Temple: Shri Kalika Devi Temple
The Kalika Devi Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali, is a popular temple situated in South India. This temple is located in a small village Sirsangi situated in the Belgaum district in Karnataka.
Shri Kalika Devi Temple – Overview
This temple is known for its historical and mythological importance. Various cultural and religious programs are celebrated on the half moon day also known as Amavasya. One of the major festivals celebrated here is Ugadi.
Shri Kalika Devi Temple – History
Sirsangi is a place which is prominent in Karnataka and this is due to the various monuments and temples situated in and around this small village. Earlier this place was known as Pirising but later during the Medieval Era, the name was changed as Hirisingi.
Shri Kalika Devi Temple – Mythology
The temple of Shri Kalika Devi in Sirsangi is of mythological significance as its name is mentioned in many Hindu mythologies. One such myth mentions that a saint by the name of Vrusya Sanga was involved in penance in Vrusya Sanga Tapovan, which is currently the place where the temple of Shri Kalika Devi exists. However, demons like Narundasur (Naragunda), Bettasura (Betasur) and Nalundasur (Navalagund) disturbed his meditation. Then the Goddesses Chikkumbasura (Chikkumbi) and Hirekumbasura (Hirekumbi) killed these demons heeding the pleas of the ascetic Vrusya Sanga. The Goddesses later settled down here and hence the temple of Shri Kalika Devi was erected in Sirsangi.
How to Get to Shri Kalika Devi Temple
- Air – The nearest airport is Belgaum which is situated around 100 km away from Shri Kalika Devi Temple at Sirsangi.
- Road – The Kalika Devi temple at Sirsangi is 58 km from Dharwad and is situated on the Dharwad–Bijapur route. It is around 2 km from the bus stand at Sirsangi
- Train – The nearest railhead is located at Hubli. There are daily trains which connect Hubli to other spots in Karnataka. The temple is 72 km away from Hubli.
Shri Kalika Devi Temple – Facts
As per the studies conducted by the department of archaeology, the temple of Shri Kalika Devi in Sirsangi might have been constructed during the First Century.