Sharana Basaveshwara Temple


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The Sharana Basaveshwara Temple is dedicated to an eminent Lingayat religious teacher and philosopher, Shri Sharana Basaveshwara, a Lingayat saint of the 18th century known for his Dasoha (Giving is earning) and Kayaka –  an advancement of the Karma doctrine “You have the right to perform the work assigned to you. You have no rights to ‘demand’ the fruits of your labor” philosophy. The temple houses the Samadhi of Sharana Basaveshwara at the center called the Garbha Gudi. It also has a lake adjacent to it which attracts many devotees and tourists.

People from across the country and abroad cutting across communal lines will converge on the sprawling temple complex to witness the historic car festival. On the occasion, the people will also have a glimpse of the silver plate (Prasada Battala) used by the saint. The Prasada Battala, which is displayed once a year during the car festival, would be shown to the devotees.

 Along with the Prasada Battala, the devotees will get a chance to have a look at the Linga Sajjike (the cover used for keeping the Linga) made in Sandalwood and used by Sharanabhasaveshwara. People, particularly farmers from the region, continue the practice of donating a portion of their harvest to the temple for providing free food to pilgrims visiting the temple.

The temple has a marvelous structure, which dates to 12th century. The carving contains images of Garuda, parrots, flowers and elephants. The temple is also known as Sabhamandapa. The temple consists of around 36 arches and numerous pillars that add to the beauty of the temple.

The temple is a blend of Mugal as well as Hindu architecture.  The temple was constructed almost two centuries ago. The panchaloha kalasha which is a combination of five metals can be found here. Later during the Mughal empire, the Nizam of Hyderabad conquered the temple.

Sharana Basaveshwara Temple

Timings to visit

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Time Duration: 1 – 2 hours

Entry Charges: Free.

How to Reach Sharana Basaveshwara Temple

By Air: Kalaburagi Airport – 15.1 km, Bangalore – 574 km.

By Rail: Gulbarga Railway Station – 2.9 km Via Court Road, Bangalore – 570 km.

By Road: Gulbarga Central Bus Stand K.S.R.T.C – 2.8 km, Bangalore – 574 km from Bangalore.


Sharana Basaveshwara Temple, SB Temple Rd, Raghavendra Colony, Brahmapur, Gulbarga, Karnataka 585102.

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