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Kudalasangama in India is an important center of pilgrimage for people of the Lingayat faith. It is located about 15 km (9 mi) from the Almatti Dam in Bagalkot district of Karnataka state. The Krishna and Malaprabha River rivers merge here and flow east towards Srisaila (another pilgrim center) Andhra Pradesh. The Aikya Mantapa or the holy Samādhi of Basavanna, the founder of the Lingayat faith along withLinga, which is believed to be self-born (Swayambhu), is here.

An inscription in the temple of 1213 A.D. records a gift to the God Acheshvara. Another stone record of 1160 A.D. refers to land grant to deities, Kaleshvara and Achesvara. It is believed that in the 12th century Jathaveda Muni Sarangamath had set up an education centre here and Basaveshvara, Channabasavanna and Akkanagamma were students. Basaveshvara spent his boyhood here and, after his return from Kalyana, he is said to have become one with the God at this place. The vachanas composed by him are dedicated to the presiding deity here, Sangamanatha.

The main attractions in and around Kudala Sangama are

• The Sangamanatha Temple in Chalukya style
• The Aikya Linga of Basaveshwara
• The Mahamane Campus of the Basava Dharma Peetha
• The Poojavana, a mini forest with neat paths amidst the trees.
• The Sabha Bhavana. Colossal, it is a spacious auditorium with a seating capacity for 6,000. The exquisite doorways on the four sides - named after Gangambike, Nilambike, Channabasavanna and Akka Nagamma - surround the huge grey dome in the centre.
• The Basava Gopura. Tall, it is slated to house the Basava International Centre. The 200 ft (61 m) high symmetrical tower is imposing.
• Museum. The Ashrama, meant for visitors to stay, also has a museum with a collection of sculptures related to Basavanna and the history of Karnataka state.

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