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Bettadapura is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 12°29′10″N 76°06′07″E / 12.486°N 76.102°E / 12.486; 76.102Coordinates: 12°29′10″N 76°06′07″E / 12.486°N 76.102°E / 12.486; 76.102
Country  India
State Karnataka
Named for Sidlu Mallikarjuna Swamy Betta(Temple)
 • Total 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Bettadapura is a town located in Mysore district, in the Indian state of Karnataka. The name is derived from two Kannada words, "Betta" and "pura". Betta means "hill" and pura means "town".

Most of the population is from Gowda community, People cultivate / form Tobacco extensively here. Main crop is Tobacco and the place is known for farming India's best quality tobacco which is exported to foreign countries extensively.


Bettadapura has a Chola era temple on top of the hill after which it is named, dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva.

Here, Shiva, worshipped in the form of a murti, is referred to as Sidlu Mallikarjuna. Sidlu is a Kannada word meaning lightning, while Mallikarjuna is another name for Shiva.

It is believed that when lighting strikes the temple the bolt circles the Shiva murti.

Large cooking utensils carried up the hill a long time ago can still be seen, and the base of the hill has some Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected monuments.