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Author: Dr. A. Sundar
Place: Chitradurga, Uchhangi Durga, Hulegondi, Isamudra, Jatinga Rameshwara, Bannikoppa, Hagaratagi, Chandravalli, Kudutini
This paper discusses in detail the history of Chitradurga region, origin of its name, inscriptions belonging to various dynasties and major archaeological remains associated with the Pandavas and Hidimba and argue that people claiming to be successors of Hidimba might have come and settled down in the region.
Chitradurga Fort has a Hidimbeshwara temple, so called by inscriptions. Uchhangi record of 1046 also speaks of Hidimbasura. Chitradurga was also called Hidimbapattana. The inscriptions over the centuries mention the name of the place as Hidimbapattana, Hidimbavana, Bemmathhakallu Pattana, Chitra Halli Seeme, Chitra Kallu and Chitradurga. The Hidimbeshwara Linga in the temple is of Kadamba times. The association of Hidimba and the Pandavas of this place is as old as 1st or 2nd Century A.D. There are many places connecting themselves in the epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha around Chitra-durga. The paper discusses many of such places in the neighbouring districts. It is also believed that Ghatodkacha built a town near Chitradurga and the settlement might be of 1st or 2nd Century A.D.