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About the Belagavi district

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Brief About Belagavi District
Belagavi District sited in the Western Ghats in Karnataka and also recognized by the nom de plum 'Venugrama' or 'Bamboo Village' and Malendu or 'Rain Country' is shrouded in history dating back to antiquity. Strategically located midway between the metropolis of Mumbai and Bangalore, Belagavi District occupies 13,444 sq. km area.

The population indices are estimated to be 42,07,264. Belagavi, renown for its exquisite cotton and silk weavings has a predominantly agrarian economy, which is complemented by a multi-dimensional industrial base.

Belagavi is a traveler's paradise with its verdant landscape dotted with meandering rivers. The old British Cantonment, majestic historical fort, Kamala Basti, Kapileshwar temple (South Kashi), the hills of Vaijyanath, Ramtirth in Kanbargi and the aerodrome at Sambra are worth visits. Other eminent sites include:
Gokak falls (Gokak)
Yellamma Temple (Saundatti)
Kamala Basti (Belagavi)
Rakaskop (Belagavi)
Belagavi Fort (Belagavi)
Kapileshwara Temple (Belagavi)
Naviltirtha (Saundatti)
Godachinmalki Falls (Gokak)

Origin
Belagavi district is a district in the state of Karnataka, India. The city of Belagavi is the district headquarters. By the 2001 Census of India, it had a population of 4,214,505 of which 24.03% were urban. The district has an area of 12,000 square kilometers, and is bounded on the west and north by Maharashtra state, on the northeast by Bijapur District, on the east by Bagalkot District, on the southeast by Gadag District, on the south by Dharawad District and Uttara Kannada districts, and on the southwest by the state of Goa. The languages spoken in this district include Kannada and Marathi.

History
Belagavi is the Divisional Head quarter of North Karnataka The ancient name of the town of Belagavi was Venugrama, meaning Bamboo Village. It is also called as Malnad Pradesh.The most ancient place in the district is Halsi; and this, according to inscriptions on copper plates discovered in its neighborhood, was once the capital of a dynasty of nine Kadamba kings. It appears that from the middle of the 6th century to about 760 the area was held by the Chalukyas, who were succeeded by the Rashtrakutas. After the break-up of the Rashtrakuta power a portion of it survived in the Rattas (875-1250), who from 1210 onward made Venugrama their capital. Inscriptions give evidence of a long struggle between the Rattas and the Kadambas of Goa, who succeeded in the latter years of the 12th century in acquiring and holding part of the district. By 1208, however, the Kadambas had been overthrown by the Rattas, who in their turn succumbed to the Yadavas of Devagiri in 1250. After the overthrow of the Yadavas by the Delhi Sultanate (1320), Belagavi was for a short time under the rule of the latter; but only a few years later the part south of the Ghataprabha River was subject to the Hindu rajas of Vijayanagara. In 1347 the northern part was conquered by the Bahmani Sultanate, which in 1473 took the town of Belagavi and conquered the southern part also. When Aurangzeb overthrew the Bijapur sultans in 1686, Belagavi passed to the Mughals. In 1776 the country was overrun by Hyder Ali of Mysore, but was retaken by the Peshwa with British assistance. In 1818 it was handed over to the British East India Company.In 1836 the southern district continuing to be known as Dharwad, the northern as Belagavi.

Kittur in Belagavi district is a place of historical importance. Rani Chennamma of Kittur (1778-1829) is known for her resistance to British rule; another person in the history of Belagavi known for his resistance to British rule is Sangolli Rayanna.

There are several names available for Belagavi city. Kannada people call it Belgaavi, Marathi people call it Belgaon, North Indians call it as Belagavi.

The British had a sizable infantry post here, having realised the military importance of its geographic location. It is one of the reasons for Belagavi's sobriquet The Cradle of Infantry. Development of a rail network for movement of resources and later troops was one of the means employed by both the British East India Company and the British to exert control over India. Belagavi's railway station, the Mahatma Gandhi Railway Station was established by the British. A signboard declaring the sobriquet can be seen hung on Platform 1 at the station.

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