Galageshwar Temple
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Galageshwar Temple   |   Haveri

Galaganath formerly known as Palluni, is a small village located near Haveri, in the Haveri District, where the famous Galageshwar Shiva Temple built during the rule of the Western Chalukyas is located. This large temple faces east and is situated along the Tungabhadra River. The rivers Tunga and Varada join at Galaganath.

The Galageshwar temple, an example of the Chalukya style of architecture, was built here around the 11th century. Sri Venkatesh Galaganath (Kadambari Pitamaha) worshiped at the Galageshwar temple, and he wrote his novels on the temple premises.

The temple consists of a huge Shiva Linga in a closed hall; it is called Sparsha linga. The temple has an unusual pyramidal basement and a large open hall. The Gopura (tower) is decorated with plain architectural elements while the wall panels of the back of the hall have some fine decorations. The interior has numerous niches containing figural sculpture including Ganesha.

Photography: [Journeys across Karnataka: #1, #2]

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