Hassan, named after the Goddess “Hassanamba”, the presiding deity of the town is located in the Indian state of Karnataka. The town is blessed with fine weather and is home to the Master Control Facility, founded in the 11th century, by Channa Krishnappa Naik, a Palegar (chieften). The place could be well called as the temple-architectural capital of Karnataka. This is place of the famous tourist destinations of Belur and Halebidu.
Belur is one of the famous tourist places and houses the Chennakesava temple complex which contains the ChennakesavaTemple (dedicated to Vishnu) as the centre piece, surrounded by the Kappe Chennigraya temple. Belur served as the early capital of Hoysala Empire. The structural marvel in Halebidu located 16 km away from Belur and was built by Shantaladevi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana.
The famous Shravanabelagola is also located in Hassan district, is one of the most important Jain pilgrim centers. The 57 feet monolithic statue of the Bhagavan Gomateshwara Bahubali is located on the Vindyagiri and is considered to be the world’s largest monolithic stone statue. The grand statue was erected by Chavundaraya, a general of King Gangaraya. The next Mahamastakabhisheka will be held in 2018.