In 1991, CMN Shastry, looking at business opportunities in the field of organic farming, zeroed in on a piece of farmland in Hosagunda village after looking at and rejecting several properties. Tucked in the quiet of the lush green forest area amid the Western Ghats on National Highway 206, around 60 km from Shimoga and about 16 km from Sagar in Karnataka, Shastry found the farm in Hosagunda best suited for his needs to build a farmhouse.
Right in the vicinity of Shastry’s land stood the temples of Hosagunda — neglected and dilapidated. Shastry soon took it upon himself to work on the restoration of the eight temples that had fallen upon ruins. Thus in 2001, began the work of restoring a centuries-old heritage built under the Santara dynasty which is now almost complete, drawing in a large number of tourists turning Hosagunda into a site for religious tourism.
The good news for those enjoying the temple run, and those looking forward to joining it in Hosagunda, is that the authorities have identified nine more sites for restoration work.
“We are discussing with the historians, architects and others how to restore the temples of Maramma, Prasanna Narayana, Mallikarjuna, Rameshwara, Ishwara, Kote Durgavva, Anjaneya, Bhootarayappa, and Bhootaraja to their original glory without disturbing the original architectural format or style,” 65-year-old Shastry told The Federal.
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