Things to do in Harihara
Relish the spiritual taste of Sri Harihareshwara Temple
Also known as ‘Dakshina Kashi’, Harihara is a sacred place of worship for Hindus. The Kannada town is considered important in both Shaivism and Vaishnavism traditions. The principal deity of the temple is Lord Harihara - an integration of Lord Vishnu (Hari) and Shiva (Hara). A large statue of God Harihara can be found inside the temple, where people from all over India come to pay their respects to the supreme God. The Harihareshwara Temple was built in the year 1224 during King Narasimha II of Hoysala Empire.
In addition to the famous Harihareshwara, you can find a number of temples and spiritual centers in Harihara. Banashankari Temple, Ayyappa Temple, Sri Kalika Devi Mandir, etc. are some of the other places where spirituality can be experienced in abundance. Explore the town and feel blessed by its incredible religious beauty.
Take a dip in the sacred Tungabhadra River
Tungabhadra is a major river of South India and holds an important place in Hindu Dharma. In the midst of the luscious natural and spiritual delight of Harihara, Tungabhadra River adds beauty to the breathtaking environment. Bath in the river before having a darshan in the ancient temple and purify your mind and soul. A number of people can be seen meditating and worshipping Lord Harihara on the riverbanks. The purity and tranquility of the river, along with its sweet babbling sound, create a mesmerizing atmosphere.
Experience soulful revival with a Yoga program
Harihara is an ideal place to fall in love with the beauty of Yoga. From the environment to natural geography, everything favors the town when it comes to practicing Yoga. Although Yoga is quite popular as a tradition in Harihara, various Yoga schools such as Shwaasa Yoga Center is located here. Since the town sits very far from the hustle bustle of city life, Yoga teachers and students consider it a genuine spot for attaining the wisdom of Yoga. Not only Yoga teacher training courses but also retreat programs are organized in Harihara’s stupendous beauty. Thanks to the spiritual ambition of honorable Swami Sri Vachananand Ji, who is popularly known as Shwaasa Guru, Harihara town has been transformed to an amazing site for yogic pilgrimage.
Shwaasa yoga ashram happens to be the most popular yoga school in the town witnessing a huge footfall of aspiring yogis every session. In the seat of the Shwaasa Yoga Institute, numerous people from all over the world come to let their soul breathe in the yogic air by entering a zone of mindfulness and soulful awakening. The peaceful aura of the town, the gurgling Tungabhadra River, the friendly locals, there is something pious and spiritual about this ancient old town which creates the ideal environment to indulge in the practice of yoga. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enroll for a yoga course while you are here.
Popular Tourist Attractions near Harihara
Ranebennur Blackbuck Sanctuary
At just about 20 km from Harihara, you can witness the richness of nature at Ranebennur Blackbuck Sanctuary. The 119 sq km sanctuary is aimed towards the protection of blackbucks. The jungle also has great Indian bustard, wolves, wild pigs, porcupines, etc. in good number. Primarily, the forest’s vegetation consists of scrubs and Acacia plants. It will be a fascinating visit to one of the few blackbuck sanctuaries in the country.
The Heritage Town of Hampi
Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located about 130 km north-east of Harihara. Set your foot on the soil of Hampi and appreciate the beautiful architecture of world-famous monuments that were built during the Vijayanagar Empire. A large number of Hindu and Jain monuments such as Achyutaraya Temple, Hemakuta Hill monuments, Virupaksha Temple, Ganagitti Temple etc. are in Hampi which one can have a glimpse of. More than a million people join Hampi Utsav that is organized by the Government of Karnataka annually.
The ancient Chitradurga Fort is a historian’s favorite spot in Karnataka. It takes no more than 2 hours to reach the fort city from Harihara. Many historical pieces of evidence suggest the presence of this fort during the Mauryan Era and Vijaynagar Empire. To become a witness of this historic monument, many visitors come to the town of Chitradurga.
Mattur - The Sanskrit Village
The cultural beauty of Karnataka can be astonishingly described when you visit the Sanskrit village of Mattur. It is one of the very few villages in India and around the world where Sanskrit is used as the primary language to communicate. Located on the banks of Tunga River, the ancient village has a famous Rama temple and many other places of worship. Many tourists also visit Hosahalli, the twin village of Mattur. Both share similar linguistic culture.