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Tank with a past

H.S.NARASIMHA KUMAR

A tank with a history of 800 years...



Unruffled lies the water...

DAVANGERE

One of Asia's biggest tanks is Soolekere tank situated near Chennagiri, about 50 km from here. Built in the year 1128, the tank has a history of 800 years. It took three years to construct the massive tank. The tank, which has a water spread of 2,651 hectares, has a radius of 65 km. It has a total catchment area of 329.75 square kilometres. It irrigates 1,900 hectares of land and more than 50 villages are benefited by it.

The tank has a glorious past. It is said that there was a place called Swargavathi and an emperor by name Vikrama was ruling the place. He had a beautiful wife Shanthavee, who was punished by the emperor for her misdeeds and was banished from the palace. She built the tank, in repentance and named it as "Soolekere."

There are many other stories too about the origin of the tank. Since people felt embarrassed to call the tank by the name "Soolekere," they renamed it "Shanthisagara". But people again started to call it "Soolekere." It is a beautiful spot for picnics. Many who walk, fail to get the other end of the tank bund though they walked miles and miles.

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