Krishnagiri district is a district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India and is one of the 6 districts of Tiruvannamalai region . The municipal town of Krishnagiri is the district headquarters. In Tamil Nadu, e-Governance was first introduced at Krishnagiri district under the National e-Governance Project (NEGP) in revenue and social welfare departments on a pilot basis. The district is one of the largest producers of Mangoes in India. As of 2011, the district had a population of 1,879,809 with a sex-ratio of 958 females for every 1,000 males
‘Krishna’ refers to ‘black’ and ‘giri’ refers to ‘hill’. The area contains many granite hillocks hence the name ‘Krishnagiri’. The region was under the rule of Krishna Deva Raya and hence it might also have been named after him.
Krishnagiri district was formed as the 30th district separate district of Tamil Nadu on February 9, 2004. Krishnagiri District was formed by carving out five taluks and ten blocks of the erstwhile Dharmapuri district.
Places To See
KRISHNAGIRI RESERVOIR PROJECT (KRP) DAM
KRP dam is situated at a distance of 7 Kms from Krishnagiri. It is in between Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri. Thousands of acres of land around Krishnagiri is irrigated with the help of this dam. This is a famous tourist spot too. This dam is flooded with tourists during the week ends.
THALI – LITTLE ENGLAND
This place is about 25 Kms from Hosur. It is at the border of Tamil Nadu adjoining Karnataka. It is situated in the land of valleys and cliffs. The climate is very cool and pleasant. It experiences cold and cloudy weather resembling England. Hence it is popular with the name ‘Little England’ since British Regime. The area is covered by a number of hills. The climate is chill round the year. It is called Little England. The taluk headquarters is Denkanikottai. The fort at Denkanikottai is built by Palayakarar in 1530 AD. The fort is destroyed during war with Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan. There is a temple for Venugopala Swami. Car festival is held during the month of May every year. Thousands of devotees visit during this festival.
KELEVARAPALLI RESERVOIR PROJECT(KPRP)
Construction of this project was completed in 1995 AD. It is situated at a distance of 10Kms from Hosur. It is only 8 Kms away from Karnataka state. This has become a picnic spot for citizens of Hosur area. Tourists from adjoining state often visit this place on holidays.
The presence of museum in this District is known for traditional culture, Art and Architecture, Heritage and Historical Background is a blessing in disguise, to spread the traditional and heritage, culture and art of Tamil Nadu and Krishnagiri District in particular. This museum is functioning since 1993 AD, situated on Gandhi Salai in Krishnagiri. Historical monuments are preserved and exhibited here. It is not only a place of tourism but also a center of education. This museum collects the monuments, Classifies and preserves them to conduct research on it’s historical worthiness.
Rajaji Memorial – Thorapalli
In memory of the great leader Rajaji, the Tamil Nadu Government has converted the house in Thorapalli where Rajaji was born, as a memorial. It is located 10 Km from Hosur near Onnalvadi. Some of his belongings and a photo gallery depicting his various walks of life are displayed here.
Rayakottah, a hill fort, situated at a distance of 30 Km from Hosur marks the border of the Palghat plateau. Even after the Mysore wars, for the British it was a strategic place where their troops were stationed till 1861. The ramparts and the bastions of the fort are more or less intact. The fort is a protected monument.
It is located 19 km from krishnagiri and 4 km from samalpallam. Samalpallam lies on the krishnagiri-Bangalore Road N.H 7.
The Ancestors cult was worshiped by the Megalithic people in the ancient period. In krishnagiri District three kinds of memorials are observed and they were named a Cairn circle, Dolmen and Urnburials.
In Mallachandram more than 100 Dolmens are identified in the Moral Pari. Four types of dolmens in this single place.
Smaller dolmens are rercted around the big dolmen. In other words a big dolmen was surrounded by the small dolmens. It looks like a group of people found around the head man.
Few dolmens are having white colour painting in the western orthostat and it is facing in the eastern side. These painting are painted in the megalithic period.
Places of Pilgrimage Interest
ARULMIGU MARAGATHAMBIGAI CHANDRA CHOODESWARA TEMPLE
This temple is located in Hosur on NH-7. Most of the pilgrims are from Karnataka state. This temple stands on a hillock beside this temple a children’s park and a observatory is setup by the tourism department. A guest house is also functioning under the control of Tamil Nadu tourism which is very near to the hillock.
Shree Parshwa Padmavathi Shaktipeet Tirth Dham
Krishnagiri Shaktipeetam is a spiritual organization, which promotes peace and harmony across the world and elevates its devotees from a sense of fake materialism to pure spiritualism through its different endeavors. This temple is located in Orappam village, just 7 km away from krishnagiri. Founded by His Holiness SRI SRI SRI VASANTH GURUDEV JI, this pilgrimage centre is a noteworthy outcome of his dedicated Yoga Vidya. Shaktipeetam, with the blessings of Sri Padmavathi Devi, has transformed Krishnagiri into a sacred place for pilgrims.
The concept of Krishnagiri Shaktipeetam concentrates on the worship (Mathru Upasana or Aradhana) of Sri Parshwanath Bhagwan, the 23rd Thirthankar of the 24 Thirthankars in the holy dharma of Jainism. As Jain dharma gives prominence to Atma Sadhanam or the search for one’s true self, the motive of Krishnagiri Shaktipeetam is to make one realize his/ her inner self through divine mediums like performing puja and offering bhakti. As Krishnagiri Shaktipeetam works on building one’s inner harmony, it becomes one’s final refuge to find love, peace, harmony and goodness in a world of hatred and terrorism.
Krishnagiri Shaktipeetam has been conducting countless good deeds like anna dhan for the poor, needy and organizing huge events to promote peace and harmony. They have achieved various records in the international forum to promote peace further. As an ambassador for peace and harmony, SRI SRI SRI VASANTH GURUDEV JI has been taking part in several global peace conferences and plays a significant role in rising humanity from the clutches of evil and depravity.
This place is situated on the bank of Pennaiyar at a distance of 10 Km from Uthangarai and traditionally associated with Tirtamalai. It is believed that Hanuman who was instructed by Lord Rama to get the water from the Ganges for his penance at Tirtamalai which he could not do it in time. So Rama was said to have done Asthrapryogam and got it. Disappointed at this, Hanuman was said to have thrown down the vessel in which he brought the holy water and this spilled water is believed to be the ‘Hanumantirtham’. The water is considered sacred and during the Tamil month of Aadi (July-August) people frequent this spot.