Kaitabheshwara Temple, Kubatturu Village, Kotipura, Soraba Taluka, Shimoga District, Karnataka

Kotipura referred to as Devasthanada-hakkalu in the historical records and as Kuntalapura or Kuntalanagara, capital of Maharaja Chandrahasa of the Mahabharat boasts of the ancient Kaitabheshwara Temple. As the name suggests, the Shiva Linga was consecrated in the Krita Yuga by Madhu and Kaitabha who were killed by Lord Vishnu after a gruelling battle that went... Continue Reading →

Harihareshwara Temple, Harihar, Davanagere District, Karnataka

Harihar situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River is often referred to as Guharanya Kshetra or Dakshina Kashi and has been revered for its religious and spiritual potency by yogis, tapasvis, saints and jnanis. Legend has it, Guhasura performed tapas (severe austerities and penance) by the Tungabhadra for years.   Lord Brahma became pleased with him and granted him... Continue Reading →

Purada Siddeshwara Temple, Haveri, Karnataka

One of the finest examples of the Rashtrakutas, Kalyani Chalukyas (Western Chalukyas) and the Marathas is the Purada Siddeshwara Temple in the ancient town of Haveri. This place of great antiquity has been mentioned in the Mahabharat and is revered for its spiritual and religious potency.   Also known as Siddeshwara Temple, this west-facing temple is... Continue Reading →

Sri Halagundi Basaveshwara Temple, Lakkundi Village, Gadag District, Karnataka

Lakkundi is a treasure trove of edifices built by the mighty Kalyani Chalukyas (Western Chalukyas), the Hoysalas, the Seunas (Yadavas of Devagiri) and the Vijayanagara Empire. Though a sizeable portion of the temples constructed over centuries were looted, desecrated and flattened to the ground, the temples that managed to survive the savagery exude grandeur, charm... Continue Reading →

Kumbareshwara Temple, Lakkundi Village, Gadag District, Karnataka

One of the lesser-known architectural masterpieces of Lakkundi is the Kumbareshwara Temple built in the 11th - 12th century. This edifice is yet another excellent example of the famed Lakkundi school of architecture favoured by the Kalyani Chalukyas.   The temple is designed as a trikutachala (temple with three sanctums) with a shared mandapa and ranga mandapa. Interestingly,... Continue Reading →

Suryanarayana Temple, Lakkundi Village, Gadag District, Karnataka

Lakkundi, a treasure trove of ingenious stepwells, temples, halls, dharmashalas and palatial quarters built by the Kalyani Chalukyas (Western Chalukyas), the Hoysalas, the Seunas (Yadavas of Devagiri) and the Vijayanagara Empire is renowned for its unique architectural style. The Lakkundi school of architecture is perhaps the finest illustration of an artistic harmony of architectural styles... Continue Reading →

Kashi Vishweshwara Temple, Lakkundi Village, Gadag District, Karnataka

Lakkundi, famous for the splendid edifices of the Kalyani Chalukyas (Western Chalukyas) is revered for its spiritual potency and finds mention in both the Ramayana and Mahabharat. This remote village in Gadag district has the best illustration of the unique Lakkundi school of architecture (also known as Western Chalukya style of architecture) shaped by the Kalyani Chalukyas in... Continue Reading →

Muskin Bhavi, Lakkundi Village, Gadag District, Karnataka

The remote village of Lakkundi, previously known as Lokkigundi is a treasure trove of stunning temples, stepwells, palatial quarters and dharmashalas that showcase the architectural prowess of the Kalyani Chalukyas (Western Chalukyas), the Hoysalas, the Seunas (Yadavas of Devagiri) and the Vijayanagara Empire. This historical site has rare inscriptions in Kannada and Sanskrit that date... Continue Reading →

Anjaneya Temple, Srirangapatna, Mandya District, Karnataka

Srirangapatna, a brilliant example of the rich heritage of the Western Ganga dynasty, the Hoysala Empire and Vijayanagara Empire unfortunately became the capital of the most ruthless Muslim ruler to have ruled over the Kingdom of Mysore, Tipu Sultan. His rabid outpourings, radical fanaticism, religious intolerance, contempt and disdain for Hindus and tribals are legendary... Continue Reading →

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