the inscriptional evidence, it is adduced that this present temple was built by
Venzanna Samanthar, the nephew of Banki royal family of Nalkai. Another evidence
testifies to the fact of vast agricultural lands endowed to the temple by Dhora
Benkata Naik. Queen Chennamma of the Kaladi kingdom was great adorer of this
Mother. She did help Rajaram, son of Chatrapati Shivaji during his skirnishes
against Aurangazeb, and with the Queen's aid alone he gave a crushing defeat to
Moghuls, and that queen drew sustenance from the grace of Mother Mookambika.
Many others adorn the pages of this temples history. Several other accounts
reveal numerous precious objects donated by philanthropists and beneficiaries.