It is believed that different essences and perfumes were filled in the smaller ponds for the royals to soak in, followed by plain water in the bigger ponds for them to enjoy bathing together. In the present time, the ponds get filled up during peak monsoon and the entire place wears a carpet of green. Come summer, the place turns brown & dry.
The ponds have all been built in granite and some of them are interlinked through ducts as well. Nothing remains of the superstructure except for a few pillars.
The present-day Nagara town was the capital of Keladi Nayakas around 1640 AD. This place named Devaganga is located in Basavana Byaane, a suburb of Nagara, and it has links with the Nayaka period.