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River Tunga during the monsoon
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Hosahalli is one of twin-villages Mattur-Hosahalli, on the banks of the Tunga River in Karnataka state, southern India. It lies in an agricultural region where the main crop is arecanut. It is known for Sanskrit, Veda, Gamaka (story-telling) and Sangeetha (Carnatic music). From above, the village looks like a "Paa Ni Pee Tha" (copy of a pitha).[clarification needed]
The village has several temples including ones dedicated Varasiddi vinayak temple and matangamm ayane mariyamma temple,Lord Chennakeshava, Lord Rama, Lord Shiva and the Goddess Durga. Lord Channakeshava's temple has an impressive Rajagopuram (royal temple tower) at its entrance. The Durga temple is located at one end of the village, making the Goddess Durga the Grama Devata (the village Goddess). A Shri Ramamamdiram is at the heart of the village where Bhajans (devotional singing) is held every Saturday. The Mallikarjuna swamy temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is on the banks of river Tunga.
Veda Vidyaranya Samskrita Pathashala (now the Gayathri Veda Pathashaala) is a residential vedic school which has a library of books about veda and mythology. Some students learn Krishna Yajurveda. The Gamaka Kala Parishat (Academy for Gamaka art) contributes to cultural programs at the Gamaka Bhavana. Gamaka vaachana is taught. There is also a Sankethi Sangeetha Sabha cultural institute. The village youth take part in the volunteer organisation, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.