Have You Been To These Places In Hubli-Dharwad?
From the glorious pages of history, Hubli-Dharwad referred as the twin cities with a single municipal corporation in Karnataka. Separated by the distance of 20kms, both the cities have different credentials where Hubli serves as the commercial hub, and Dharwad serves as the administrative centre. But, in the region of Karnataka, both the towns are major trading centres and industrial junctions of Bangalore.
Since 12th century AD, Dharwad has been an important learning centre for arts and literature and displays a vast plethora of culture from its times. And, here are some of the places to visit that signify a bygone era of Hubli-Dharwad.
The prized architectural monument built during the reign of the Chalukyas is a 900-year-old temple in Hubli-Dharwad. Dedicated to Chandramouleshwara, another name for the Hindu deity Shiva, the temple is carved and sculpted straight out of black granite. And, displays a beautiful architectural prowess of the Chalukya era artisans.
Nestled in the Unakal Hill, the Nrupatunga Hill is a small hillock and picnic spot in Hubli. The hillock serves as an excellent view point and a great escape zone from the bustle of the city area. The area is best visited between the months of October and January.
For the Jain community, Navagraha Teertha is one of the major pilgrim spots in India. The temple features a 61-foot tall idol of the Shri 1008 Bhagavan Parshvanath and the smaller statues of the other 8 Jain Tirthankaras. The statue is the tallest statue of the Jain deity in India and weighs 185 tons.
Built in the 13th century, the Chalukyas built the Banashankari Temple. This temple is also an excellent example of the Chalukya period art and stone sculpting province. It is a stone carved masterpiece dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple pillars are marvellously carved out of granite and are currently undergoing restoration.
Indira Gandhi Glass House Garden
The Indira Gandhi Glass House Garden is a municipality maintained landscaped garden that has a central glass house like building that resembles a similar building in Bangalore. The place is a popular venue for various socio-cultural activities like music concerts and exhibitions.
Unkal lake is spread over 200 acres and is one of a favourite picnic spot in Hubli-Dharwad. The lake can be used for boating and is harboured by a lush green garden that serves as a great recreational spot. Unkal lake is around 110 years old adorned with the statue of Swami Vivekananda placed in the centre of the lake.
Established by the followers of Sri Siddhoroodha Swami, this monastery was built after he took his ‘Samadhi’ in the year 1929. The math has seen notable visitors like Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Mahatma Gandhi. The Swami Sri Siddharoodha was a famous teacher of the ‘Advaita’ philosophy and is best visited during the car festival during the Hindu event ‘Mahashivaratri’.