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The Town of Shimoga .

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First Online: August 19, 2005
Page Last Updated: October 31, 2016

The town of Shimoga (meaning the Face of Lord Shiva, some references are found to the name Shivamaggi as well, perhaps a type of bird?), is located in the beautiful Malenadu region of Karnataka state, surrounded by the Sahyadri ranges, abundant rivers.

Historically, Shimoga was ruled by the great Indian dynasties of the Kadambas, Gangas, Chalukyas, Rastrakutas, Keladi and Vijaynagar Kings.  The town of Shimoga itself was established by king  of Keladi, Shivappa Nayaka around 1600 A.D.

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View of the Western  (Sahyadri) Ghats and River
Shimoga is Surrounded by Mountains and Rivers

The establishment of Bangalore-Honavar highway (BH Road) brought a lot of new development to Shimoga. The nearby towns of Sagar, Bhadravati, and Tirthahalli are home to many old temples with  beautiful sculptures. The climate is moderate, and local crops include tropical fruits, wheat, and vegetables.

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Detail from a sculpture belonging to the Nayakas of Keladi

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