Town: Shivajinagar locality, Davangere
Temple: Durgambika Temple
The Sri Durgambika Temple is located in the Old town or Halepet area, Shivaji Nagar in Davangere district of Karnataka.
Durgambika Temple – Overview
This temple is in the heart of the Davangere City, the district headquarters of Davangere district located 250 Km from Bangalore. The name Davangere is derived from “Davan Kere”, meaning ‘village of lakes’. A major textile center, this district is surrounded by various tourist attractions. One of the major tourist and pilgrim spot here is the large Durgambika Temple.
Durgambika Temple – History
Davangere, where the Durgambika Temple is located has a rich history. It was part of the Nolambavadi province of the Chalukya times. It changed hands from Chalukyas to Pandyas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagara kings. After the fall of the Vijayanagara Empire, Davangere was for some time under the control of the Palayagar Nayaks. Then the Marathas ruled here for some time. It was then taken over by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan and late by the Mysore Maharajas. During this period, Davangere became an important and prosperous textile center.
Durgambika Temple – Religious Significance
It is said that around 200 years ago, a stone was brought from Dugatti Village and installed in this temple and worshipped as Durga Devi. In 1932, this shrine was converted into the beautiful Durgambika Temple. The presiding deity is Durgambika, known variously as Durgamma, Durgambika, and Durgavva.
How to Get to Durgambika Temple
The Durgambika Temple is situated in Davangere city. Davangere is well connected by bus routes, and also has its own railway station. Once you reach Davangere, you can opt for a local bus service or auto rickshaw to reach this temple. Tuesdays and Fridays are special days each week here. The major festival in this area is the temple fair or Jatre held every two years. This would be an ideal time to visit the place.