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Hiriyur is a town and taluk capital located near Chitradurga in the Indian state of Karnataka.
Hiriyur is famous as a centre for regional (rural) markets. The 'santhe' attracts people from all over the district. It is also famous for the Mari Kanive, which is an architectural masterpiece constructed during the rule of the Mysore Wodeyars. C.N. Malige is one of the villages of Hiriyur taluk and it is situated between Hulithotlu and Adiralu villages. Sub office to this village is Aimangala. The national highway 4 which passes through Hiriyur has for decades created a cluster of business catering to the commuters. Hiriyur is also famous for its 500+year old temple of lord shiva. it is called as "Terumalleshwara temple" it is also called as "dakshina kashi" by its devotees.it is believed that famous devotee of lord shiva "belavadi mallamma" was a resident of this town. every year she used to travel to varanasi by foot, as she grew older and weaker, one day she prayed to her lord that "o lord i have become old and weak i am not able to visit varanasi and have your darshan, what do i do". on the night of that day lord shiva appeared in her dream and told her that she need not come to varanasi to see him, he himself will come and reside in Hiriyur. As promised lord shiva was believed to have incarnated in the "oralukallu" (a stone of cylindrical shape used in the households of ancient india for grinding purpose). That stone which was worshipped by mallamma later became known as terumalleshwara. The ancient name of hiriyur was "Ghanapuri".
near hiriyur there is another engineering marvel. it is called "yeppattu kannina setuve" (the seventy eyed bridge) the patterns in the bridge resemble human eye, and there are seventy eyes like that.if u happen to stand near the 70 eye of the bridge it is said that one could all the way look up to the 70th eye. but that is not possible now, due to lack of care many eyes are now covered by mud.this engineering marvel needs attention.
Mari Kanive dam The dam was built by the Mysore Maharajas pre-independence across the river Vedavathi. The dam is an exquisite piece of architecture, an engineering marvel for that time, and provides water to lots of surrounding cities, towns and villages, which are largely dry lands of the Deccan area of Central Karnataka.
This dam is the source of domestic water for Hiriyur and Chitradurga. It irrigates more than 100 km² of land in Hiriyur and Challakere taluks through right and left bank canals. This place is 160 km from Bangalore on the NH-4 highway and 40 km from Chitradurga. For the construction of this dam royals of mysore had to pledge royal jewellery due to shortage of money,that is why it was named as "vanivilasa sagara".vanivilasa was the name of youngest daughter of the then maharaja of mysore.mari kanive is the oldest and biggest man made reservoir in asia.This dam is higher than KRS dam of Mysore.
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