Davanagere, usually spelled as Davangere, is a city in the Indian state of Karnataka, lying at the western part of South India. It is the administrative headquarters of Davangere District, positioned at the geographical centre of the state of Karnataka. The city is located on National Highway 4 (India), at a distance of about 265 kilometres (165 mi) from the state capital, Bangalore. Davangere became a separate district in 1997, when it was separated from the erstwhile undivided district of Chitradurga for administration conveniences. Home to a population of about half a million, it is the 6th-largest city in the state of Karnataka.

Davangere is the "Heart of Karnataka". Davangere is surrounded from Chithradurga, Bellary, Shimoga, Chikmagalur and Haveri districts. Davangere is at the center of Karnataka, 14°28' N latitude, 75°59' longitude and 602.5 metres (1,977 ft) above sea level. Davanagere District receives average annual rainfall of 644 mm (25.4 in). Davanagere lies in the Maidan region on the Deccan Plateau. The district is bounded by Shimoga District (Malenadu) Area of Hills, Haveri District, Chitradurga District, Chikmagalur and Bellary Districts.



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Board on National Highway 4 showing directions for Shamanur and Davangere City Durgambika Temple It is said that around 200 years ago, a stone was brought from Dugatti Village and installed in this temple and worshipped as Durga Devi. In 1932, this shrine was converted into the beautiful Durgambika Temple. The presiding deity is Durgambika, also known variously as Durgamma.

Subramanya Temple is located close to NH4 highway on lokikere road. The presiding deity in this temple is Subramanya, also known as Lord Muruga(Tamil). Aadi Krithigai is a day auspicious for Lord Muruga. This year it falls on Aug 10, Subramanya or Muruga is the second son of Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi. Extolled as the epitome of beauty, valour and "Jnana" [Supreme Knowledge], Muruga is worshipped in several ways, through various rituals. Here, special poojas and yagams are conducted for Lord Subramanya on Aadi Kirthigai day. Kunduvada kere (Mallikarjuna Sagara Parivartita Kunduwada Kere) in Davangere, is a picturesque

Davangere was well acclaimed as the "Manchester of Karnataka" for housing many cotton mills and cloth business establishments. It's geographical location at the center of the State and good rail and road connectivity provides ample scope for trading. The surrounding hinterlands provide support to the businesses at Davangere. Around half of the Davangere District is irrigated, thanks to the Bhadra Reservoir. Many rich cash and food Crops like Rice, arecanut, Maize and cotton are traded here.

Davangere is an educational centre. It is known for its higher educational institutes.InDavangere there are 2 Government First Grade Colleges. One is Government College for Women and another is Government First Grade College and P.G. Centre. In Davangere there are four major engineering colleges, two dental colleges, two medical colleges, one Ayurvedic medical college,Bapuji Pharmacy College (offering Pharm.D, B.Pharma, D.Pharma and M.Pharm), a number of management schools and colleges, an art college, and a fashion design college

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