Kan: ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗ śivamogga
‘Shiva Lane’ [Shimoga] City/District, Karnataka
From Kan: mukku/mogge, ‘lane’ [Tam: mukku, ‘lane’, ‘corner’, ‘junction’].
There are no shortage of alternatives, many of which have myths to accompany them:
Shiva-Mukha [Skt/Kan: mukha/moga, ‘face’]; or Shivana-Moogu [Kan: mūgu, mū, ‘nose (of Shiva)]; or Shiva-mokku [Kan: mokku/moggu, ‘flower (offering)’].
Shivamogga is commonly called the ‘Gaterway to Malnad’, the hilly region of Karnataka.
The local economy consists of diversified agriculture including spices; iron; texiles; and engineering.