Kalleshvara temple

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Overview

The Kalleshvara temple  located in the   town of Bagali, Harapanahalli taluk of Davangere district, Karnataka.  This temple was built during  the 9th century AD, by the Rashtrakutas which later underwent modifications under the reign of Chalukyas and the Hoysalas. There are 62 erotic sculptures on the outer wall of the temple and thus referred to as Karnataka's Khajuraho. 
 
 Bagali is referred to as Baguli and was one of the capitals during the  rule of Hoysala King Ballala II. There are very few temples in India where the Rathi - Manmatha, goddess and god of love are carved as Dwarapalakas. Here one can see the beautifully carved images of them guarding the temple.
 
The temple's construction history is related to the many theories. Based on the art historian Ajay Sinha,  Bhimesvara-Demesvara, an  old Kannada inscription,  gives information about the genealogy of the Chalukya dynasty and refers to Vikramaditya VI as a kumara (prince).  In  another old Kannada inscription, from the rule of Vikramaditya VI,  gives the information about the consecration of the temple by Udayaditya under the orders of Demarasa.  The temple is protected as a monument of national importance by the Archaeological Survey of India. 
 
The temple has two shrines, each with a  sanctum  and a vestibule  that connects to a common four pillared closed hall.  In the original plan,  a large main hall existed, connecting the closed hall to the outside of the temple, form the southern direction. Outside the main temple complex, an open hall  containing a sculpture of Nandi.  Outside the main temple complex, an  open Sabha mantapa or Natya mantapa of the temple has 59 exquisitely carved pillars and none are similar. The four central pillars are the most beautiful with the detailing on them being parallel to none. While the ceilings of the mantapa are beautifully carved, the door-jambs are very skillfully executed and go on to serve as the perfect examples of Chalukyan architecture. Lord Shiva in the form of a big Linga is worshiped here even today. Many small shrines  dedicated to various gods are present around this temple. While major portion of the temple exteriors remain simple, the upper portion is adorned with reliefs of erotica. Though the erotic carvings beat that of Khajuraho in number, they are far from being as perfect. With 62 carvings, it stands proudly as one housing the largest collection of erotica images. The prototypes of these images were taken to Paris for further examination as  a part of study and are now a part of the Paris Museum.
 
Temple Timings : 7:00 to 11:30 and 4:00 to 7:30 
 
How to Reach,
 
Roadway :  Davanagere is linked with Pune, Bangalore, Shimoga and Hospet by road.
 
Nearest Railway Station :  Davanagere City Railway Station
 
Nearest Airport :  Hubli and the nearest International airport is at Bangalore.

Location

Country
India
State
Karnataka
City
Davangere
Location
Harapanahalli
Address
Kalleshvara temple, Bagali, Harapanahalli taluk Davangere district, Karnataka.
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Kalleshvara temple, Bagali
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Hubliki Airstrip
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latitude : -3.732800000 longitude :139.285500000
Corporation : Hubliki
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Open Year
9th century AD
Architect
Chalukya architecture
Visiting Hours
7:00 to 11:30 and 4:00 to 7:30

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