Araga lies 9 KM north of Thirthahalli. In 14th century, Araga was the capital of a province of Vijayanagar empire, after Hoysala kingdom lost power. It was once the capital of a Jain kingdom ruled by King Shanthara. Humcha or Hombuja, which is 30 Km North from Thirthalli was the native place of the Shanthara kings. Hombuja has lots of artistic Jain basadis (Jain temples) and a Jain math (Jain monastery) with a beautiful big lake.