History Of Haveri
Haveri district is exactly in the center of Karnataka
with equal distance from Bidar in the far north to
Kollegal in the far south. It is also known as the
gateway district to the northern districts of Karnataka.
Total population is 1,439,116 of which 299022 live in
urban and 1140096 in rural area.
Haveri district has a very rich culture and tradition.
The district is proud to be the birth place of Santa Shishunala Sharif, great saint Kanakadasaru, Sarvagnya,
Hanagal Kumara Shivayogigalu, Wagish Panditaru, Writer
Galaganatharu, Ganayogi Panchakshari Gavayigalu, Gnyana
Peetha Awardee Dr.V.K.Gokak and many more. The freedom
fighter Mailara Mahadevappa, who resisted British rule,
is from Motebennur in Haveri District. Another freedom
fighter Gudleppa Hallikere a native of Hosaritti is also
from this district. He started a residential school
Gandhi Grameen Gurukul in Hosaritti.
Haveri district along with Gadag district was earlier
part of undivided Dharwad district. Owing to the demands
of the people Haveri district was carved out of old
Dharwad district and was formed on 24.08.1997.
History of Haveri district dates to pre-historic period.
Evidences are available on existence of pre-historic
civilizations on the Tungabhadra and Varada river
basins. Stone carvings depicting Stone Age civilizations
are found in many parts of the district. About 1300
stone writings of different rulers like Chalukyas,
Rastrakutas are found in the district. Though none of
the major kingdoms of Karnataka had their headquarters
in Haveri, many Mandaliks ruled in this district.
Bankapura Challaketaru, Guttavula Guttaru, Kadamba of
Hanagal and Nurumbad are some of the well known Samanta
Rulers. Devendramunigalu the teacher of Kannada Adikavi
Pampa and Ajitasenacharya the teacher of Ranna
Chavundaray lived in Bankapura. This was also the second
capital of Hoysala Vishnuvardhana. Guttaru ruled during
latter part of 12th century and up to end of 13th
century from Guttavol (Guttal) village as Mandaliks of
Chalukya, independently for some time and as Mandaliks
of Sevuns of Devagiri. Shasanas found in Choudapur, a
village near Guttal, reveal that Mallideva was Mandalika
of 6th Vikramaditya of Chalukyas. Jatacholina, under the
leadership of Mallideva built the Mukteshwar temple at
Choudapur. Kadambas of Nurumbad during the period of
Kalyana Chalukyas ruled about 100 villages with
Rattihalli as their capital. Kadambeshwar temple at
Rattihalli is a beautiful Chalukya style temple.
All these Samantas who ruled from different parts of the
district have left their permanent evidences in the
history of the district. Many beautiful temples like
Tarakeshwar at Hanagal, Kadambeshwar at Rattihalli,
Someshwar at Haralahalli, Nagareshwar at Bankapur,
Mukteshwar at Choudapur, Siddheshwar at Haveri, Eeshwar
at Galaganath, Jain Basadi at Yalavatti depict the rich
culture and history of the district.