, dating back to the period of the Nolamba Dynasty
. It has been told that Sitadevi gave birth to her twin children Lava
here. Even today the room where Sita gave birth to her children exists.The war between Sri Rama
and his sons Lava & Kusha was happened in this village. The place is very near (About 9 km)to Mulabaagilu
(Taluk head quarters) in Kolar District.
When Sri Narasimha Bharati IV
of the Sringeri Sharada Peetham
was on his sancharas', he camped here for a few days. During his stay here, in Avani, he found an idol of Goddess Shrada, in standing posture flanked by Srimajjagadguru Shankaracharya
and the Sri Chakra
. He consecrated this idol here and established a new Matha and installed one of his shisyas as the head of the new Matha. This matha is now known as Avani Sringeri Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sharada Peetham. There is a branch of this matha in Basaweshwaranagar in Bangalore.
There is also a belief that the sage Valmiki
, the author of the... Read More