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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 Acharya Pujyapada had turned the entire mountain into Gold once. Because of that the mountain later came to be known as Kanakagiri as kanaka means gold.


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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Deccan Herald
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:11:27 -0800

... who probed the incident, arrested nine persons including Nayak, his son Mahantesh, Manoj Durgappa and Balanagowda and charged them with murder. It was said that Yallalinga had sought a probe into irregularities in sanitation works in Kanakagiri.
The Hindu
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:09:36 -0800

The order will be in force from February 1 to March 31 in several villages in Gangavati taluk, including Basapattana, Vaddarahatti Camp, Islampur, Gangavati-Kanakagiri Bridge, Bapireddy Camp, Jangamara Kalgudi, along the distributory 17 of the Left ...

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 ...

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, ...

Deccan Herald

Deccan Herald
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:30:00 -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

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 ...

Deccan Herald

Deccan Herald
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:22:10 -0700

Many believe that it is Kanakagiri. Further, old records discovered here say that the area has come under many regimes like the Satavahanas, Kadambas, Chalukyas of Badami and Kalyani, Vijayanagara kings, Tippu Sultan and Marathas over ages.

Deccan Chronicle

Deccan Chronicle
Sun, 20 Dec 2015 14:18:45 -0800

Besides, the restoration of Kanakagiri gopura on the western side of the tank is over. According to historians, the tanks in Hampi cater to the ritual and functional aspects of the temple. In many cases, the tanks are the venue for annual boat festival ...

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