I was told about Kaaradgi by an aunt more than a year ago. Even after several rounds of research the exact location of the place remained unknown until the day I received Shivaleela's wedding invite. The wedding was planned at Kaaradgi Eranna temple and I was told how to reach; Dharwad-Shiggaon-Kaaradgi or Dharwad-Savanur-Kaaradgi.
December 9, 2012
Earlier during the day we had stopped at Adargunchi and Budarsinghi villages to see Doddappana Gudi and Hanuman temple. We reached Kaaradgi village by 10-30. On the village outskirts, right next to the road are these herostones.
Wedding rituals were over and the newly wedded couple were getting ready for the reception. We had to wait for some time until the couple were onstage. While we wait we could check out the open air museum - that's what we chose to call but in reality it is a place for visitors to sit. We could see people sitting, having lunch and one or two lying down. Obviously these are parts of the temple we saw earlier.
This video made by Malatesh shows the temple ruins better.
We head towards Savanur with two things on mind; show Baobab trees to Malatesh and buy Savanur khara. A street vendor at Savanur suggested Shivalal angadi. We navigated the narrow streets of Svanur and found it easily. There it is Shivalal Savanur Khara and Sweet Mart.
Kaaradgi Eranna temple coordinates: 15°2'37"N 75°18'15"E