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Author: Lakshman Telagavi
Places mentioned in the article: Chitradurga, Medehalli, Goapalapura, Medakerepura, Gonuru, Ganjigatte, Holalkere, Balligave
Notes from the author:
Perumalepura situated on the Chitradurga hills (called Bemmatthanuru in inscriptions) was an ancient Brahmapuri founded by Hoysala Commander Perumaledeva during the 13th century A.D. This paper is the result of an incessant re-exploration undertook by me in recent years. This was the centre for Srivaishnava-Vaishnava cults and the image of Gopalakrishna now found in the same temple was installed by Perumaledeva who richly endowed it. The areas covering Garudanjaneya doorway, Gopalaswamy pond, Sringara garden and palace complex have been indentified as Perumalepura then inhabited by the Srivaishnavas and Vaishnavas. The Gopalaswamy pond could be identified as ‘Hooliyabavi’ referred to elsewhere. If proper archaeological explorations are undertaken in the present site around the temple more light can be thrown on the subject.