(Last Updated on : 12/03/2015)
The lovely temples of Dharwad district in Karnataka are tourist spots and heritage sites of the state attracting thousands of devotees throughout the year. Dharwad District is strategically located in northern Karnataka and the history of the temples of Dharwad district can be traced back to the 12th century. The district is dotted with many hills, lakes, and other smaller water bodies. The famous temples of Dharwad district include Murugha Math, Someshwara Temple, Laxmi-Narayana Temple, Shankara Matha, Dattatreya Temple, Ulavi Basappana Temple, Vanavasi Rama Mandira, Tapovan, and Renuka Devi-Temple.
Bannikoppa Jain Temple is one of the important temples of Dharwad district and was constructed in the 1940's under the guidance of Sri Payanagara Maharaj. The authorities reconstructed the temple and the Pancha Kalyana Mahotsav was held here in 1976. The temple's sanctorum has a 2 feet tall idol of Bhagwan Sri Parshwanatha, which is the main deity. The temple enshrines the honored idols of Sri Parshwanatha, Siddakuta and Siddachakra. The temple walls are designed with architectural marvels.
Kartikeya Temple is a famous temple of Lord Muruga in the Dharwad district. Located on a hill near Sondur, this is one of the temples of Dharwad district that houses the famous Heramb Ganesh temple within its premises. Someshwara Temple is one of the most visited temples of Dharwad district that was built in 12th century by the Chalukyas. Someshwara Temple is one of the notable landmarks in the district. This temple houses statues of Mahishasuramardini and Chaturbhuja Ganesh, where Ganapathi is represented with four hands. The river Shalmala originates near by the temple but she flows under ground.
The surroundings of the temples of Dharwad district are abound in natural beauty. They depict the south Indian architecture at its best.