Monday, October 31, 2016

Mahadeva Temple - Itagi

Where: Kuknoor/Kukanoor
How to reach: 7 kms left of
Kuknoor, 45kms from Gadag
Best time to visit: All the year round
Time visited: Nov 2016
Time to see around: 30 mins
Stay:  Gadag
Food: Gadag
Parking: Parking available outside premises.

Tour Plan
Day 1: Pune-Kittur-Varur-Annigeri-Gadag
Day 2: Gadag-Laxmeshwar-Gadag-Sudi-Gadag
Day 3: Gadag-Dambal-Lakkundi-Itagi-Bijapur
Day 4: Bijapur-Solapur


Day 3 - Gadag-Dambal-Lakkundi-Itagi-Bijapur
Gadag-Damabal (23 Kms) Damabal-Lakkundi (14 Kms) Lakkundi-Itagi ( 35 Kms) Itagi-Bijapur (191 Kms)

History as per Internet
East facing Mahadeva Temple was built in 1112 A.D by Mahadeva, a General of the Western Chalukya king Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI. Its extremely magnificent architectural style and decorative details. There is a pillared hall supported by 68 pillars, out of which 26 are large ones standing on the floor and forming the main support for the roof. The large columns are of different designs, but are arranged symmetrically with regard to the shape and pattern of each. 


Our last stop before Bijapur was Itagi. It was almost noon but the drive was pleasant. Google Maps showed us quite afew shortcuts through markets and narrow lanes and finally we reached the temple. It was well maintained and some renovation work was being carried out by ASI.


Backside view


The decorative border

The pillars




The 3D exquisite detailing

Detailing on door jamb


Detailing on Roof

Amazing Stepwell



Other smaller temples

We reached safely to Bijapur in the evening. We were hoping to do Almatti dam enroute but we were tired and we skipped that. The 4 lane highway was simply amazing except for the bumpy speed breakers near crossings!


Manikeswara Temple - Lakkundi

Where: Gadag
How to reach: 60 Kms from Hubli on Hospet Road
Best time to visit: All the year round
Time visited: Nov 2016
Time to see around: 20 mins
Stay:  Gadag
Food: Gadag
Parking: Parking available outside premises. Note- Very narrow road, avoid parking next to temple.

Tour Plan
Day 1: Pune-Kittur-Varur-Annigeri-Gadag
Day 2: Gadag-Laxmeshwar-Gadag-Sudi-Gadag
Day 3: Gadag-Dambal-Lakkundi-Itagi-Bijapur
Day 4: Bijapur-Solapur


Day 3 - Gadag-Dambal-Lakkundi-Itagi-Bijapur
Gadag-Damabal (23 Kms) Damabal-Lakkundi (14 Kms) Lakkundi-Itagi ( 35 Kms) Itagi-Bijapur (191 Kms)

History as per Internet

This is a trikuta Shiva temple. The common mandapa has a porch supported on four front pillars. The biigest attraction is a the pushkarni (tank), locally known as Muskin Bhavi. The stepwell actually begins beneath the temple and extends outward. There are several minor shrines within the steps. The stepwell is the among the best in India.


The temple



 Stepwell

 The stepwell was completely dry at the moment

 Almost 3 storied down


The stairs from side
 

Brahma Jinalaya - Lakkundi

Where: Lakkundi
How to reach: 12 Kms from Gadag
Best time to visit: All the year round
Time visited: Nov 2016
Time to see around: 0.5 hrs
Stay:  Gadag
Food: Gadag
Parking: Parking available outside premises

Tour Plan
Day 1: Pune-Kittur-Varur-Annigeri-Gadag 
Day 2: Gadag-Laxmeshwar-Gadag-Sudi-Gadag
Day 3: Gadag-Dambal-Lakkundi-Itagi-Bijapur
Day 4: Bijapur-Solapur

Day 3: Gadag-Dambal-Lakkundi-Itagi-Bijapur
Gadag-Damabal (23 Kms) Damabal-Lakkundi (14 Kms) Lakkundi-Itagi ( 35 Kms) Itagi-Bijapur (191 Kms)



History as per Internet
The village is referred as Lokki-gundi in its inscriptions. It is said to be a maha-agrahara settlement consisting one thousand mahajanas. As per inscriptions, this agrahara was established by Rama during Ramayana period. Lakkundi was an ancient Agrahara and a great centre of educational and religious activities, particularly during the rule of the Chalukyas of Kalyana. The earliest inscription found here suggest influence of Jainism in this area during those times. Lakkundi has a royal-mint as evident from its inscription. A part of earnings from the mint was donated to the temples here. It is said that Attimabbe who was a patron of the famous Kannada poet Ranna had built many Jaina temples at Lakkundi of which Brahma Jinalaya is well known. 

Brahma-Jinalaya is east facing temple is the oldest Jain temple at Lakkundi. The temple consists of a garbha-grha, antarala, nava-ranga, an open mandapa and mukha-mandapa. Balustrade entrance flanked the mukha-mandapa. The open mandapa is supported on twenty-eight pillars. As observed in other Western Chalukya period temples, we do not find slanted-backrest seating like arrangement in this open mandapa. Navaranga has four pillars in center to support the ceiling above the central stage.


History as per Lakkundi Museum




The front side


The beautiful and highly decorated door jamb

The center piece of door jamb

The bottom part


Garbhagriha


The door jamb carvings

The exquisite sculptures, on left is Yakshi Padmavati and on right is Brahma with four heads and four hands. Because of this idol, the temple is called as Brahma-Jinalaya.  
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The garbhagraha has standing Bhagwan Mahavira idol.

Carvings on the pillar base


Outside the second temple



Kashi Vishvanatha Temple - Lakkundi

Where: Lakkundi
How to reach: 12 Kms from Gadag
Best time to visit: All the year round
Time visited: Nov 2016
Time to see around: 0.5 hrs
Stay:  Gadag
Food: Gadag
Parking: Parking available outside premises

Tour Plan
Day 1: Pune-Kittur-Varur-Annigeri-Gadag 
Day 2: Gadag-Laxmeshwar-Gadag-Sudi-Gadag
Day 3: Gadag-Dambal-Lakkundi-Itagi-Bijapur
Day 4: Bijapur-Solapur

Day 3: Gadag-Dambal-Lakkundi-Itagi-Bijapur
Gadag-Damabal (23 Kms) Damabal-Lakkundi (14 Kms) Lakkundi-Itagi ( 35 Kms) Itagi-Bijapur (191 Kms)

History (Lakkundi Museum)


Two twin temples share a single platform, one dedicated to Lord Shiva and the other to Surya joined by a mandapa which at some point of time was covered with a roof above it. Entrance to the mandapa is provided on its east and south.



The Nanneshvara Temple temple seen in backdrop


Scenes from Ramayana can be seen like Hanuman lifting the Sanjivani mountain and panel on right shows the RamaSetu construction. 


Carvings on the top rail




The outer walls of the temple has scenes from Mahabharata and Ramayana.







The doorjambs and lintels have exquisite carvings on them with the southern entrance having 9 rows of carvings, each a separate story in itself. 







Inside is as beautifully sculpted as outside