Feb 28, 2011

Sri Kalakaleswara Temple, Gajendragad

I had stopped here on the way to Gajendragad Fort some time November 2010. Kalakaleswaragudi is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in a rock hill. The temple is about 4km from Gajendragad off Gajendragad-Nargund Road. The temple is a popular pilgrim center in Dharwad and Gadag districts.

The climb from the base of the hill to the temple is about 200 steps. About three-fourth way uphill, two 20 feet tall deepastambas stand. I guess these lamp-pillars are lit up during Sankranthi.

A Basavanna sits in a corner probably noticed only by little kids.

Unique feature of this temple is a waterfall. Water from a natural spring dives down from about 80 feet. Several plants have grown out the gaps in the rocks with aerial rots trying to reach down.

Water drips down two of the plant's roots and collects in a 8'x8' stone-walled tank.

The temple deity is enclosed by stone walls. The enclosure was crowded with just about 60 people. A board proclaimed 'No Photography'. I saw a Halegannada inscription here. The place is congested and I could barely get to see the deities. However I rang the bells, prayed and came out.

This hill range starts near Munvalli and passes through Saundatti, Nargund, Gajendragad and beyond.

In the picture above, you can catch a glimpse of Gajendragad Fort, built by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, sitting atop this hill. Some how this narration is half-hearted ...I hope these videos of Kalakaleswara Temple help. It's an interesting place, better seen when less crowded.

Kalakaleswara Temple Coordinates: 15°45'56"N 75°57'27"E



ಕನಸು ಕಂಗಳ ಹುಡುಗ said...

nine article and photo's. i hv saw dat place.. its near to gajendragada na?

Team G Square said...

Wow wonderful . Thanks for sharing .