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Haigunda is a village located in an island in Sharavathi river, Honnavara taluk, Karnataka.


Haigunda is located on an island in the river Sharavathi in Uttara Kannada district and it at a distance of 20 km from Honnavara.[1] The village is known for pre-historic art and Yaksha stone statue found in Haigunda is dated around first-second century A.D. and the statue is 1.80 meters tall.[2] Yaksha statue is locally called as Babri and as on 2014, it is in a state of semi-neglect.[1] There are also three other statues which are slightly disfigured[1] and one is Mahavishnu and two of them have Buddhist look.[3] Legend says that Kadamba king Mayuravarma brought 32 Havyaka families from Ahichatra (located in present day Uttar Pradesh) to Haigunda to perform Vedic rituals.[citation needed] There were several sacrificial altars in the inland and bricks used for them are still found and used for other building purposes by local people.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Hegde, M G (24 May 2005). "Haigunda: the floating island on Sharavati". Deccan Herald, Bangalore. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  2. ^ Srinivasan, Doris Meth (1997). Many heads, arms, and eyes : origin, meaning, and form of multiplicity in Indian art. Leiden: Brill. p. 257,208,199. ISBN 9789004107588.
  3. ^ Hegde, Ravi (Dec 2013). "One of the Oldest". National Geographic. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  4. ^ Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency ..., Volume 15, Part 2. Mumbai: Bombay Presidency. 1883. p. 303.