The word Bellary sprang up from the term Balari i.e. Goddess Durugamma, who appeared in the town of Bellary. Various historical events of the epic Ramayana are associated to this place. According to Ramayana, when lord Rama was searching for Sita, he met Hanuman & Sugreeva near Hampi, which was earlier the capital of the kingdom of Vijayanagara. Bellary played an integral role during the periods of Kadambas, Satavahanas, Kalachuryas, Chalukyas of Kalyana, Hoysalas and Sevunas. In the year 1953, Bellary was transferred to the former state of Mysore (now Karnataka).
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