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Hasanamba Shrine: The Goddess of Hassan

Hassan district got its name from this temple. This centuries old shrine is the abode of Goddess Hasanamba, the presiding deity of Hassan. An ant-hill represents the Goddess Hasanamba meaning “the smiling mother” and is worshiped by thousands across India.

Every year only during Diwali, the temple opens for its devotees just for a week. The temple is believed to be built in the 12th century, during the reign of King Krishnappa Nayaka. On these days, devotees can enter the temple and pray their Goddess of Shakti from 7 am to 1 pm and again from 3pm till 10 pm at night. During this time, the Hassan district organizes the Annual Chariot Festival along with a Jatra or Fair, which is attended by locals and tourists around the World.
Hasanamba Shrine
The entrance of the temple is decorated by a structure, dedicated to Lord Shiva also known as Lord Siddeshwara. Inside the temple, one can surprisingly find the idol of pious Ravana with his nine heads, playing Veena and the Shiva Linga.

Few beliefs or miracles are there among the devotees, surrounding the temple. Before the temple closes for the year fresh flowers are offered and oil lamps are lit in front of the Goddess Hasanamba. Next year when the temple door opens, the priests find the oil lamps still shining bright and flowers as fresh as garden pluck.

Moreover in the Garbagriha, just in front of the main deity, there is a stone statue of a young girl, who is believed to be turned into stone by the Goddess herself. Legend says, that each year the stone moves an inch forward and once it touches the feet of the statue of Mother Goddess, the Kalyug will come to an end.

How to reach

This temple is at the heart of the Hassan city and can be easily reached by an auto rickshaw. It is around two hour drive from Bangalore, thus making it a weekend gateway.

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