Honnali is a small town in recent years had achieved familiarity as Dwithieya Mantralaya. During the period of the Vijayanagar Emperors, this town was famous for selling gold and gold coins on its streets, Hence, its name is Honalli.
Honalli today is a small town, 50 kms from Shimoga. It is located in Davangere district. .
The matha is set amongst picturesque surroundings on the banks of the Tungabhadra. This is the place where the Tunga meets the Bhadra, Incidentally, Mantralaya too is on the banks of the Tungabhadra.
This place has gained the name Dwitheya Mantralaya(second manthralaya) as it is believed that Raghavendra Swamy himself came and did the pratisthapane of the Brindavana.
The Brindavana here is believed to be more than 300 years old.
The people who wanted to construct a Raghavendra Matha were in a procession from Mantralaya, carrying the Mrithike from the Moola Brindavana. The people saw an aged person in holy robes going into the matha and never returning. He is believed to be Raghavendra Swamy.
Even to this day a plate, Hanuman idol and other items brought by Rayaru is said to be preserved in this matha
How to reach?
If you are going by road, go first to Shimoga and from there Honnali is nearby.
if you are planning by train, train routes are available from Bangalore and Mysore to Harihar. From Harihar you have bus facilties to Honnali