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Gadag District

Gadag District


Gadag is a city in Karnataka state in India. It is the administrative headquarters of Gadag District. Gadag and its sister city Betageri (or Betgeri) have a combined city administration, and the municipality of Gadag-Betageri has a population of 154,849, and an area of 54.56 km2.The district is bounded by six districts namely Dharwad on West, Belgaum on the NorthWest, Bagalkot on the North,Koppal on the East, Bellary on the South East and Haveri on the SouthWest. MalaPrabha River in the North and Tungabhadra in the South form the natural boundaries

Gadag immediately brings to mind the name of Naranappa, popularly known as Kumara Vyasa, the author of Karnata Bharata Kathamanjari. It is the classic Mahabharata in Kannada. Naranappa was born in the nearby village of Koliwada. He composed his work sitting before Lord Veera Narayana, his chosen deity. The temples of Veera Narayana and Trikuteshwara are places of religious and historic importance. The blind singer Ganayogi Panchakshari Gawayi belonged to Gadag. His music school (Veereshwara Punyashrama) is famous. The Tontadarya Matha of the Veerashaiva sect of Hinduism is engaged in many educational and literary activities in and around Gadag.

Gadag District had a population of 971,952 of which 35.21% was urban as of 2001.Population increased 13.14% in the decade 1991-2001. The District is bounded on the north by Bagalkot District, on the east by Koppal District, on the southeast by Bellary District, on the southwest by Haveri District, on the west by Dharwad District, and on the northwest by Belgaum District. Gadag District was formed in 1997, when it was split from Dharwad District.

Gadag district has five taluks namely Gadag-Betgeri, Ron (city), Shirhatti, Nargund and Mundargi.Gadag District is also known for Wind Power Generation. Many big companies have started generating power using the Wind Power in various places of Gadag.

Location info:

Around 480 km from Bangalore, 56 km from Hubli, 243 km from Karwar, 80 km from Dharwad

Climate/Weather of Gadag District:

The climate of the district is semiarid. The annual rainfall varies from 350 mm to 550 mm which is usually erratic, thus making agriculture highly unpredictable. Besides, the droughts are very common. The district faces agricultural drought with the probability of more than 70 percent of the years.

The temperature varies from 410 celcius during summer and night temperature are as low as 140 celcius during January. The months of June-October are very windy with a speed of 30 kms/hour.

The rainfall occurs primarily from the southwest monsoon in Gadag and Shirahatti talukas and from the retreating monsoon in Mundargi, Ron and Naragund talukas. The influence of cyclonic depressions in the bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea is not felt in the district.

History of Gadag District:


Educational Institutions of Gadag District:

  • Sri D. G Melmalagi Ayurvedic Medical
  • Sri S. B. Siddalinga Shivacharya Swamiji
  • Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain Ayurvedic College
  • Rajiv Gandhi Ayurvedic Medical College
  • Tontadarya College Of Engineering
  • R. T. E Societys Rural Engineering College
  • Sri Fakeereshwara T T I
  • K V V Jagadgurupanchacharya College
  • Stskk Polytechnic,gadag
  • Csi Polytechnic
  • Sri Jagadguru Thontadharya Iti
  • Sanjay Rural Education Institute Iti
  • Vds Pu College For Girls
  • Sjt Comp Pu College
  • Muncipal Pu College
  • Annadaneshwar A& S College
  • Govt Pu College For Boys
  • Ja Comp Pu College
  • Govt Pu College, Ron
  • Municipal Arts College
  • S V Comp Pu College
  • Fm Dabali Comp Pu College
  • S. J. F. C Tti, Shirhatti
  • Rural Engg College,hulkoti


The prominent language spoken is English,Kannada,Hindi. Other languages like Marathi, Urdu,Telugu and Gujarati are also spoken by small portion of population.

Culture of Gadag District:


How to reach Gadag District?

Nearest Railway Station:Gadag is connected by railway lines with almost all the important places in South India.

