Mahadeva Temple - Itagi

Where: Kuknoor/Kukanoor
How to reach: 7 kms left of
Kuknoor, 45kms from Gadag
Best time to visit: All the year round
Time visited: Nov 2016
Time to see around: 30 mins
Stay:  Gadag
Food: Gadag
Parking: Parking available outside premises.

Tour Plan
Day 1: Pune-Kittur-Varur-Annigeri-Gadag
Day 2: Gadag-Laxmeshwar-Gadag-Sudi-Gadag
Day 3: Gadag-Dambal-Lakkundi-Itagi-Bijapur
Day 4: Bijapur-Solapur

Day 3 - Gadag-Dambal-Lakkundi-Itagi-Bijapur
Gadag-Damabal (23 Kms) Damabal-Lakkundi (14 Kms) Lakkundi-Itagi ( 35 Kms) Itagi-Bijapur (191 Kms)

History as per Internet
East facing Mahadeva Temple was built in 1112 A.D by Mahadeva, a General of the Western Chalukya king Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI. Its extremely magnificent architectural style and decorative details. There is a pillared hall supported by 68 pillars, out of which 26 are large ones standing on the floor and forming the main support for the roof. The large columns are of different designs, but are arranged symmetrically with regard to the shape and pattern of each. 

Our last stop before Bijapur was Itagi. It was almost noon but the drive was pleasant. Google Maps showed us quite afew shortcuts through markets and narrow lanes and finally we reached the temple. It was well maintained and some renovation work was being carried out by ASI.

Backside view

The decorative border

The pillars

The 3D exquisite detailing

Detailing on door jamb

Detailing on Roof

Amazing Stepwell

Other smaller temples

We reached safely to Bijapur in the evening. We were hoping to do Almatti dam enroute but we were tired and we skipped that. The 4 lane highway was simply amazing except for the bumpy speed breakers near crossings!