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Dharmapuri

Dharmapuri is a city and the administrative headquarters of Dharmapuri district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is located 65 km north of Salem. It is a part of the Kongu Nadu region of Tamil Nadu ruled by the ancient Western Ganga Dynasty.

The famous Hogenakal water falls is in Dharmapuri district. Rich in Mango farming, the district also boasts one of the best quality marble stone reserves in the world.

Dharmapuri

In Dharmapuri district, one of the Major river Cauvery flows. Hogenakkal is the place for water falls, Boating, Bathing and it is also famous for popular pilgrim centre namely Theerthamalai.

Hogenakkal

Hogenakkal is situated on the border of Karnataa, 46kms froharmapuri. One of the major rivers of India and a perennial river of south India the Cauveri flows through and make the soil f The river plays major role in maki the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu prosper as it passes through. Kudagu in Karnataka is where the Cauveri originates as a small stream and gathers momentum and gets bigger on r way down. It is in Hogenakkal that theauveri enters Tamil Nadu as a big river with gushing waters presents a waterfall.

The setting of the descent of the Cauveri at Hogenakkal is panoramic. The name Hogenakkal is derived from Kan. It means smoky rocks. The gushing force of the water when it fall the ro This gives the area a different atmosphere. At Hogenakkal the water spreads for miles around. The locally made boats are called Parisal . A parisal ride will give you a rare experience.

Surrounded by hills ake bath in the falls. Local pn be visited through the year. To add attraction the forest depart maintains a mni zoo and a crocodile park here. The New Moon days in the months in January or Thai and in July or Adi are special for the pilgrims who arrive to take a dip in the river. However on Adi 18th, which is in August, a festival to the river goddess is celebrated.

Theerthamalai: Theerthamalai is a popular pigrim centre and it is 16 k.m. from Harur in Dharmapui district. This pilgrim and picnic centre becoming very popular with the public. The temple situated asin of having killed seveht the Ganga water with his arrow. H then threw away nger the vessel containing the Ganga water. This water fell onto the riverbank.numan Thee also is a very holy place. During summer even when the river is dry there will be sweet water in the sws from rock in the may be mentioned that Theerthamalai has huge reserves of magnetite iron ore that can be utilized for the Salem Steel Plant.

Several Inscriptions can be found in the Theerthagireeswarar Temple. They relate to the Vijayanagar and Chola rulers. There is one inscription in ancient Telugu and Kannada. Poet Saint Arunagirineferred to the Templeerthagirieehis compositions. The Manm near the sanctum saaptha kanyakas. The beauty of these sculptures is that they can be viewed only through a very narrow crevice in the rock. The nine-day annual festival at the Temple is in the month of March. The main festival is held at the Shiva temple at the foot of Theerthamalai.

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