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About Belgaum

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Temples & Religious Places

1. Shri Hari Mandir
It is one of the landmark place in Belgaum city. People often come here in search of peace and indeed they find it here. It located in the very prime area of Belgaum city at Angol Main Road , Angol, Belgaum having double road access.

Regular frequency of buses enables pilgrims reach this place at ease. Bhajan and kirtan are performed at fixed intervals of time. It is very peaceful place having magnificent view.

2. Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda Mandir – Iskcon Temple
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) was founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami (Shrila Prabhupada) in the West in 1966. ISKCON belongs to Gaudiya (refers to Bengal) Vaishnavism, a devotional tradition based on the teachings of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam.

The precepts and practices of ISKCON were taught and codified by the 15th century saint and religious reformer Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1532), his brother Nityananda Prabhu and six of his principle associates, the Goswamis of Vrindavana (Sanatana, Rupa, Jiva, Gopal Bhatta, Raghunatha Dasa and Raghunatha Bhatta.

3. Siddeshwar Temple
The place is accessible by road till the end from where one has to climb about 50 steps to go to the top. The place is quite pleasent and beautification works are going on like a garden, a small area with slides etc.

About 10 kms from the city centre lies Kanbargi (after Auto Nagar) and on atop a hill is a shrine “Siddheshwar Temple”. From the name it is the temple of Lord Shiva built in some sort of cave in the middle of a small hill.

4. Kamal Basti
Kamal Basti is one of two bastis situated within the walls of Belgaum Fort built in the late Chalukya style. The Kamal Basti with Neminatha idol in black stone is a must-see temple. It is known for the masterpiece, ‘Mukhamantapa’, with a well executed lotus on its ceiling. Kamal Basti is near Belgaum bus stand.


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Crops

The main crops grown here are rice, ragi, jowar, maize, and pulses (Tur and gram) besides oilseeds and number of cash crops. Cashews, coconut, arecanut, cardamom, chillies, cotton, sugarcane and tobacco are among the other crops produced in the state.

Offices & Industries

Belgaum is an important source of vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry, fish, mining production, and wood (due to heavy rainfall, rivers and the abundance of water). Trading in North Karnataka is mainly with Goa and Maharashtra along with major cities like Pune and Bangalore.

Rich deposits of Bauxite are found in Belagavi district and have led to the creation of the Indian aluminium-producing company Hindalco Industries of the Aditya Birla Group.

Uranium deposits have been found at Deshnur, a small village near Bailhongal town. Belgaum is a major producer of milk in the state, 30% of the state’s production, and has the highest number of Sugar factories in Karnataka. It is also home to Ugar Sugar Works in Ugar, Shree Renuka Sugars, and other large-scale sugar factories.

Belgaum is also a foundry Hub of Karnataka state, with about 200+ foundries producing automotive and industrial castings of ferrous base and supporting ancillaries like CNC and conventional machine shops which finish the castings that are produced in Belgaum.
Due to large export in Belgaum, the central government has established the DGFT (Director General of Foreign Trade) office the only state in India to have two offices, current office is in Bangalore the entire North Karnataka will come under Belgaum DGFT


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Schools

Schools-
1. Love Dale Central School
Address: Sector 12, Mahantesh Nagar, Belgaum, Karnataka 590016
Phone: 0831 245 8965

2. Jain Heritage School
Address: 1598, Adjacent to Foundry Cluster, Dutch Industrial Estate,

Rani Chenamma Nagar, Angol, Belgaum, Karnataka 590005
Phone: 0831 248 3025

3. Rashtriya Military School
Address: Camp, Belgaum, Karnataka 590009
Phone: 0831 240 2845

4. Bharatesh English Medium School
Address: Raviwar Peth, Belgaum, Karnataka 590016

5. Amrita Vidyalayam
Address: 71/1, Near Bhavani Nagar, Mandoli Road, Belgaum, Karnataka 590006
Phone: 0831 244 3153


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Colleges

Colleges-
1. Govindram Seksaria Science College
Address: Tilakwadi, near RPD College Road, Belgaum, Karnataka 590006
Phone: 0831 248 5193

2. Belgaum Institute of Management Studies
Address: Nehru Nagar, Belgaum, Karnataka 590010

3. Jain College of MCA and MBA
Address: Sy. No. 19, Peeranwadi, Belgaum, Karnataka 590014
Phone: 0831 241 1072

4. Gogte Institute of Technology
Address: Jnana Ganga, Khanapur Road, Udyambag, Belgaum, Karnataka 590008
Phone: 0831 240 5500

5. B.V. Bellad Law College
Address: Lingaraj College Campus, College Road, Belgaum, Karnataka 590001
Phone: 0831 242 3734


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Festivals

1. Belgaum played host to the second World Kannada Meet which was held in the city in March 2011, to celebrate and enrich the city’s tradition and culture.

2. Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated every year by erecting statues, worshipping them and immersing them in water bodies.

3. Festival of Mahashivaratri is the most important festival for the millions of devotees of Lord Shiva.Lord Shiv is Mukteswar (one who gives liberation) and Papkateswar (reliever of sins). He is Ashutos (quickly and easy to please).

