This famous lone Brahma kshetra renowned as Dakshana Kasi has
many uniques to the jealousy of several ancient pilgrim centres of our Punya
Bharat. Lying on the western bank of Tungabhadra,
deemed the Uttaravahini and having bathing ghats numbering 64 with 18 thirthas,
this famous yatrasthala was recorded as Hemalapura in the sthalapurana, and
Hatampura in the inscriptions. On account of its location between Vedavathi and
Nadavathi rivers, it is akin to Varanasi situated between Varuna, and Asi
rivers. In addition, it was famous as Bhaskara kshetra and Parasurama kshetra
too and there are legends in proof of its name and glory thereof.
sacred Brahma kshetra enshrining Navarbrahmas has many more well-built temples
dedicated to the divinities of highest in rank, and holiest in fame, such as
Papanatha temple, Jogulamba temple, Narasimha temple, Channakesava temple,
Nilakanta temple and Suryanarayana temple to mention only a few. But many of
them are in dilapidated condition except a few receiving regular agamic worship.
Among them the Suryanarayanaswamy temple comes first. As they were patronised by
the enlightened rulers of Rastrakutas, Kalyani Chalukyas and finally
Vijayanagara kings, their dimensions, designs and sculptural beautifications,
needless to say are vast, imposing and soul-lifting.