Channagiri, a quaint panchayat town, is located in the Davanagere district of the state of Karnataka. This taluk headquarters is believed to be a hill fortified by Rani Chennamma, belonging to Keladi (1672–1697). She was the leading lady of the Keladi Nayaka Kingdom and this town of Channagiri is believed to have been named after her.
Known for its multiethnic population, Channagiri has a predominantly Hindu population (Veerashaivas/Lingayaths)—with the rest being Mohammadans and Jains. Each year, millions of people flock to enjoy the Gaddigeshwara Utsava and Anjaneya Swamy Ratotsawa festival at Muddenahalli. Continuing for three days at a stretch, these occasions are packed with fun, spirituality and religious fervor. On these days, the Mutt arranges Prasadam daily—this is savored with delight by devotees and tourists alike. The main attractions of the venue are Veeragaase and the Pallakki Utsava. While the main temples are situated on hills, the others worthy of a look are at Fort Ranganathaswamy and Mudenahalli (Aanjaneya). Gowramma Street, situated in the heart of city is famous for its Gowramma temple.