The Navalinga Temple is constructed in Dravidian style. Since each of the nine temples has a linga, they are known as meaning nine lingams and were built under the Rashtrakuta Dynasty, under the reign of King Amoghavarsha I or under his son Krishna II. The temple town boasts of inscriptions from the Vijayanagara period and they refer to a number of Hindu Goddesses such as Ganga, Saraswati, Kalikadevi, Mahamay, and Chamundi, it also mentions the name of God Mallikarjuna.
It is constructed with sandstone but the shrine walls have lost their sheen now. The shrines have a Shikara like any South Indian temple. The shrine has a linga and the entrance of this shrine bears the image of the Goddess Gajalakshmi. There are two ancient Kannada inscriptions in the complex of this temple.
Listen to shiva Stotras
Best time to visit
October and March
How to Reach
By Air: Hubli Airport – 128 km
By Train: Gadag Railway Station – 49.1 km, Hosapete Junction – 59 km.
By Bus: Itagi – 6 km, Gadag – 40 km, Kukkanur – 6 km, Hospet KSRTCBus Station – 57.4 km
Navalinga Temple, Kuknur, Karnataka, 583232
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