Perhaps the earliest temples in the district are to be met with at Nonavinakere. Nonavinakere is an ancient village, its mane being derived from its large and highly useful tank originally known as Nonabanakere mentioned in an inscription18. The inscription is dated A.D. 1162. Perhaps to this early period also belong some of the five linga shrines situated in or near the place, namely, Nonabeshvara, Shanteshvara, Garigeshvara, Choleshvara and Kalleshvara. The association of the five Lingas together in worship and the architectural evidences point to the fact that at least some of these temples date back to the 10 century A. D. the more important temples of the place, for instance, Venugopala or gopala swami and Beteraya temples, however, belong to the Hoysala and Vijayanagara periods.