Avani is a small village in
Kolar district in
Karnataka, India, about ten miles from
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.
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Avani is known for the
Sita temple situated on a hill. 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 gave birth to her
children exists. The war between
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
daughter of Adi Jambav. Jambava along with his army constructed
Jambavan is also been associated with Jamthun village in
Ratlam tahsil of
Madhya Pradesh and Jambuvan Cave of Ranavav Taluk of
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.
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.
The name Avani is of Dravidian (kannadiga) origin, and means "earth".
Sita was also called Avanisuta meaning 'Daughter of
Earth'. The legend goes that she was found while ploughing the earth.
Mahashivaratri festival is celebrated very grandly. 'Ramalingeshwara
Rathostava' (jatre) is also very famous.
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