Sankighatta name comes from Settra + Ghatta = Settraghatta and now it is pronounced as Sankighatta. In Kannada language Settra (Settru) + Ghatta (Place) literal meaning is place of Settru.
Settru is historic Jain family name in Sankighatta, Historians refers Settru are the original clan of Hoysala who followed Jainism even after many Hoysala's were forcibly converted to Srivishanava by Ramanujacharya, Settru family members were the patrons of Jain temple in Sankighatta.
Historians refers Sankighatta was under the control of Settru Samantha Rajas of Hoysala Kings.
Settru's of Sankighatta also controlled surrounding by places like Kalya (Kalyana pura), Kunigal, Magadi, Savandurga, Hebbur, Mayasandra, Settikera. Kalya (Kalyana pura) near to Sankighatta was another Jain center with seventy five Jain temple, one of them was a wooden Jain temple and the place was destroyed in fire. Even now you can find stone inscriptions of Hoysala period and destroyed structures of Jain temple, Jain temple converted to other religious place. Also you will find Jain family in these areas.
Historic records says, One of the prominent member of the Settru family was a 15th century Kannada Jain poet Darmadikari Chikka Padmanna Settru has done Kannada Jain literature work like Ananthanata charita and Vajrakumara charita.
His family decedents, Settru family members still live in Sankighatta.
Sankighatta is a great historic Jain center/place in Karnataka. Dallina Vardaman Mahaveera Thirtankara Jain Basadi/temple is very ancient temple built by Hoisala King Narasima I (1141 AD –1173).
We can fine the historic Kannada stone inscription in Jain temple in Sankighatta.
This temple has the unique and beautiful golden colored metal idol of Bhagawan Mahaveera Thirtankar as the main deity. You will not find this kind of unique metal statue of Lord Mahaveer anywhere in the world. Devotees from different parts of India visit this place and offer special prayers. This is on the way to shravanabelagola from Bangalore (Bangalore Mangalore road, before Kunigal).
In 15th century a Jain poet by name Darmadikari Chikka Padmanna Settru has done Kannada Jain literature work like Ananthanata charita and Vajrakumara charita. His family descendants still lives in the same village, they are called Settru maneyavaru (Settru Family). Settru Family members are the patrons/Darmadikaris of this temple and had delivered the responsibility to taken care of the temple from the time it was built.Prominent members are Darmadikari Settru Vardamanaiah, Darmadikari Settru Jawallanaiah, Darmadikari Settru Adirajaiah and Darmadikari Settru Padmarajaiah was the last person to deliver the responsibility of the temple and he handed over the temple keys, roles and responsibility with a written document to Magadi taluk administrator (Tahsildar) around 1950.
Save Sankighatta Tank/kere.... Sankighatta has a very big tank/kere, which is also a catchments area of rainwater, which flows from famous Shivaganga hills.
It is very sad to know that the Sankighatta tank is 80% illegally encroached by many greedy people for farming. which has reduced the capacity of the tank. Local government officers or the people representative of the area has to take proper action to save the tank and work towards bring Hemavathi channel water to Sankighatta kere. People of to Sankighatta and surrounding villages have to come forward and pressure the responsible persons to take action.
Sankighatta is a natural habitat for Peacock and many species of Birds.