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Avani is a small village in Mulbagal
Mulbagal
taluk, Kolar
Kolar
district in Karnataka, India, about ten miles from Kolar
Kolar
Gold Fields. The village is located at 32 km from Kolar, the district centre and 32 km 13 km from Mulbagal, the Taluk headquarters. It is a popular location for rock climbing.[1]

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1 Legend 2 Etymology 3 Festivals 4 References 5 External links

Legend[edit] Avani is known for the Sita
Sita
temple situated on a hill.[2] This temple is one of the few temples dedicated to Sitadevi in India. There is a belief that the sage Valmiki, the author of the epic Ramayana, was residing here during the period of Ramayana. Sitadevi lived here in his ashram while in exile. Sitadevi gave birth to her twin children Lava-Kusha here. Even today the room where Sita
Sita
gave birth to her children exists. The war between Sri Rama
Sri Rama
and his sons Lava and Kusha happened in this village. This hill also has the temple of 'Hari Shresta Adi Jambava', Jambava is Attributed to Agra Archana During Famous Ramalingeshwara Fest, which is celebrated every year. He gave Shyamanthak jewel to Lord Krishna. On the same occasion Lord Krishna marrids Jambavati
Jambavati
the daughter of Adi Jambav. Jambava along with his army constructed Ramsethu. Jambavan
Jambavan
is also been associated with Jamthun village in Ratlam tahsil of Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh
and Jambuvan Cave of Ranavav Taluk of Porbandar, Gujarat
Gujarat
state. Avani is also known as the Gaya of the south and has ancient temples known as the Ramalingeshwara, Lakshmaneshwara, Bharateshwara and Shatrugneshwara, dating back to the period of the Nolamba Dynasty.[3] When Sri Narasimha Bharati IV of the Sringeri Sharada Peetham
Sringeri Sharada Peetham
was on his sancharas, he camped here for a few days. During his stay here, in Avani, he found an idol of Goddess Sharada, in standing posture flanked by Srimajjagadguru Adi Shankaracharya and the Sri Chakra. He consecrated this idol here and established a new Matha and installed one of his shisyas as the head of the new Matha. This matha is now known as Avani Sringeri Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sharada Peetham. There is a branch of this matha in Basaweshwaranagar in Bangalore. Etymology[edit] The name Avani is of Dravidian (kannadiga) origin, and means "earth". Hindu goddess Sita
Sita
was also called Avanisuta meaning 'Daughter of Earth'. The legend goes that she was found while ploughing the earth. Festivals[edit] Mahashivaratri festival is celebrated very grandly. 'Ramalingeshwara Rathostava' (jatre) is also very famous. References[edit]

^ "Avani- Kolar
Kolar
District". sutthonabanni. Retrieved 2017-10-11.  ^ "Avani - The Birthplace of Lava and Kusha". www.tirthayatra.org. Retrieved 2017-10-11.  ^ "Avani's many wonders". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 2017-10-11. 

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