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Kanakagiri (ಕನಕಗಿರಿ)
Kanakachalapathi temple
Kanakachalapathi temple
Kanakagiri is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 15°33′N 76°24′E / 15.550°N 76.400°E / 15.550; 76.400Coordinates: 15°33′N 76°24′E / 15.550°N 76.400°E / 15.550; 76.400
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Koppal
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 584119
Nearest city Koppal
Lok Sabha constituency Koppal
Vidhan Sabha constituency Koppal

Kanakagiri (Kannada: ಕನಕಗಿರಿ, also known as Suvarnagiri) is an historical place in India, situated in Karnataka State, in Gangavati taluk of Koppal district. 20 km north west to Gangavati town.[1] Kanakagiri means a Hill of Gold. The common local saying is that "those who have eyes should visit Kanakagiri and those who have legs should visit Hampi".


It is said that Saint Kanaka Muni performed penance at Kanakagiri.


From the 15th to the 18th centuries Kanakagiri was the capital of Kanakagiri palegars (Naiks of Kanakgiri), constructed temples including Kanakachalapathi temple and forts they built in and around Kanakagiri including fort of Hemagudda. It was the capital of the southern area of the Mauryan Empire during the 3rd century BC. During the Vijayanagar period, this was the chief town of the Bedar Rajas. Kanakachalapati temple with its spacious halls and massive pillars is a fine specimen of the South Indian architecture of Vijayanagar times.

Kanakachalapathi Temple[edit]

Venkatappa Naik royal bath Kanakagiri

The huge Kanakachalapathi temple built by the Naiks of Kanakgiri,[2] it has beautiful architectural, example of south Indian architecture of the Vijayanagara times and it has got spacious halls and massive pillars. The gopuras and walls have sculpture. In black polished stone there are statues of Rajas and Ranis and plaster models and wooden statues of mythological figures. There is a royal bath constructed by Venkatappa Naik on the ourskirts of Kanakgiri,.


Hemagudda Fort, about 20 km from Kanakagiri,[3] next to the Kammatadurga Fort of Gandugali Kumara Rama. The fort was constructed in the 14th century. Celebrating Dasara in the fort has temple of Durga Devi.


  • The event "Kanakagiri Utsav" sponsored by Karnataka Govt.
  • Annual fair associated with Kanakachalapathi temple in the month of Phalguna.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Who cares for Kanakagiri...". Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Tourism, Kanakagiri". Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  3. ^ "Safe sanctuary". Retrieved 2012-09-10. 

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63 news items

Deccan Herald

Deccan Herald
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:11:15 -0700

Kanakagiri was also known to be the southern capital of the Mauryan Empire. The famous geographer of 2nd century, Ptolemy, has mentioned a place called Kalligeris, positioned between Bheema and Banavasi rivers. Many believe that it is Kanakagiri.
The Hindu
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:00:00 -0700

The fodder banks would be set up in Alwandi of Koppal taluk, Kanakagiri and Huli Hyder of Gangavati taluk, Tavaragera in Kushtagi taluk and Kuknur, Yelburga in Yelburga taluk. Dry fodder would be made available at Rs. 3 a kg and landless and small and ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:07:00 -0800

Shivaraj Tangadagi, Minister of State for Minor Irrigation and district in-charge, who went around Kanakagiri to oversee the arrangement, said that actors Darshan, Sudeep, Aindrita Rai, and Harshita Poonacha, and music director Harikrishna and troupe, ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:00:00 -0800

A large number of people, who had gathered to witness the Malkhambh, were awestruck with the stunning performances. The Malkhambh demonstration was organised as part of the Kanakagiri Utsav, at Kanakagiri, a well-known temple town in Koppal district ...
Deccan Herald
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:30:08 -0700

Nestled amidst green pastures and sandalwood trees, sitting atop the Kanakagiri Hill is an ancient Jain temple. The temple, dedicated to Bhagwan Parshwanatha was built by the kings of the Ganga Dynasty in the 5th or 6th century. Kings of later ...
Deccan Herald
Mon, 28 May 2012 06:46:14 -0700

While Hampi and Kanakagiri have a similar legacy, Hampi has found a prominent place on the world tourist map, and Kanakagiri remains forgotten. A small town in Gangavathi taluk of Koppal district, Kanakagiri played a vital role during Vijayanagar ...

The Indian Express

The Indian Express
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:24:37 -0700

Koppal SP Raja said there are over 25 cases against Nayak, who is listed as a rowdy at the Kanakagiri police station. His brothers are also involved in many cases, he said. The issue has taken a political turn with the opposition BJP accusing Tangadagi ...
The Hindu
Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:22:30 -0700

The State government has ordered a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) probe into the alleged murder of a student in Koppal district. It was alleged that Yellalinga, a college student and a resident of Kanakagiri in Gangavati taluk, was murdered by ...

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