Bhatkal is a port town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. The Nawayath Muslim community comes from Bhatkal. The town lies on NH-17 running between Mumbai and Mangaluru. Bhatkal is one of the major stations along Konkan Railway line running between Mumbai and Mangalore.The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport. Distance from Bengaluru to Bhatkal, Karnataka is 523.2 km and takes around 9 h 2 min via NH48.
Chola invaded Bhatkal during 10th century. Solesvara Temple, believed to be the oldest temple, was built in memory of the conquest.
The Chandranatha temple at Bhatkal is another structure of this period. Actually it is known as Jettappa Nayakana Chandranathesvara basadi. It consists of two blocks of buildings joined together by intervening porch in east and west. The western portion has two storeys. The interior is plain. The eastern portion serves as a porch to the temple. The garbhagriha has the sculptures of Rishabhanatha, Chandranatha and Mallinatha.
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