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Sorab is a panchayat town in Shimoga district in the Indian state of Karnataka.
Sorab derives its name from its earlier name Surabhipura meaning Town of Surabhi. Surabhi was the holy cow which used to milk on a stone statue of the god Sri Ranganatha. A temple is built on the same place where the holy cow used to milk and it is now Sorab's famous Sri Ranganatha temple. Story says that the temple was built by a local Gowda(Landlord) from Halesoraba on the bay of river Dandavathi. We still have the manuscript written in Old Kannada script on the stone tower near - bay of river Dandavathi (Just a walkable distance from temple). Sorab is now a Taluk headquarters. It's a small town with all basic facility. Sorab's main road(ratha beedhi) is the only road (which stretch for approximately a kilo meter) have its main shops and hospitals.
Soraba is also nearest town to Banavasi other than Sirsi, Karnataka which was capital of Kadambas during 9th century, and has pachalingeshwara temples in a small village of Heche_karnataka Click Here to view>> and is more of historical interest to many enthusiasts who come under archeological survey.
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