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Akkatangi Temple and Asokan Inscription Emmethammanagundu - Siddapura

DISTRICT: Chitradurga; TALUK: Molakalmur
LOCALITY: Slddapura (lat. 14047' N; Long. 760 45' E)  
APPROACH: AIRPORT: Bengaluru; RAILWAY STATION: Chitradurga; BUSSTATION Chitradurga

Siddapura is situated at a distance of 2 km west of Brahmagiri where a minor rock edict of Asoka is found. The Asokan inscription is engraved on a ledge, facing south amidst granite outcrops.  It consists of 22 lines and is engraved on the peeling horizontal surface of the rock covering a space of 4.11 x 2.44 m. The edict refers to the place name Suvarnagiri from where it was issued through the prince (Aryaputra). It has a message issued by Devanampriya to the officers called Mahamatras stationed at Isila. The text of Siddapur edict is exactly similar to that of Brahmagiri. The place Isila is generally identified with Brahmagiri itself. The objective of the edict is to urge all classes of people to inculcate pious duties. The Akka Tangi temple, dedicated to Siva, was built by two sisters. It is a modest temple of 12th -13th  century AD. Axially it comprises a garbhagriha, an ardhamandapa and a pillared mahamandapa with its entrance provided with kakshasana. On the austere adhisthana rise the plain wall and a flat roof.