4. Myriad colors of the blossoming flowers coupled with the tender green leaves, the melodious chirping of the birds, and an aura of romance and merriment marks the advent of the season of spring or Vasant.

5. Krishna Janmashtami, also known simply as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami, is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. It is observed according to Hindu luni-solar calendar, on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the month of Shraavana of the Hindu Calendar, which overlaps with August and September of the Gregorian calendar.


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Places Around

1. Belagavi Fort
Belagavi Fort or Belgaum Fort is in the city of Belagavi, in the Belagavi district, in Karnataka state, India. It was begun by Jaya Raya, also called Bichi Raja, an ally of the Ratta Dynasty, in the year 1204 AD.

It has undergone several renovations over the centuries under dynastic rulers of the region.

The fort, built with fine ramparts and a large moat, has a rich history with historical and religious monuments dated to the Adil Shahi dynasty.

2. Chatrapati Shivaji Statue
The magnificent statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is now unveiled in Mangaluru. Maharashtra home, rural, finance and planning minister Deepak Vasant Rao Kesarkar unveiled statue of Shivaji Maharaj on the coast of Bengre, Mangaluru here on Aug 13.

3. Kittur Fort
Kittur is a fort located in the Karnataka state of India, it is the former capital of a minor principality as well as a major archaeological site.

It was held by the Desai marathas of Kittur, as well as Rani Chennamma, a lingayat woman warrior of Karnataka who revolted against the British in 1824. Kittur reached its zenith during the Mallasarja Desai. The place has a Nathapanthi matha in police line area, and temples of Maruti [in fort], Kalmeshwara, Dyamavva and Basavanna, the last named a later Chalukyan monument now completely renovated.

Kittur presently lies in ruins with the Nathapanthi matha site off limits, and the areas Maruti, Kalmeshwara, Dyamavva, Basavanna and the Chalukyan monument, being completely renovated.

The archaeological museum at the location is managed by the state department of archaeology and museums. It has a rich collection of antiquities found in and around Kittur, which include a few of the weapons, swords, mail-coat, shield, engraved wooden doors and windows of the Kittur palace, inscriptions, herostones, Surya, Vishnu both from Kadrolli, Vishnu and Surya from Devarashigehalli, Subrahmanya from Manoli, Durga from hirebagewadi and many more antiquities, as well as some modern paintings.

4. Godchinamalaki Falls
Godachinmalki falls, also known as Markandeya falls, is located in a rugged valley, which is approachable from Godachinamalaki village by walking as well as by vehicle through an irregular forest route for about 2 kilometers and there are two routes to reach the falls from Godachinamalki, one is vai Malebail road by crossing bridge at godachinamalki and another one is vai Gurusiddeshwar Temple(Hatti Siddeshwar). It can also be reached from Nirvaneshwara Matha near Yogikolla, only by foot.

To reach Godachinamalki Falls from Belgaum vai Ankalagi, Pachhapur & Mavanur, frequent bus facility is available from Belgaum & Gokak and nearest railway station is Pachhapur, which is about 8 kilometers and good train facility is available from Belgaum to Miraj, all most all trains stops in Pachhapur railway station.


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Transportation
Rail

Belagavi railway station (Station code: BGM) is an “A” Category Station under South Western Railways and it is the primary railway station serving Belagavi in northern Karnataka. The station comes under the jurisdiction of Hubli division of South Western Railways.

The station is situated on Sangli – Londa line. The station has three platforms.

Air

The city is served by Belgaum Airport at Sambra, which is the oldest airport in North Karnataka and lies 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the city on State Highway 20. Belgaum was previously directly connected by air with Mumbai, but the only flight on the route was stopped in November 2011 owing to a financial crisis at Kingfisher Airlines. Since then SpiceJet has announced daily flights to Bangalore, which began on 22 November 2012.

Major Roads

Belgaum is connected by road via national highways 4 (connecting Maharashtra (now part of the Golden Quadrilateral), Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu) and 4A (connecting Karnataka and Goa). North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) run buses to all corners of Karnataka and to neighbouring states.

There are many prominent private bus companies providing services to all major destinations in Karnataka and surrounding states.

KSRTC services almost all villages in Karnataka. 92% villages are served by KSRTC (6743 out of 7298 Villages) and 44% in other areas (6743 out of 7298). KSRTC operates 6463 schedules in a day covering an effective distance of 23.74 lakh km with a total fleet of 7599 buses. It transports, on an average, 24.57 lakh passengers per day.


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Facts

1. Earlier Belagavi was known as ‘Venugram’ meaning Bamboo Village.
2. The Vadgoan and Madhavpur suburbs of Belgaum were important urban centers between 400 BC and 300 AD.
3. The Begaum city was built in 12th century AD by the Ratta dynasty, who were based nearby Saundatti.
4. Belgaum was selected as the venue of 39th session of the Indian National Congress in December 1924 under the presidency of Mahatma Gandhi.

5. In 1947, when India became independent, Belagavi and its district were part of Bombay State.
6. In 2006, the Government of Karnataka announced that Belgaum would be made the state’s 2nd capital, and the city would be a permanent venue for the annual 15 day session of state legislature.

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Important Contacts Nos.

Police Control Room- 100
Fire Brigade- 101
Ambulance- 102

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