(Last Updated on : 02-03-2015)
Temples of Haveri District in Karnataka reflects the Western Chalukyan art. Haveri District is exactly in the center of Karnataka with equal distance from Bidar. Some of the important temples of Haveri District are Hukkeri Math, Tarakeshwar at Hanagal, Nagareshwar at Bankapura, Mukteshwara temple at Chaudayyadanapura, Galageshwara Temple at Galaganatha and Kadambeshwar temple at Rattihalli.
The Siddhesvara Temple is located in the town of Haveri in Haveri district and is considered as an ornate example of 12th century Western Chalukyan art. This is one of the rare temples of Haveri District that is well known for the loose sculptures of Hindu deities that exist. However, inscriptional evidence suggests that the initial sanctification of the temple was in late 11th century. An interesting aspect about this temple is that it faces west, instead of facing the rising sun in the east-a standard in Chalukyan constructions. Although it is currently used as a Shaiva temple dedicated to God Shiva, historians are unsure by which faith or sect this temple was originally consecrated and to which deity. This ambiguity perhaps stems from the many loose sculptures of deities that exist and the dilapidation of primary wall images.
Someshwar at Haralahalli and Jain Basadi at Yalavatti are some of the reputed temples of Haveri District. The temples of Haveri District are located all across the district, thus making it a destination for the tourists in the state. Jatacholina, under the supervision of Mallideva built the Mukteshwar temple at Choudapur. Kadambas of Nurumbad during the period of Kalyana Chalukyas ruled about 100 villages with Rattihalli as their capital. Kadambeshwar temple at Rattihalli is a beautiful Chalukya style temple and one of the most visited temples of Haveri District.
All these Samantas who ruled from different parts of the district have left their permanent evidences in the history of the temples of Haveri District. Many beautiful temples like Tarakeshwar at Hanagal, Kadambeshwar at Rattihalli, Someshwar at Haralahalli, Nagareshwar at Bankapur, Mukteshwar at Choudapur, Siddheshwar at Haveri, Eeshwar at Galaganath, Jain Basadi at Yalavatti represent the rich culture and history of the district.