Nandikeswar Mahakut Group of Temple :

God and Godess :

  • Mahakuteshwara Swamy
  • Lord Vishnu
  • Sangameshwara Swamy

Location :

Nandikeswar Mahakut temple,
Mahakuta Group of Temples, Mahakut,
Nandikeshwar Village, Badami Taluk
Bagalkot district-587201,

Timings :

8:00am – 8.00pm

Temple History :

Mahakuta temples are situated in the small town named Nandikeswarar in Bagalkot district of Karnataka. Mahakuta Group of temples was built in 6th– 8th Century AD. Mahakuta means “Great Group” and this name is given to the place because of a large number of Lord Shiva temples in the same complex It is a religious place which has been dedicated totally to Lord Mahadeva. This place is just a few kilometers drive from Badami. Mahakuta group of temples has various historical inscriptions over it which tell a lot about the history of the place and religion. The temple shares a Chalukya type which is found commonly in Pattadakal, Aihole, and Badami.

Mahakuta is a significant site for historians especially because of the two key inscriptions discovered in the temple. The inscriptions Pillar and Porch depict the history of Chalukya Dynasty. Brief details about the inscription have been stated below; It is also known as Dharmavijayastambha. This inscription records details about Chalukaya achievements and their military expeditions. This inscription, also known as Vinapoti inscription, is recorded on the porch of the temple and tells the tale about a grant of a silver umbrella and rubies (Called Vinapoti) made to the lord, by Vijayaditya, his concubine.

Mahakuta Group of temples is a pure reflection of Aihole architectural style buildings. The temples boast a lot about Dravidian and Nagara hybrid style followed by Chalukya. The temples have curvilinear towers over the sanctum. Amongst different temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Mahakuteshwara temple is the most prominent one out of them all. The temples of Mahakuta are built in Dravidian style, the temple has a Shiva Linga on top of a curvilinear tower. There are other small temples as well around this main temple, like the temple of Nandi in the front. The walls are decorated with amazing unique carvings of Lord Shiva which attracts visitors to its beauty. Apart from this, the temple also has a natural water spring fed tank known as Vishnu Pushkarini. Owing to its natural beauty and beautiful carving, this temple is also termed as being similar to Mallikarjuna temple which is located on the other side of Vishnu Pushkarini.

The Mahakuta Group of temples was built early in Chalukya Dynasty and it speaks a lot about ancient culture and tradition. The beautiful temple was built by Chalukyas, the first king Pulakesi I, this fact is well evident from the first sight of temples. One of the fascinating facts about the temple is that there are more than two dozen Shiva Temples in Mahakuta temple complex surrounding natural attractive spring fed tank is known as Vishnu Puskarini, or Papavinasha Tirth, meaning tank that washes away all your sins. The local people use the tank as a swimming pool. Mahakuteswara is the only renovated and largest temple in the Mahakuta group of temples. It is the best attraction of the place and appeals to people from around the world. Indeed Mahakuta group of temples is an amazing piece of Hindu culture and tradition. It is also a holy pilgrimage for worshipers of Sakit religion and Shaivites. For those who are history lovers and wish to get information about their religion, this is one of the best temples to visit. It is located just a few kilometers drive from Badami thus enabling people from all around the country to visit the place conveniently.

Festivals :

  • Mahasivaratri
  • Karthika Masa
  • Vaikunta Ekadasi

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Archane
  • Abhisheka

Nearest Temples Around Nandikeswar Mahakut Group of Temple :

  • Badami Badami caves – 14 km
  • Aihole Durga Temple – 24 km
  • Pattadakal Mallikarjuna & Kasi Viswanatha Temple – 11 km
  • Kudalasangama SangamanathaTemple – 60 km
  • Aihole Surya NarayanaTemple – 24 km
  • Bagalkot LadkhanTemple – 24 km
  • Cholachagudda Banashankari ammaTemple – 13 km
  • Toravi NarasimhaTemple – 134 km
  • Bijapur SiddeswaraTemple – 125 km
  • Bagewadi BasaveshwaraTemple – 147 km
  • Kanbargi SiddeswaraTemple – 153 km
  • Halsi Bhoo Varaha NarasimhaTemple – 176 km
  • Degaon Kamala NarayanaTemple – 167 km
  • Hooli PanchalingeshwaraTemple – 93 km
  • Yadur Veera BhadraTemple – 168 km
  • Gadag TrikuteswaraTemple – 73 km
  • Gadag VeerabhadraTemple – 73 km
  • Lakkundi Kasi VisweshwaraTemple – 74 km
  • Dambal DoddabasappaTemple – 87 km
  • Sudi Twin Towered templeTemple – 39 km
  • Gajendragad KalkeswaraTemple – 46 km
  • Kanakagiri Kanaka ChalapathiTemple – 107 km
  • Itagi MahadevaTemple – 81 km
  • Kakanur Kalleswara & MallikarjunaTemple – 43 km
  • Gabbur Basaveshwara & hanumanTemple – 120 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Badami – 13 km
  • Guledgudd – 35 km
  • Yarigonal – 35 km
  • Bagalkot – 33 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Badami – 9 km
  • Yerra goppa Halt – 17 km
  • Guledagudda – 19 km
  • Lakhmapur – 22 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Mangaluru – 459 km
  • Hyderabad 419 km
  • Bangalore 469 km

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