Trains and Railway Stations

  • Balganur Railway Station
  • Hole Alur Railway Station
  • Kanginhal Railway Station
  • Gadag Junction Railway Station
  • Hombal Railway Station
  • Mallapur Railway Station
  • Harlapur Railway Station
  • Hulkoti Railway Station
  • Somankatti Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Hubli Airport
Road Transport:Around 480 km from Bangalore, 56 km from Hubli, 243 km from Karwar, 80 km from Dharwad

Bangalore - Tumkur - Chitradurga - Gadag
Bangalore - Tumkur - Chitradurga - Hospet - Koppal - Gadag

Bus Stations

  • Gadag Bus Station
  • Gajendragarh Bus Station
  • Lakshmeshwar Bus Station

Tourist Attraction

Veeranarayana Temple:The legend goes to say that Naranappa better known as Kumaravyasa narrated the great epic before the lord by invoking the blessings of the Lord.

Trikuteshwara temple: Trikuteshwara temple can be called as a temple complex containing a collection of many temples. The temple complex consist of a Saraswathi temple, nearby is a temple dedicated to 3 devis - Saraswathi, Gayathri and Sharada. The eastern side of the temple has lingas of Brahma,Maheshwara and Vishnu

Lakkundi Brahma Jinalaya is a Jain temple situated at Lakkundi village in Gadag District of Karnataka. It was constructed by Attimabbe, wife of Nagadeva who was a chieftain of Chalukya King Ahavamalla. The sacred sanctum of the temple houses the main deity of Vardhaman Mahavir, the last Jain Tirthankar. The temple is an outstanding example of the Karnataka style of architecture.

Veeranarayana temple: The Veeranarayana temple is located at the center of Gadag city. It is said that the great Kannda poet kumarvyasa had written the Mahabharatha in front of lord veeranarayana. Hoysala king Bittideva took the name Vishnuvardhan after changing his religion to Hinduism under Sri Shankaracharya. He built this temple among the series of pancha narayana kshetram in karnataka.

Doddabasappa Temple: Doddabasappa Temple is located in Dambal around 20 km from gadag city and around 24 km from Ittagi (Koppal district) where the Mahadeva temple is located. The temple built in western Chalukya style is dedicated to lord Shiva. The design of this temple has been inspired from central Indian temples and does not resemble any temple in karnataka or around this region. It is different from the conventional dravida or south Indian style. The star shaped temple has been built with accurate geometrical calculations.

Kasivisvesvara temple, Lakkundi: Kasivisvesvara temple is located in Lakkundi around 11 km from gadag city and 14 km from Dambal. It is also known as Kashivishvanatha temple. The highest from of western Chalukya architecture can be found here. The temple has two shrines - one dedicated to Kasivisvesvara (lord Shiva) which faces east and sun god known as Suryanarayana facing west.The sun god, Surya, is depicted here in a perfect picture of magnificence, seated on a chariot driven by seven horses. This particular form of his is well known as Suryanarayana. Another noteworthy specimen of craftsmanship is the window screens, created solely with chiseled stone slabs.

Nanneshwara Temple: Nanneshwara Temple is located in Lakkundi nearby Kasivisvesvara temple. Nanneshwara temple seems to be the prototype before building the grand Kasivisvesvara temple.

Gajendragarh: Gajendragarh, also spelt as Gajendragad is a small town in Gadag district. Earlier it was just a fort city and the fort was renovated by Chhatrapati Shivaji. The name Gajendragarh literally means Gajendra fort.

Kalakaleshwara temple: Kalakaleshwara temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is worshiped as Kalakaleshwara. This place is also known as Dakshina Kashi. Nearby you can also find Virabhadra temple. Outside the temple you can find a small pond called AtharaGange. The water never dries up and nobody knows the source of water.

Sudi: Sudi is a small town in located around 12km from Gajendragad and 30 km from Badami. It is famous for the intricately carved stone temples built during the western Chalukya rule. Sudi was the capital city of the Kalyani chalukyas around 1100 AD and was ruled by the king's daughter Akkadevi.

Lakshmeshwar: Lakshmeshwara is in the Shirahatti taluk. It is known for historical Hindu, Jain temples and Jumma Masjid. At Lakshmeshwara there is a Someshwara temple complex with so many shiva temples in side the fort like compound

Sudi:Kalyani Chalukyas monuments at Sudi includes Jodi Gopura temple, Mallikarjuna temple, Large Ganesha, Nandi statues, and NagaKunda

Lakkundi :Lakkundi is about 12 km from Gadag. It was once the capital city of Great Chalukyan kings. Lakkundi is famous for 101 stepped wells (called Kalyani or Pushkarni), the multitude of Temples of architectural beauty and the Jain Basadi's.

