Kuruvathi Basaveshwara Temple
Shri Kuruvathi Basaveshwara temple is an ancient historical temple located in Huvina Hadagali taluk, Bellary District, North Karnataka. Kuruvathi Basaveshwara temple is located on the bank of Tungabhadra river river and 10 km from Halavagalu and 2 km from Mylara and 36 km from Ranebennur and 326 km from Bangalore.
Shri Kuruvathi Basaveshwara Swamy Temple is around 600 years old built in accordance to Vijayanagara architecture during the period (1336-1565).
Lord Nandi also known as Basaveshwara or Basavanna is believed by followers to be a very merciful, being the fulfiller of every wish made to him by the devotees. He provides the blessing to the people by healing the wounds of their life. Lord Nandi is worshiped here as main deity. In Kuruvathi Lord Basaveshwara is of 10 feet in length and 9 feet in height. Here Lord Basaveshwara fulfills the request of the devotees and bless them and their families if one offers Prayer to him from Bhakti.
This shrine consist of a Garbhagriha, Sukanasi, a Navaranga connecting the sanctum and outer Mandapa and a Rangamantapa. The Mandapa are built on square or polygonal plinths with carved friezes that are four to five feet height and have ornate stepped entrances on all four sides with miniature elephants or with beast. The Mandapas are supported by ornate pillars.
Kuruvathi is also known as Dakshina Kashi / Varanasi, as the Tungabhadra river flows from East to West direction, because in Kashi / Varanasi also the Ganges river flows from East to West direction. The Holy mantra chanted here is "Jaya Namaha Pravathi Patheye Hara Hara Maha Deva" , "Om Namaha Shivaya" and "Om Shri Kuruvathi Basaveshwaraya Namaha".
Shri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is around 900 years old built in Western Chalukya architecture also known as Kalyani Chalukya.
Kalyani Chalukya or Later Chalukya architecture is the distinctive style of ornamented architecture that evolved during the rule of the Western Chalukya Empire in the Tungabhadra region of central Karnataka, India, during the 11th and 12th centuries.Chalukyan temples fall into two categories - the first being temples with a common mantapa (a colonnaded hall) and two shrines (known as dvi kuta), and the second being temples with one mantapa and a single shrine (eka kuta).Since the contribution of Kalyani Chalukya had very great prominence during his reign of Chalukya dynasty, that the Lord Shri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is now under the protection of Archeological Department.
Lord Shiva who killed the deamons at this place and revealed himself in a form of Lingam and is known as Shri Mallikarjuna Swamy. This shrine belongs to Eka kuta category which consist of a Mahamantapa , 3 Navaranga connecting the sanctum and outer Mandapa and a Rangamantapa, 3 Dwaar and a Garbhagriha. These 3 Navaranga has Mahamantapas that are fabulous and spectacularly incarnated by Kalyani Chalukya and these inturn leads us to Sukanasi. This Sukanasi finally leads us to Garbhagriha where Lord Shiva resides. This Shiva Lingam is of 4 feet height.
The Rangamantapa has 12 pillars which are in triangular form in all 3 direction and is of 8 feet height with the width of 4 feet each, where we can find Lord Ganesha who is of 5 feet in height and Lord Subramanya, Karnataka along with Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy. The ornate pillars that support the roof of the mandapa are monolithic shafts from the base up to the neck of the capital.
There are 3 Entrance for this temple. Each of these Dwaars are beautifully incarnated with the traditional design that influences the Western Chalukya architecture. The Goddess Shri Bhuvaneshwari's idol is beautifully incarnated on the Main Dwaar of the temple.
How to reach Kuruvathi Basaveshwara Temple
The nearest airport is located at Hubli, and the nearest railway station is present in Dharwad. There are no direct buses to Kuruvathi, even though buses ply to nearby points like Ranebennur, Mylara, and Neelgunda etc. From there, you can get another bus to Kuruvathi, or an auto-rickshaw.