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Bhadravati is an industrial town and taluk in the Shivamogga District of Karnataka state, India. It is situated at a distance of about 255 kilometres (158 mi) from the state capital Bangalore and at about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the district headquarters, Shivamogga. The town is spread over an area of 67.0536 square kilometres (25.8895 sq mi) and has a population of 160,392 as per the census held in 2001.
Bhadravathi derives its name from the Bhadra River which flows through the city. It was earlier known as Benkipura (or Venkipura), and earlier Benki Pattana which in English means city of fire. Iron ore from the hill station of Kemmannugundi and water from the Bhadra River helped the establishment of an iron mill in 1918 and paper mill in 1936.
Based on the 2001 Indian census, Bhadravati had a population of 160,392. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Bhadravati has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 76% of the males and 74% of the females literate. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age
Bhadravathi has two major factories that take up a large part of the city: the Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Plant factory, started by Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya, and the Mysore Paper Mills Limited factory.
Bhadra Dam This is at a distance of 28 Kms. from Shimoga. Bhadra dam is constructed across river Bhadra, The height of dam is 194 .There is an electricity generating station adjescent to dam. The fisheries Department has set-up some aqua farms nearby. Visitors are allowed between 10.A.M and 6.P.M there are inspection Banglows of Irrigation Department. One situated at dam, and the other in the village. Rooms have to be booked in advance through assistant executive engineer at B.R.P ph 37292
Lakshminarashima Temple this is a Threecutachala temple of 13th century. the temple architecture is very similar to Hoysala type of architecture, The temple is located at city center of Bhadravathi ,and attracts tourists and pilgrims from all parts of Karnataka.
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