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MONUMENTS IN KARNATAKA

Karnataka has a rich treasure of relics ancient remains, vestiges, ancient monuments of archaeological and also historical importance. It has its own heritage intertwined with culture. There are many Neolithic and megalithic sites in Karnataka The ancient monuments of noted ruling dynasties have stood the test of time even after thousands of years. Their style, inbuilt, sculpture, architecture, technique, vastness and magnitude have wonders of their own. List of Great & famous Historical & Heritage Protected Monuments in Karnataka state are given below:

Aihole
Badami
Bagalakote / Bagalakot
Bangalore
Belgaum
Bellary
Belur
Bidar Fort
Bijapur
Chamarajnagara / Chamarajnagar
Chigmagalur / Chikkamagaluru
Chitradurga
Devanagere
Dharwad
Gadag
Gulbarga Fort
Halibid / Halebidu
Hampi
Hassan
Haveri
Kodagu
Kolar
Koppal
Mandya
Mysore
Pattakadal
Raichur
Shimoga
Sravana Belagola
Srirangapatnam / Srirangapattana
Tumkur
Udupi
Uttara Kannada

Neolithic & Megalithic Sites in Karnataka
Karnataka has a rich treasure of relics ancient remains, vestiges, ancient monuments of archaeological and also historical importance. It has its own heritage intertwined with culture. There are many Neolithic and megalithic sites in Karnataka The ancient monuments of noted ruling dynasties have stood the test of time even after thousands of years. Their style, inbuilt, sculpture, architecture, technique, vastness and magnitude have wonders of their own.

Hirebenkal
Hirebenkal is a megalithic site in Karnataka. It is among a few Indian megalithic sites dated 800 BC to 200 BC which are located 10 kilometres west of Gangavati town in Koppal district and 35 kilometres from Hospet city. It contains roughly 400 megalithic funerary monuments, dated to the transition period between Neolithic and the Iron Age periods. Known locally in the Kannada language as elu guddagalu, their specific name is Moryar Gudda. Hirebenkal is reported to be the largest necropolis among the 2000 odd megalithic sites found in South India, mostly in Karnataka State. Since 1955, it has been under the management of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) within the Dharwad circle. Hirebenkal has been proposed for recognition as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Brahmagiri
Brahmagiri is an archaeological site located in the Chitradurga district of Karnataka. Legend has it that this is the site where age Gautama Maharishi and his wife Ahalya lived. He was one among seven noted Hindu saints. This site was first explored by Benjamin L. Rice in 1891, who discovered rock edicts of Emperor Ashoka here. These rock edicts indicated that the locality was termed as Isila and denoted the southernmost extent of the Mauryan empire. The Brahmagiri site is a granite outcrop elevated about 180 m. above the surrounding plains and measures around 500 m east-west and 100 m north-south. It is well known for the large number of megalithic monuments that have been found here. The earliest settlement found here has been dated to at least the 2nd millennium BC.

Hirebenakal
Hirebenakal in Karnataka is a large and diverse Megalithic site that can offer insights into our past. Although the ASI has sought World Heritage status for the site, it is not adequately protected from marauding treasure hunters.

In Karnataka some of the other important Megalithic sites that have been excavated are in T. Narasipur, Jadigenahalli, Hallur, Chandravalli, Brahmagiri and Maski.