Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Shettihalli Church - Gorur Dam - Hassan

Planned plans may fail..but failed plans sometimes clicks!!!...too tricky words..!!!

Yes you are right..when I first heard about a structure submerged in the back waters of a dam, my instinct always wanted to capture those frames. But did not know exactly where this structure stood in the back waters.  Surfing for information, and few pictures here and there, gave me a half baked information about the church in a dam. Digging the bore-well for the eyes lit with a 10000 watts light!!!. 

Arey! what is this? this place is so near to my native place, and also I had been to the dam back waters many times!. 

Okay okay..don't press Ctrl+F to search me, and hit me black and blue. Am talking about Shetty Halli Church, which will get submerged during the monsoon in the Gorur Dam, but surfaces to show its glory in the summer or when the water level is low. The Gorur dam was built by the Government around 1960 to reserve & re-serve the waters of the river Hemavathy for irrigation and drinking projects. 

The Shettihalli church in the Gorur Dam
As many write-ups,  and many wiki reveals that,  this church had been built in 1860 by the french missionaries for the people in  Hassan, Sakaleshapura and its surroundings.  During the summer, when the water level is low, any vehicle will go almost inside the church :-). The structure, and the landscape around gives a good feel.  Even though we feel disgusted,  when we see the campus is littered with broken bottles, @#$#@ things, but still the landscape amazes you, and so the church...standing in a crumbling state. 

One more shot from the other side
But if we are able to turn the wrist watch backwards, we can visualize the majestic structure, the village ambiance, crystal clear voice of the birds, fragrance of flowers.....the mother nature at her best!
As seen from the bed of the back waters
From the main road the church stands at a stone throw away distance, since the water level was too low, we reached comfortably at the door step (sorry no is an open air theater from all the sides!!).

One of the few towers still standing
 Since we are at the site in the glaring sun, the monument showed all its sides, the majestic entrance, the walls, the towers everything was amazing. 
Probably the main hall of the church

One more look

The tall wall as seen from the floor!
Even though the pieces of the structure scattered here and there, since it had lost its muscles, but still standing on the bones, it will be a photographer's delight all the way! 

Road map from Hassan
The family..!
Hardly about thirty minutes drive from the center of the Hassan, and the condition of the road is also good, except few stretches, and a few hours spent in this campus can bring the light in to the frames.   Since there is no near by shops, better to carry food and water but caution to be taken not to lit the place. Even though sitting late in the evening for the sunset is not advisable, but if we do with caution, it will provide some stunning magical show of light and shadow!!!


  1. ಪಾಳು ಬಿದ್ದ ಮನೆ ಮಂದಿರಗಳು ಕುಡುಕರಪಾಲಾಗುತ್ತಾ ಬರುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಇಂತಹ ಸ್ಥಳಗಳನ್ನು ಅಚ್ಚುಕಟ್ಟು ಮಾಡುವುದು ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಕೆಲಸ. ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು ಶ್ರೀಕಾಂತ್ ಹೇಗೋ ಒಂದಿಲ್ಲೊಂದು ಸ್ಥಳ ಪರಿಚಯಿಸುತ್ತೀರಿ

    1. ಮೊದಲ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆಗೆ ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು ಅಕ್ಕಯ್ಯ!

      ನಿಮ್ಮ ಮಾತು ನಿಜ.. ಮಂದಿರಗಳು, ಮನೆಗಳು ಬೇಡದ ಕೆಲಸಗಳಿಗೆ ಉಪಯೋಗವಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ಬೇಸರವೆನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಜನಗಳಿಗೂ ಬೇಕಿಲ್ಲ . ಸರಕಾರಕ್ಕೂ ಬೇಕಿಲ್ಲ. ಒಂದು ಸುಂದರ ತಾಣವನ್ನಾಗಿ ಮಾಡಬಹುದಾದ ಸ್ಥಳ ಇಂದು ಕುಡುಕರ ನೆಲೆಯಾಗಿರೋದು ಬೇಸರ ಹುಟ್ಟಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ.

  2. Dear Sriman, sorry for the comment in Kannada for your English write up.

    'ಮೊದಲಿಗೆ ನೀವು ಲೇಖನವನ್ನು ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತ ಪಡೆಸುವ ಸರಳ ಶೈಲಿ ಮತ್ತು ಆರಂಭಿಸುವ ಆ ಸುಂದರತೆ ನನಗೆ ಮೊದಲ ಪಾಠ. ಎಲ್ಲೋ ಸವಕಲಾಗದ ಅಪ್ಪಟ ಮಾಹಿತಿಪೂರ್ಣ ಬರಹಗಳು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಗಿರಿಮೆ.

    ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತ ಪಡೆಸಿರುವ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿಹಳ್ಳಿ ಚರ್ಚು - ಸ್ಮಾರಕಗಳ ಕುರಿತಾದ ನಮ್ಮ ಅವಜ್ಞತೆಗೆ ಉದಾಹರಣೆ. ಪ್ರಾಮುಖ್ಯತೆಯನ್ನು ಸರ್ಕಾರಗಳೂ ಅರಿಯುವುದಿಲ್ಲ ಮತ್ತು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರಿಗೂ ಅದು ಅನೈತ ಚಟುವಟಿಕೆಗಳಿಗೆ 'ಬಾಡಿಗೆ ಇಲ್ಲದ' ತಾಣ.

    ಕರ್ನಾಟಕವನ್ನು ನೀವು ನೋಡುವ ರೀತಿ, ನಮಗೂ ಸಿದ್ಧಿಸಲಿ ಎಂದು ಹರೆಸಿರಿ...'

    1. ಭಾಷೆಯಾವುದಾದರೇನು ಭಾವ ಮುಖ್ಯ. ಓದುವ ಪ್ರೋತ್ಸಾಹಿಸುವ ಗುಣವೇ ಅಲ್ಲವೇ ಸ್ನೇಹಲೋಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಿನುಗುತ್ತಿರುವುದು.. ಸುಂದರ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ಬದರಿ ಸರ್. ಅನೇಕ ಇಂತಹ ಒಂದು ಸುಂದರ ಕಲಾಕೃತಿ ನಿರ್ಲಕ್ಷಕ್ಕೆ ಗುರಿಯಾಗಿರೋದು ಮನಸ್ಸಿಗೆ ಬೇಸರವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.ಸುಂದರ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆಗೆ ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು ಬದರಿ ಸರ್