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Uppinangadi or Ubar (Tulu:ಉಪ್ಪಿನಂಗಡಿ) is a town in the Dakshina Kannada district in the state of Karnataka. It is surrounded by the Kumaradhara River on one side and Nethravathi on the other. When the town's two surrounding rivers rise during the rainy season and meet, this is called the "Sangam", which is a Sanskrit word for confluence. The Sangam is a major event as people from the surrounding villages crowd the river banks to witness the merge.The population of uppinangady is 7,172.
In 1923 the town of Uppinangadi was washed out due to excessive flooding, and its courts were moved to Puttur. Severe flooding also occurred in 1974.
The town of Uppinangadi is situated at an altitude of 53 meters. Uppinangadi is also known as "Dakshina kashi". It is believed that there is also a sangam of third river along with the other two rivers which is known as Guptagamini. Uppinangady has a beautiful temple along its river banks.
Before bridges were established across the rivers, Uppinangadi was the sole link to the Ghat section from the city of Mangalore (known locally as Mangaluru). Boats would carry goods from Mangalore and unload it at Uppinangadi. From here, cargo would be transported either by bullock carts or other means of transport to places such as Hassan and Sakleshpura. It is possible that this is the origin of the town's name, from the same carts (gadi) carrying salt (uppu) to other places. The place is very near to Kerala. The old bridge which was constructed by the Britishers had a taken a long time to build it is said that many human sacrifices were given for the construction of the bridge.Now Uppinangadi is business center & agriculture hub too. Uppinangadi has two famous temples one is Sahasralingeshwara Temple & second one is very famous Dakshina Kashi Laxmi Venkataramana temple which belongs to Goud Saraswath Brahmin cummunity.Most of the Goud Saraswath Brahmin's are agriculturists one of them is Late Nejikar Kamalaksha Pai, a landlord from Nejikar just 2 km away from Uppinangadi towards Dharmastala road.Uppinangadi is also famous for soft drinks, it has more than 6 brands of soft drinks. The leading are Sixer,Spinner,Mothi,Shivani,Harsha . Among these the oldest is Sixer now owned by Karthik Bottling co.
The Uppinagady lies on National Highway 48 which connects Mangalooru to Bengalooru. There are frequent bus and taxi service from this place to Mangaluru and its taluk headquarters Puttur and also to Kukke Subramanya.
- Herald A. Stewart, A Handbook to South Kanara, 1895
- South Canara Gazetteers 1894,1938,1973
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