Mallikarjuna Temple: Mallikarjuna temple was built at a later stage of the Chalukya rule under the rule of princess Akkadevi.

Kappadagudda, 25 km from Gadag, is a hilly area famous for the temple of Kappada Mallesha. Thousands of devotees throng here during the annual car festival. They reach the top of the hill, walking barefoot. This is the unique place where devotees build houses as offering to God Kappada Mallesha.

Nagakunda: Nagakunda literally means King cobra tank. It is beautifully made and designed temple tank.

Ron Maruti Temple:Maruti Temple is located at Kurahatti village in Ron Taluk of Gadag District. Dedicated to Lord Maruti, the temple attracts a large number of devotees from across a wide social strata.

Kashi Vishwanatha Temple, built around the Chalukya period, is the most ornate and magnificent temple in Lakkundi, Karnataka.This carefully built temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main shrine and the small shrine dedicated to Surya has a common platform. The temple has entrances on the east side and south side of the mandapam. Main doorway and the towers of the temple are beautifully engraved with sculptures.

Dambal: Dambal is famous for the Western Chalukya Doddabasappa Temple of 12th century.

Gajendragad: Historical Shivaji Fort on Hill and Kalakaleshwara temple

Kotumachagi: Kotumachagi. Kotumachagi is at the distance of about 22 km from Gadag in this village famous for Someswar temple and Hazarat-Zindashav-Ali darga and Durgadevi temple.

Naregal: Biggest Jain temple ever built by Rastrakutas[1], now called as Narayana temple.

Hombal: Hombal, a village at distance of 12 km from Gadag famous for its old temples.

Dambala Temple:Famous for its grapes and Guavas, Dambala lies 20 kms from GADAG. It boasts of many fine temples - the best being the Dodda Basappa temple.Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Dodda Basappa temple belongs to the Kalyani Chalukya period. It is renowned for its multigonal stellar shape. It contains one of the most beautifully designed door steps that can be seen in any temple in western India. This doorstep is exquisitely engraved with festoons, rosetter and small figures.

Venkatapura: Venkatapura is about 15 km from Gadag. The temple is dedicated to lord Venkateshwara.

Beladhadi: Beladhadi is about 10 km from Gadag is famous for Shri Rama Temple. The idols of Sri Rama, Lakshmana and Sita are of unique beauty and were installed by famous saint Shree Brahmananda Maharaj.

Shri Veeranarayana temple is a beautiful amalgamation of Chalukya, Hoysala and Vijayanagara sculptures. The Garbhagriha and the top tower of the temple are rare models of Chalukya sculpture, while the Garuda Gamba and Ranga mantap are in the pattern of Hoysala sculpture. The main entrance gate of the temple follows the Vijayangara art form. The Veeranarayana temple possesses many pillars with artistically carved pictures. The customary belief says that sitting beneath one of these pillars Mahakavi Kumaravyasa wrote the famous "Karnataka Bharatha Katha Manyari".

Ron (city): Ron has Many historical monuments, those include Anantsayee Gudi, Isvara Gudi Near Anantsayee Gudi, Isvara Temple, Kala Gudi, Lokanatha Temple, Mallikarjuna Gudi, Parsvanath Jain Temple, and Somlingesvara Temple Near Tank

Sri Saraswathi Temple: The temple is dedicated to Saraswathi, Goddess of learning. It is a wonderful structure with its fine architectural beauty.

Sri Jagadguru Tondaraya Mutt: This is a 12th Century Mutt founded by Saint Tontada Siddalingeshwar Swamiji who was an accomplished Yogi. His "Samadhi" is situated in front of this Mutt.

Shankara Jinalaya is a Jain temple situated at Lakshmeshwar town in Shirahatti Taluk of Gadag District in Karnataka. The temple has a rare monolithic piece of Sahasra Jinabimbas and the idols of Dharnendra and Padmavathi. Several mutilated Jain idols can also be seen on the wall of a well nearby. The temple was built in the typical Chalukyan style of architecture. Later, several modifications were done during successive renovations

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation nearby Gadag District:

  • Durga Vihar Hotels (p) Ltd.,
  • The Hans Hotel
  • Jagadeesh Da Dhaba

Gadag District Major Attraction

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.....more