Are You Ready To Visit These Amazing Places In Bagalkot For Your Travel Picks?
Bagalkot (Bagalakote), a district formed in 1997. As per the inscriptions, Bagalkot was earlier known as Bagadige. Bagalkot was the capital of the Chalukyan dynasty of South India under Pulakesi I, who conquered the district. Today, Bagalkot is a major centre of trade, commerce, education and industries. It’s the destination with many temples and Panka Masjid as a famous mosque here.
This place is located on the banks of Malaprabha River. Aihole is a trendy tourist spot in north Karnataka. Earlier, it was the capital of the Chalukyan dynasty, who have built more than 125 temples in various styles. Most of these temples were built between the 6th & 8th centuries and some even earlier. Aihole has its historical importance and is called as a cradle of Hindu rock architecture. Many temples and caves of historical importance can be found at Aihole.
Badami is located at a distance of 45 km from Aihole. It was the royal capital of the Chalukyan Empire from 540 to 757 AD. Badami was formerly called as Vatapi. Badami is noted for its rock-cut cave temples. The four cave temples stand for the secular nature of the rulers then, with tolerance and a religious following that inclines towards Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Cave 1 is devoted to Shiva, Caves 2 and three are dedicated to Vishnu, whereas Cave 4 displays dedicated of Jain Tirthankaras.
Banashankari is located at a place called Cholachagudd which is around 5 km from Badami. The temple here is dedicated to Goddess Banashankari also known as Shakambhari. Banashankari is one of the most ancient temples in Karnataka. The Haridra Theertha – a sacred pool in front of the temple. Best time to visit the Banashankari temple is in the month of January during Pushya mass.
Bilgi is a house of several monuments built in the Kalyana Chalukya style of architecture. Few worth visit places of Bilgi are Aretthina Bhavi – the beautiful stone well, Siddeshwara temple and Hazrat Hassan Dargah.
Kudala Sangama is about 40 km from Bagalkot. The famous rivers Krishna and Ghataprabha merge here and flow towards Srishaila of Andhra Pradesh. Kudala Sangama is one of the important pilgrim centres of Karnataka. The Aikya Mantapa of Basavanna, the philosopher and a social reformer along with Linga, which is believed to be self-born, is situated here.
Mahakuta is at a distance of 15 km from Badami. Legend has it that the sage Agastya lived at Mahakuta, on the banks of a tank by name Vishnu Pushkarini. It is the house of several temples built in early Chalukya period. The Mahakuteswara temple, set amidst a huge forest is the oldest temple of the early Chalukyan temples.
Mahalingapur is one of the important pilgrim centres for the Veerashaivas. Mahalingeshwara Math is one of the main attractions of Mahalingapur. Mahalingapur is a true spirit of communal harmony, where Muslims and Moharram procession attends the Hindu fair is inaugurated by the pontiff of the Math.
Mudhol is a picturesque town located at a distance of 50 km from Bagalkot on the banks of river Ghataprabha. Ranna, the great Kannada poet, was born in Mudhol in 949 CE. The main attractions Mudhol are Shiva and Kamaleshwar temples, the Mahavir Basadi, Bhramhagaddi Veershaiva Math and Syed Peer Dargah.
Pattadakal is at a distance of 22 km from Badami situated on the banks of the river Malaprabha. Pattadakal is renowned for the group of the 8th century CE monuments. Pattadakal is the capital of the Chalukya rulers who built the temples in the seventh and eighth centuries. Pattadakal is one of the important places to see that many temples of the early Chalukyan architecture.
Pattadkal is famous for Virupaksha temple, which was built by Queen Lokamahadevi. It is one of the most captivating temples in South Indian Style architecture and identical to Kailasanatha temple of Kanchi. And, apart from this, other temples that one can visit here are Sangameshvara Temple, Kashivisvanatha Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Galganatha Temple, Papanatha Temple, and Jain Temple.