AND IMPORTANT cotton collection centre, the sleepy little town of Gadag comes to life during the cotton season in May and June. During these months, the cotton market hums with activity and is well worth a visit.

A number of late Chalukyan monuments (11th-12th centuries) in the city indicate its historic past. Standing to the south is the Trikuteshvara Temple, remarkable for its three sanctuaries facing a common, partly open hall. Inclined slabs that serve as balcony seats are decorated with figurative panels, and are overhung by steeply angled eaves. Inside the hall, the columns have figures arranged in shallow niches. The east sanctuary accommodates three lingas, while the one to the south is dedicated to the goddess Saraswati.

In the middle of the city stands the Someshvara Temple. Though abandoned and now in a dilapidated skate , its intricate carvings are fairly

ENVIRONS: The small village of Iakkundi, 11 kern (7 miles) east of Gadag, has temples dating from the llth-12th centuries, built of grey-green chloritic schist. Surrounded by mud houses, a number of such temples are tucked away down narrow streets. Jain Basti, the largest temple, has a fivestoreyed tower. Its basement is adorned with friezes of elephants and lotus petals. Lathe-turned columns are seen in the entrance porch. The nearby Kashi Vishvanatha Temple has a pair of sanctuaries facing each other across a common porch. Relief carvings of a pair of enakaras or aquatic monsters, sitting on the walls, are typical motifs of late Chalukyan art.

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