Tumkooru (Tumkur) Information
Tumkur is an industrial town located in the state of Karnataka. Since 28 August 2010, Tumkur has been accorded the status of a corporation city. It is situated at a distance of 70 kilometres northwest of Bangalore, along National Highway 206. It is the headquarters of the Tumkur district.
Spreading over an area of 10,598 sq km inhabited by 23,06,000 people (2001 Census). This is alos one of the districts which share their names with their headquarters. Tumkoour is situated about 70 km north of Bengalooru. The records of the 10th century reveal that this place was known as ‘Tummugere’. The temple dedi-cated to lord Lakshminarayana, built in 1560 is toeholds temple here.
The Veerashaiva Mutt situated at Siddhaganga is noted for its yeomen service to education and religious activities. Another laudable feature of this noble mutt which runs many educational institutions including an engineering college is the charitable hostel which feeds as many as 5000 students absolutely free of cost. This place Siddhaganga is also where the Samadhi or the ‘Holy Tomb’ of Saint Siddhalingeswara, the prominent Veerashaiva Saint, is located. There is also a serene natural spring here, known as Siddhaganga.
Etymologically, Tumakuru is believed to have been mutated possibly from "Tumbe ooru" due to the abundance of Tumbe huuvu, a kind of flower, or Tamate ooru due to the folk musical percussion instrument Tamate, that might have been used most here. Also, it is called as the coconut city.
Another story says that during the rule of cholas Gulur was their capital, since Tumkur is at high elevation the guards used to be there on any hill with Tumaki (a kind of drum) and used to make sound in case of any alerts; hence the name Tumakuru.
Tumkur is located at 13.34°N 77.1°E. It has an average elevation of 822 metres (2696 feet). The city has a station on the South Western railway, 43 m. N.W. from Bangalore. This city, which is just 70 km from Bangalore, appears to be an increasingly viable alternative for Bangaloreans looking to purchase sites.
Commissioner of the Tumkur Urban Development Authority (TUDA) Adarshakumar told The Hindu that 40 percent of sites in Tumkur are bought by Bangaloreans.
He said that due to this, site rates had almost doubled in the past three years and the demand had also gone up.
He added that many people working in the information technology and biotechnology sectors in Bangalore were participating in the auction of corner sites.
The cultivated products consist chiefly of millet, rice, pulses, arecanut and oil seeds. The chief industries are the making of coarse cotton cloths, woolen blankets, ropes, watches(Hindustan Machine Tools),. WIPRO, TVSE and Karmobiles Ltd. which is merged with Rane Madras. "Tumkur Glow for Beauty Crowns" SWARNMANDIR has been chiselling out the intricate nuances of gold crowns for Miss India, Sponsored by TANISHQ and many Temple Crowns even for Sri Channakeshava Temple, Belur... have their industries around the town. In 2011 this city is proposed to become a Municipal Corporation of Karnataka. Two National Highways NH-4 and NH-206 passes through Tumkur city.
About 43km from Tumkooru, Madhugiri known in the olden days as ‘Maddagiri’, has wonderful temples dedicated to Lord Venkataramana and Lord Malleswara, built by the Vijayanagara rulers. The famous mallinatha Basti is also situated here. There is also a citadel with imposing gateways called Diddibagilu, Mysooru Gate, Antaralada Bagilu etc. About 19km from here, at the place called Midigeshi there is another majestic hill fort.
Sira, the taluk headquarters, is about 52km away from Tumkooru. The Khan Bhag Garden, the Jumma Masjid and Malik Rihan’s Tomb are the interesting monuments found here, Sira was once the centre of Mughal Fauzdari and Kasim Khan was the first Fauzdar.
This place know as Sibburu in the olden days, about 24km south of Sira, is sanctified by the 18th century temple dedicated to ‘Lord Narasimha’ the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, with the head of a Lion and the body of a man. This tranquil temple was built by an officer under Hyder Ali, by name Nallapa who authored the famous treatise in Kannada on the ruler Hyder Ali, famous as ‘Haider name’. This architectural temple is embellished with murals which schematise the themes of Ramayana, Mahabharatha and Dasaavathara.
Situated about 30km from Kunigal, Yediyur is famous for two Veerashaiva Mutts and a temple dedicated to Lord Varadaraja, one of the forms of Lord Vishnu. One of the Mutts, known as Samadhi Mutt of the 16th century Saint Tontada Siddhalingeswara Yati has a wonderful wooden chariot with some interesting sculpture.