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Gadag Betageri is a town and a city municipal council in Gadag district in the state of Karnataka.

Gadag and its sister city Betageri (or Betgeri) muncipality is situated 80 km from Dharward. It is an important centre of Kalyana Chalukya art as seen at the large Trikuteshwara temple. It was later expanded by Kalyana Chalukyas into a vast complex. The complex has triple shrines, once housing Shiva, Brahma and Surya. The Saraswathi temple has the finest shining decorative pillars, and the Saraswathi image, and is one of the largest examples of Chalukyan art. Someshwara and Rameshwara temples, built in the Chalukyan style, are also present. It also has the Veeranarayana temple dating from the Chalukyan era. The great Kannada poet Kumara Vyasa composed his famous Mahabharatha (known as Kumaravyasa Bharata) in this temple. Gadag also has a mosque dating from the Adilshahi era and a church. Betageri has many artistic hero stones dating from the 9th and 10th centuries.



Gadag immediately brings to mind the name of Naranappa, popularly known as Kumara Vyasa, the author of Karnataka Bharata Kathamanjari. It is the classic Mahabharata in Kannada. Naranappa was born in the nearby village of Koliwada. He composed his work sitting before Lord Veera Narayana, his chosen deity. The temples of Veera Narayana and Trikuteshwara are places of religious and historic importance. The blind singer Ganayogi Panchakshari Gawayi hailed from Gadag. His music school (Veereshwara Punyashrama) is famous. The Tontadarya Matha and Shivanada Matha of the Veerashaiva sect of Hinduism is engaged in many educational and literary activities in and around Gadag.

Gadag
LocationGadag District, Karnataka
Best time to visitJanuary to February
Places to visitTrikuteshwara Saraswati temple, Trikuteshwara temple complex, Someshwara and Rameshwara temples, Veeranarayana temple, A 111-foot statue of Basaveshwara at the Bhishma Lake, mosque dating from the Adilshahi era and a church, Lakkundi, Mahadeva Temple (Itagi), Lakshmeshwar and Dambal, Magadi Bird Sanctuary, Binkadakatti Zoo

There is a saying that if you throw a stone in Gadag it would either land at a printing press or on a handloom. Gadag also known for the cold drinks shops serving variety of fresh, pure and safe sodas (Carbonated Soft Drinks) and other cold drinks.

State Protected Monuments in Gadag
State Protected Monuments officially reported by Archeological Survey of India in Gadag, Karnataka is listed below

State Protected Monuments in Gadag
  • Black stone temples of Sri Isvaradeva and Jotilingadev with inscriptions
  • Isvara temple with inscriptions
  • Temple of Somappa and Hanuman with inscriptions
  • Temple of Veerabhadra with Inscriptions
  • Bharatesvar temple with Inscriptions
  • Hanumanta temple
  • Temples of Venkatesh Dandesvar
  • Ramesvar temple cave
  • Temples of Gramadevata, Maruti, Mosques
  • Inscriptions in temple of Madesh Linga
  • Temples of Kalmesvar and Siddevar with Inscriptions
  • Maruti temple with well preserved inscriptions
  • Inscriptions in Brahmadev temple
  • Temple of Paramesvaradev and Ramesvar dev
  • Somappa temple
  • Temple of Gavaresvar Keri Basappa, Shankarlinga, Virupaksha and inscriptions
  • Temples of Gramadevate, Hanuman, Makhan Gadag
  • Temples of Somesvaradev, Lakshmilinga and Kodiyellamma, Sankabasti and Halabasti (Jain), Kali Masjid
  • Mahabalesvar temple with inscriptions
  • Gadag Fort, Temples of Shankarling, Mahabalesvar, Venkatesh
  • Narayana temple
  • Dronacharya temple
  • Temples of Brahmadev and Narayanadev
  • Gadag Palace
  • Shaivite temple of Isvar Malesvar and Veerabhadra
  • 3 temples of Basavanna with inscription
  • Kariyammadevi temple Gramadevate
  • Gadag Jain statute
  • Brameshwara temple
  • Esvara temple
  • Veeranarayandevara Gudi Gadag
  • Halalamma temple Srimantha Feda Fort

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Temples in Gadag

Amruteshwara Temple is situated in Annigeri town, Navalgund Taluq of Dharwad district in Karnataka. It is 25 km from Gadag. The main deity in this temple is Lord Shiva. Brahma Jinalaya is located in Lakkundi village in Gadag district, Karnataka. Doddabasappa Temple is located in the Dambal village in Gadag district, Karnataka. Kalakeshwara Temple is situated at Gajendragarh and the principal deity worshipped here is Lord Shiva. Kasivisvesvara Temple is located in Lakkundi in Gadag district, Karnataka. Mahadeva Temple was built along the plans of the Amruteshwara Temple constructed at Annigeri. It is located in Itagi, Koppal district of Karnataka. Nanneshwara Temple is located in Lakkundi village, Gadag district, Karnataka. Navalinga Temple is located in Kuknur, Koppal district of Karnataka, is popular for its temples constructed by Chalukyas and Ratrakutas. The most famous temple among them is the Navalinga Temple. Someshwara temple - The beautiful temple of Someshwara lies in the Lakshmeshwara temple which falls under the Gadag district of Karnataka. Lakshmeshwara is an agricultural town. The town has the beautiful Someswhara temple. Trikuteshwara Temple is located in Gadag in the Gadag District of Karnataka that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Veeranarayana Temple is located in Gadag town, Gadag district of Karnataka. Venkateshwara Temple is located in the Ramenahalli Taluk which lies in the district of Gadag.