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Hooli - Temples & Temples

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Introduction

Hooli is a small village, about 10kms north-east of Saundatti, a major pilgrimage centre. The village is quite small, flanked by a small rising hill on the north and the Hooli lake on the east. The top of the hill has the small Hooli fort, while the rise of the hill has about 15 temples scattered throughout.

The Hooli village, along with the lake, temples and mobile towers ... ... as seen from the upper group of temples 
The major temple of Hooli - the Panchlingeshwar Temple - is maintained by the ASI, and has a small museum attached. The rest of the temples are at best partially dilapidated and are used by the locals as regular hang-outs. I've divided the temples as lower, middle and upper group according to their position on the rise of the hill for convenience.

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Getting In And Around

Hooli is located 10km north-east of Saundatti. The connecting road is not in the best of conditions and is serviced by local buses and tum-tums. Once in Hooli, the Panchlingeshwar …

Saundatti - Two Forts & A Temple

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Introduction

Saundatti is a small but significant town located in Northern Karnataka. The temple of Yellamma (Renuka) located on a hill nearby sees quite an influx of tourists/pilgrims and has been famously associated with the 'Devdasi' cult. Apart from that, Saundatti region houses the two forts of Saundatti and Parasgad of the Ratta dynasty, of which the town once served as a capital. The Renuka-Sagar Dam is located to the north of the town, across the Malprabha river, and is a beautiful place.

The Renuka-Sagar as seen from Saundatti Fort
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Getting There And About

Saundatti is best approached by road. Belgaum is 80km to the West and Dharwad is 40km to the South. Both cities have frequent bus connections to Saundatti.

Saundatti on the map - zoom in for Parasgad
The Saundatti fort is inside the limits of the main town and can be approached on foot. Yellamma Temple is about 5-6 km away, but share rickshaws are available for a princely sum of Rs. 10. Parasgad is located close…

A Chalukyan Wandering In Gadag

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Introduction

We sampled excellent specimens of the 'Gadag School Of Architecture' at Lakkundi. The capital of the Gadag district - Gadag city - also has a few artefacts from the same period. The monuments in Gadag city are located in well populated areas with narrow roads. We chose to walk; this would end up being a 3km route in the soft evening light.

The statue of Basaveshwara welcomes you to Gadag
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About Gadag

Gadag city is the headquarters for the Gadag district. The city is well connected by road to various parts of Karnataka, and is about an hour's drive from Hubli, a major commercial centre. Railways connect the city of Gadag to all major areas of the country. Considering the number of small tourist places that surround Gadag, the city could well be developed as a minor tourist hub.


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Trikuteshwara Temple Complex

This complex has the temples of Trikuteshwara and Gayatri which are actively worshiped. There are other minor shrines which are devoid of deities…