The dam is the native source of water of hirur and chitradurga. It irrigates more than 100 sq km of water through canals. The dam was started by regent Queen, the widow of maharaja chamaraja wodeyar. She is known for her social work. Mysore had to swear the royal jewellery due to lack of funds for the construction of the royals of the dam, which wad named vanivilas sagar. Vanivilas is the youngest daughter of maharaja of Mysore. This is one of the tourist attractions.