a small hamlet centered between Arsikere and Hosadurga
may not register the interest of even a local
from Karnataka. It has neither tourist, commercial
nor historical importance. An event in and around
1972 sealed the fate of this unknown town forever.
A seventeen year old boy whose only asset was
his poverty was destined by the benevolent hand
of divinity to put his home town on the map of
Bindu Madhav Sharma,
a member of a family of ancestral priests of a
Hanuman Temple in this town attained the exalted
state of self realization 30 years back. Since
then, through the light of his self transformation
he has transformed the face of this sleepy town
into a true "Belakku-uru"
synonymous with town of
lights - Belagur.