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Lakkundi

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LAKKUNDI

The Chalukyas who wrested power from the Rashtrakutas (9th-10th centuries), made Kalyani their capital. Nothing remains of this city now. Most of the later Chalukya temples are preserved in Lakkundi, 20 km from gadag in the east. It is 24 km from Dambai and around 50 km from Kukkanur. There are more than 15 Hindu and Jain temples and this was a prominent city a thousand years back. All the temples are made of green slate stone and the outer walls and entrances are very richly decorated. The shikara is an in-between type and the parapet and the decorative division of the wall with pillars is typical south style.

BRAHMA-JINALAYA BASTI(11th C/ Jain)

This is the oldest and biggest temple in Lakkundi. This is a Jain temple. There are three other Jain temples that show that the later Chalukyas were religiously tolerant. It is a shrine+mandapa style with deep beams on the mandapa from where the sloped root is suspended. It resembles the Mooda-bidri Jain temples.



KASHIVISHWANATHA TEMPLE (12TH C/ Hindu)

Kashiviswanatha temple is the most carefully built temple in Lakkundi. Shiva is defined here. There is a unique feature here. A small surya shrine faces the big shrine on the west. There is a common platform between both which must have been an open mandapa originally. Hence the Kashiviswanatha temple has its entrance on the east side and south side of the mandapa. The entrance doorway and the towers have a lot of sculptures closely engraved. The shikara is the north style. A lathe must have been used to make the complex circular pillars.

MANIKESHVARA TEMPLE AND STEPPED TANK (Hindu)

There is a impressive stepped tank of the Chalukya dynasty near the temple. The steps are on three sides of the tank and on both sides of the tanks here are some small temples. The approach to the mandapa of these temples forms a bridge on the fourth side of tank.

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