About LingsugurLingsugur is a picturesque and historically important town located in the Raichur district of Karnataka in India. Essentially a panchayat town, Lingsugur has been endowed with historical gifts in the form of temples and forts, which stand testimony to the importance given to art and culture by the rulers of southern India in the ancient days. The autobiography of an English novelist – Philips Meadows Taylor (‘The Story of my Life’) has accorded genuine importance to this town.
Facts at a GlanceLocation – Raichur District, Karnataka, India
Geographical coordinates – 16.17 degrees North, 76.52 degrees East
Population – 34,932
Tourism in LingsugurJaladurga
Located about 20 kilometres to the northeast of the town of Lingsugur, Jaladurga was built by the Adil Shahi Kings of Bijapur. Presently only the dilapidated remains of the Fort exist, but the picturesque surroundings do command the tourists’ attention to a significant extent. The Jaladurga Falls found in the vicinity of the fort is formed by the River Krishna, whose cascading movements down the hill (on which the fort in located) creates an ideal tourist destination in this region.
This place finds mention in a number of history books of India, primarily because of being a site belonging to the Neolithic period of the history of human civilization in India. Cairns, which are man made piles of rocks, can be found here, and they testify the connections of this place with the people of the ancient civilizations that flourished in India.
Hatti Gold Mines
Presently being the only functioning gold mine in our country, the Hatti Gold Mines draw tourists from all over the world. Archaeological evidence found here point to the fact that these mines have been in existence since the days of ancient history. These mines form an important source of revenue for the Karnataka State Government.
Located on the banks of the River Maski, a tributary of River Tungabhadra, this is yet another historically important site in Lingsugur. Works of an archaeologist C.Beaden resulted in the discovery of an Ashokan rock edict in Maski in 1915, and it was this discovery that earned Maski a lot of fame and attention. The strategic importance of Maski results from the fact that it is located on the resource rich Raichur doab region, which used to be a bone of contention for rulers of Southern India, especially in the medieval era. Numerous battles and wars were fought between the Cholas and Chalukyas for the control of this region.
This town in the Lingsugur taluk stands testimony to the communal harmony which characterised public life in India in the ancient days. The presence of Mudgal Fort and a Roman Catholic Church in each other’s close vicinity further underscores the importance of this fact. Being an ancient seat of Hinduism, Mudgal is impregnated with a number of Hindu temples and places of worship. The cultural and natural richness of this town had attracted the attention of the southern Indian rulers and it was thus also the centre of a number of battles. Remains of the temples and forts are visible to this day.
This place is famous for the Shree Gaddemma Temple in its vicinity. Besides, the verdant greenery of this village is a potent source of attraction for tourists. The water body surrounding Eachanal is said to have a moderating influence on its weather and climate, thus making it an ideal tourist destination at all times of the calendar year.
Art and Culture of LingsugurLingsugur imbibes the best of the culture that has been handed down the generations in the southern parts of the country, which have been culturally different from the northern parts in many aspects, over the years. Besides bearing the footprints of the ancient and medieval era kingdoms which flourished in this part of the country, Lingsugur stands as a glorious example of the high degree of religious tolerance in this region. Muharram and Maha Shivratri are still celebrated as the most important festivals of this town, which attract people from the neighbouring villages and districts by virtue of their traditional importance.
Food and cuisine of Lingsugur
How to visit LingsugurBy Road
Road transport is an efficient mode of transport used by tourists to reach Lingsugur and explore the places nearby. The added efficiency of roadways is due to the fact that the town serves as a junction for the surrounding regions in the Raichur district. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation operates buses from Lingsugur to Panaji, Davanagere, Hyderabad, Hubli and Bangalore.
The nearest airport is the Hyderabad Airport.
Raichur Railway Station, which is the most important railway station serving almost the entire district, is the nearest to Lingsugur. Indian Railways connects the station to both southern and northern Indian cities like Kanyakumari, Bhopal, Mumbai, Chennai, Agra and Delhi.
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