Karnataka elections: Madhugiri Assembly constituency
Madhugiri is an assembly constituency in Tumakuru district. The town derives its name from a hillock, Madhu-giri. Madhugiri is a single hill and is the second largest monolith in Asia. The constituency is also famous for its fort. Genesis of the name Madhugiri is derived from the Honeybee colonies.
Antaralada Bagilu, Diddibagilu, and Mysuru Gate are the three gateways of the fort. A series of doorways lead to the hill. The ruined temple of Gopalakrishna is located atop. The construction of the original mudfort was undertaken by Raja Hira Gowda in the 17th century around 1670 AD. An interesting incident prompted the Gowda family to consider building a fortress.
A stray sheep went missing around the Madhugiri hillock only to return late in the night dripping with water. This was music to the ears since a spring would definitely be a welcome sign for the rain deficient area. A decision to construct a fortress was arrived at and the task was completed. The Gowdas started ruling this region based at Madhugiri Fort.
K. N. Rajanna from the Congress is the current legislator from Madhugiri, he defeated M.V.Veerabhadraiah of JDS.