Ranganatha Swamy temple
|Elevation||925 m (3,035 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Magadi, is a Taluk headquarters located in Ramanagara district. The town is situated at a distance of 51 km from Bangalore. The founder of Bangalore, the great Kempegowda was a native of Kempapura, Magadi taluk. Magadi, having a rich cultural heritage was the largest boundary (Mega Gadi) marked during the rulers of Vijayanagar empire. The town was earlier known by names Maha Gadi or Mahalakshmi Gadi, later the British regime renamed the town as Magadi.
Effect of urbanisation
In modern literature, the forests around Magadi were the setting of the true story "Old Munisamy and the Panther of Magadi" by the India born British hunter Kenneth Anderson. Since then, the wildlife around Magadi has been greatly reduced by poaching and habitat loss. The rise in real estate activities and illegal quarries operating around Magadi is causing enormous damage to the ecosystem and the town is fast becoming a part of the growing Bangalore district.
The important crops of the taluk are ragi, paddy, groundnut, coconut, arecanut, maize and mulberry. Magadi taluk is considered to be the semiarid region with an average annual rainfall of 795 mm, which is mainly contributed by south-west monsoon.
The small town of Magadi is home to historical temples of Shaiva and Vaishnava sects
Sri Ranganathswamy Temple is the main temple of Vaishnava sect in the town.
There are 5 Shiva temples located around the town making this place as one of the Panchalinga Kshethras. The 5 temples of Lord Shiva are Sri Prasanna Someshwara temple.
- Sri Prasanna Rameshwara temple
- Sri Kote Rameshwara temple
- Sri Kashi Vishwanatha temple
- Sri Gavi Gangadhareswara temple
- Sri Kalaghattamma devi temple
Savanadurga, a small village at a distance of 12km from Magadi has temples devoted to Lord Sri Veerabhadreshwara and Lord Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy. 
As of 2011[update] India census, Magadi had a population of 27,605. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Magadi has an average literacy rate of 69%, male literacy is 74%, and female literacy is 65%.
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