Doddabasappa Temple

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Overview

The Doddabasappa Temple is located in the Dambal village in Gadag district, Karnataka. The Temple is of the Western Chalukya architectural style and has a star-shaped plan for the vimana with so many star points that it almost becomes circular in appearance.The Doddabasappa Temple is one of the major architectural monuments in Gadag district. The temple was built during the period of the Later Chalukyas – the Western or Kalyani Chalukya dynasty. Dambal used be a major center of Buddhism till the 12th century. There is Buddhist temple in Dambal that has an inscription dating back to the 10th century. Its original name was Dharmapura or Dharmavolal. Chalukya Vikramaditya’s  queen Lakashmidevi was ruling from this provincial capital. Apart from this, Dambal was also famous for Buddhisam and the cult of Tara Bhagavati.
 
The temple consists of a Garbhagriha. Antarala, a Navaranga  and two Mukhamandapas facing east and south. The Garbhagriha,Antarala and the frontal Navaranga are stellate or star-shaped from the basement itself. The star-shaped basement has mouldings parallel to each other and runs round. The same contour is continued on the walls of the structure over which are two eave like mouldings which also follow the same star shaped contour. Each right angle is divided into four 22.5 degrees angles. Then each angle is again divided and covered with intricate carvings.
 
The Doddabasappa temple is built in a unique style. It neither in the Nagara style nor does it confirm entirely to the Dravidian style. This temple, built on a raised platform has a unique shape. It is built in a 24 point stellate plan. It does not have the usual projections found in other star shaped temples. The absence of projections makes this temple appear almost circular in shape. This stellate shape starts from the base and continues up to the tower.
 
The main deity here is Lord Shiva in the form of a Shiva Linga. The interior of the temple is of conventional design with a sanctum and a mandapa with a passage connecting the two. The pillars of this temple are intricately carved. The molding above the entrance would have originally contained images of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma, the Trinity. This space is empty now. The temple is covered n elaborate carvings of creepers, dancers and musicians, and a Mithuna Couple. The entrance mandapa has three main figures – A five-headed Brahma on his Vahana, the Swan, and two figures of the Sun God Surya. The east facing door leads inside to an open hall with a large figure of Nandi, in front of the Shrine. The walls of this temple are interesting because of the decorative elements such as pilasters and turrets at regular intervals. The horizontal friezes at the basement and the vertical decorative elements of the walls make pleasing combination of a unique nature, and this temple is known for that. Further this star shape is continued in the Shikara in the form of receding tiers up to the top
 
Best Time to visit: Shivaratri.
 
Temple Timing: 7.00am to 12.00noon and 4.00pm to 7.30pm
 
How to Reach,
 
Road Way:  Gadag is well connected by road from all District headquarters of Karnataka. Upon reaching Gadag, one can take local transport or KSRTC Rural service to reach Dambal.
 
Nearest Railway Station: Gadag Jn
 
Neatest Airport: Hubliki Airstrip

Location

Country
India
State
Karnataka
City
Gadag
Location
Dambal
Address
Doddabasappa Temple Dambal, Mundargi, Gadag, Karnataka
Contact Info
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Dambal
Nearest Railway Station
Gadag Jn (GDG)
Nearest Airport
Hubliki Airstrip
ID
latitude : -3.732800000 longitude :139.285500000
Corporation : Hubliki
GPS Code :
Open Year
12th century
Architect
Chalukya architectural style
Dedicated To
Chalukya King
Visiting Hours
7.00am to 12.00noon and 4.00pm to 7.30pm

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  • Kasivisvesvara Temple or Kashivishvanatha Temple is located in Lakkundi, in Gadag District of Karnataka. Kashivishwanatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva built in 11th century A.D. The temple architectural achievements of the Western Chalukya Dynasty. They developed their own unique style which departed a little from the extant Dravidian style and incorporated ideas from contemporary North Indian Temple construction. 

  • The Nanneshwara Temple is located in Lakkundi village, Gadag district, Karnataka.The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a 11th century Later Chalukya construction. This temple looks like a simple and small. The Nanesvara temple follows the same basic plan as the Kasivisvesvara temple.

  • The Doddabasappa Temple is located in the Dambal village in Gadag district, Karnataka. The Temple is of the Western Chalukya architectural style and has a star-shaped plan for the vimana with so many star points that it almost becomes circular in appearance.The Doddabasappa Temple is one of the major architectural monuments in Gadag district. The temple was built during the period of the Later Chalukyas – the Western or Kalyani Chalukya dynasty

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