Belagavi is a city that boasts an abundance of water bodies, each with a unique piece of history attached to it. One such body of water is the Argan Lake, also known as Argan Talav, located near the Hindalga Ganpati Temple on SH 20, Bachi Raichur highway, Belagavi. This stunning lake is part of a group of five interconnected lakes, each cascading into the other after the first one fills to the brim.
The origin of the name Hourgun/Argan Lake is shrouded in mystery. Some believe that it was named after an Hour Gun that was fired during British times to indicate the hour.
Others suggest that the lake was named Argan because the British used airguns to hunt ducks in the area. Despite conflicting accounts from different sources, one thing is certain: Hourgun/Argan Lake is a popular destination for leisurely strolls along its banks.
In 2019, the MLIRC took the initiative to rejuvenate the banks of the lake, making it an even more attractive spot for visitors. Whether you’re a history buff or simply looking for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, Hourgun/Argan Lake is definitely worth a visit.
Source Photo: Ebay Auctions – Text: Deccan Herald Water Heroes: Restoring Lakes to tackle drought
Original Photo: S. Mahadeo & Sons, Belgaum