Monday, October 31, 2016

Temples of Dambal

Where: Dambal, 23 Kms from Gadag
How to reach: Gadag- Mundargi Road
Best time to visit: All the year round
Time visited: Nov 2016
Time to see around: 1 hour
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)



Dodda-Basappa Temple


History as per Internet
This is a east facing temple is famous for its circular vimana which not only has the stellar base buts its shikhara (tower) is in continuation with the original base stellar design. The star-points of this stellar plan are located to close that it gives an impression of a circular structure. The temple consists a garbha-griha, antarala and a mandapa. The mandapa has two openings, one on south and one on the east. 


After a hearty breakfast, we checked out of Clarks inn. We porceeded to our first stop - Dambal. The drive was beautiful. The road has huge windmills on both the sides.



Dambal is a small village around 23 kms from Gadag. Just 3 Kms before Damabal Village begins lies the Dodda-Basappa Temple. 




Its very well maintained by ASI with lush green lawns in front.



The pillars are are decorative. 
A attractive elephant border on the side




Sculptures on the walls



Decorative door jamb and 
carvings above the main temple door.


Carvings on door jamb


Bottom part of decorative door jamb


After seeing this beautiful temple we proceed to somweshawr temple which is just opposite of Dodda-Basappa temple.



Someshwar Temple

History as per Internet
A 1,000-year-old Chalukyan shrine, has a mandapa, antarala and garbha-griha. The mandapa has entrance on its three sides. Antarala doorway has pierced stone jail at the doorjambs, the feature mostly seen in the Chalukyan temples. Its architecture and style influenced few scholars to suggest that it was a Jain basti originally.



Jappadbavi

History as per Internet
This is a recently discovered the temple well. The myth prevails that 21 saints meditated and slvated at this well.

The next stop was Jappadbavi. This was near the dambal village amidst farms. You have park your vehicle and walk down a narrow muddy trail for about 1 kms.



Its large squarish tank around 3-4 feet above ground level. 





The next stop was the most awaited stop - Lakkundi.


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