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  • Hiremagalur (Kannada: ಹಿರೇಮಗಳೂರು , IAST: hirēmagalūru, IPA: [hiremaɡaluːru] or town of the big/elder daughter), which was until recently a separate village, is now a locality in Chikkamagaluru (or town of the younger daughter) of Karnataka. In 1971, its population was 1,456 in an area of 1,300 hectares.

    History

    During the 9th and 11th centuries Hiremagalur was a flourishing agrahara town. Legends suggest that in this area, nine siddhasperformed penance near a pond in the village known as Siddha Pushkarni. Legend has it that Parashurama too lived here, giving the village the epithet Bhargavapuri, or “the town of Bhargava (Parashurama).

    Another legend suggests that this city was given as a gift to the elder daughter (elder daughter or hiriya magalu in Kannada) of King Rukmangada. Hence the name of the locality came to be known as Hiremagalur (the town of the elder daughter). 

     

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