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Arsikere railway junction
Arsikere railway junction
Nickname(s): Arasiya-kere
Coordinates: 13°18′50″N 76°15′22″E / 13.31389°N 76.25611°E / 13.31389; 76.25611Coordinates: 13°18′50″N 76°15′22″E / 13.31389°N 76.25611°E / 13.31389; 76.25611
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Hassan District
 • Total 8 km2 (3 sq mi)
Elevation 806 m (2,644 ft)
 • Total 60,000
 • Density 7,500/km2 (19,000/sq mi)
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 573,103
Telephone code 91 8174
Vehicle registration KA-13
Malekallu Tirupathi-balaji
Ishvara Temple at Arasikere
Kattameshvara and Chandramoulishvara Temple, Shivalaya

Arsikere is a town and taluka in the Hassan district in the state of Karnataka, India. This area is known for its coconut production and the Malekallu Tirupathi hill. Arsikere is the taluka headquarters, a major railway junction on the South Western Railway which links Mysore and Mangaluru to North Karnataka and a central place for tourists who visit nearby places that do not have rail access, such as Belur, Halebidu, and Shravanabelagola.


The name Arasikere originates from one of the princesses of the Hoysala Dynasty, who built a lake (kere in Kannada) near the town. Arasi means queen in Kannada. Therefore, it is 'Arasiya+kere' which means "queen's pond".[2] Arasikere was also called Udbhava Sarvajna Vijaya and Ballalapura at various times.

Under the rule of the Wodeyars of Mysore, the area suffered from the raids of the Marathas, and was subsequently turned over to the Marathas by the Wodeyars as security for the payment of tribute. Under the rulers of Vijayanagara, it was under the administrative control of Jagadevaraya of Channaptna and later placed under Thimmappa Nayaka of Tarikere. It was finally under the rule of Shivappa Nayaka of Ikkeri and was acquired from Ikkeri rulers by the Mysore Wodeyars in 1690.


Arsikere is located at 13°19′N 76°16′E / 13.31°N 76.26°E / 13.31; 76.26.[3] It has an average elevation of 807 metres (2,648 ft).

Arsikere is situated about 44 kilometres (27 mi) from Hassan and 166 kilometres (103 mi) from Bangalore on the Bangalore-Miraj railway line and NH 206 passes inside the city called as Bangalore-Honnavar road.


The winter temperature averages between 14 °C (57 °F) and 26 °C (79 °F). Summer temperature average between 19 °C (66 °F) and 35 °C (95 °F).[4]


Notable educational facilities in Arasikere include the following:


  • Sri Adichunchanagiri English School, Higher primary, PU Science college Arsike
  • Neviditha English Higher primary school
  • St Mary's English Higher primary school
  • Aashirvad Public school
  • Sharadha English school
  • Sri Basvarajendra High School


  • Prathiba College
  • JSKPU College
  • Vivekananda College of Education
  • Sri Raamaiah Education Trust
  • Govrnament Boys Junior Collage


Arsikere railway junction belongs to the Mysore division and is a major railway junction between Bengaluru and Hubli, Bengaluru and Shivamoga, and Mangalore and Hubli. Trains typically stop here before heading to Hassan, Bangalore, Hubli, and Mangalore.

Nearly 87 trains stop here and is around 166 km from state capital Bengaluru. It has three originating trains to Bengaluru, Mysuru and Hubballi. Around 30,000 people travel from Arsikere to other parts everyday.


Various festivals are celebrated in Arasikere, including the following:

  • Ganapathi Pendal (where a large Ganesha statue is displayed for about ninety days in Pendal), Ganapathi Chathurti, and Ganapathi Visarjana which has been celebrated from past 65 years(where an idol of Ganesha is immersed into the lake near Arasikere). During these festivals, Sports, cultural, and spiritual activities are organized.
  • Undiganalu "Sri Kariyamma Devi Jatramahotsava" is the biggest festival in Arasikere taluk which is held in the month of April.
  • Yadhapura "Sri Jenukallu Siddeshwara Swamy Jatramahotsava" is a big festival held every month during full moon day.

Places of interest[edit]

Notable places around Arsikere include the following:

Temples and architecture[edit]

  • The Kalameshwara Temple (also Ishwara), also known as Kattameshvara and Chandramoulishvara by devotees, is a monument in the Hoysala style of architecture. It faces east and dates to 1220 A.D.
  • Sahasrakuta Jinalaya has a Hoysala building from 1220 A.D. and was constructed by Vasudhaika bandhava Recharasa, a minister of Veera Ballala II.
  • Malekal Tirupathi Hill, also called Chikka Tirupati is three kilometers from Arsikere and has two temples: (Venkataramana and Govindaraja), which are frequently visited by pilgrims. Malekal Tirupathi Hill has 1,300 steps and a standing Venkateshwara idol.[2]
  • Sainatha and Ganapathi temples are of modern design and construction.
  • Jenukallu siddeshwara swamy hill
    Jenukallu siddeshwara Betta (hill)
  • Arasikere is home to naturally built elephant stone, situated at heart of the town in Shri Subhramnya Ane Bhetta.
  • Sri Siddarameshwara Temple in Sunkadahalli,
  • Sri Siddarameshwara Gadduge is located 12 kilometers from Arsikere.


  • The Nagapuri fortress, built on the Hirekal hill, is eleven kilometres north of Arasikere and is said to have been constructed by Hyder Ali.
  • A state branch of the Kastur Ba Gandhi National Memorial Trust is located at Kastur Ba Gram.

Nearby towns and places of interest[edit]

  • Undiganalu which is the village located in between Arasikere and Javagal there are historical temples called Kariyamma Devi Temple, Chamundeshwari Temple, Gavisiddeshwara temple (located in the hill top), Bhalu Basaveshwara Temple (located midway). There are many festivals in that the Kariyamma Devi Jathramahothsava is the one of the popular festivals in Arasikere Taluk. Unidiganalu is located 28 km from Arasikere and 11 km from Javagal.
  • Javagal, the hobli, is about 33 km from Arasikere and about 35 km from Hassan. It has a temple dedicated to Lakshminarasimha, which is a good specimen of Hoysala architecture with an outer entrance. This temple is attributed to the middle of the 13th century A.D.[5]
  • Haranahally is a big village about eight kilometres south of Arasikere; there are remains of an old fort that is said to have been erected in 1070 A.D. by a chief named Someshvara Raya. There is a large Nagarti tank, which was named after his daughter.
  • Bannavara is a nearby town where on can see an old forts and a temple.

Notable people[edit]

Notable people from Arsikere include:

  • Balakrishna, Kannada actor
  • David Johnson, cricketer
  • Doddanna, Kannada actor
  • Javagal Srinath, Indian cricketer and pace bowler
  • Dhananjaya, special star Kannada actor
  • Ashok Haranahalli, Former Advocate general to Govt. of Karnataka
  • Haranahalli Ramaswamy, Former Irrigation minister and founding member of the Malnad education trust
  • Narayan Gowda, Chief of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike
  • M D S family

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Home | ಅರಸೀಕೆರೆ ಪುರಸಭೆ Archived 14 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine.. (10 May 2013).
  2. ^ a b Home | ಅರಸೀಕೆರೆ ಪುರಸಭೆ Archived 14 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine.. (10 May 2013).
  3. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Arsikere.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 March 2013. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  5. ^ Karnataka State Gazetteer 1983.