Kuruvathi (Kuruvathi Kuruvatti) is a village in Bellary district of Karnataka. It is located on the bank of Tungabhadra river. The earliest rulers, known from inscriptions, were the Chalukyas of Kalyana (Western Chalukya). All of the Chalukya inscription are from the reign of Vikramaditya VI. Few inscriptions are from the Gutta kings also ruled under as the subordinate of the Chalukyas.
Chalukyas who came back to power as the succeeding dynasty that ruled from Kalyani, could also boast of a great connoisseur of art and literature in Vikramaditya VI, a king who was as great a warrior as a connoisseur. The Kuruvatti temple is particularly noteworthy for its exquisite bracket figures, carved screens, polished pillars, and tiers of friezes showing rows of birds, animals, dwarfs and figures of musicians and dancers.
Mallikarjuna Temple at Kuruvatti is very famous. The Mallikarjuna Temple is a Late Chalukya temple from the late 10th Century. It consists of a sanctuary and a mandapa or hall with three porches and faces east. The sanctuary is roofed by a multi-storey square tower and has preserved the original kalasa, the pot finial. The outer walls have long wall panels decorated with miniature temple towers surrounded by makara, aquatic monsters, very elaboartely carved. The icons inside the three niches of the sanctuary are damaged.
Kuruvathi Basaveshwara Temple
Shri Kuruvathi Basaveshwara temple (ಕುರುವತ್ತಿ ಬಸವಣ್ಣ ದೇವಾಲಯ) at Kuruvathi is one of the ancient and historic temples at the extreme south-western corner of Hoovina Hadagali taluk, Bellary District, North Karnataka. This temple is on the bank of Tungabhadra river river, 10 km from Halavagalu and 2 km from Mylara and 36 km from Ranebennur and 326 km from Bangalore.