Trikuteshwara Temple architecture was planned by the architect Amara Shilpi Jakanachari. The Badami Chalukyas were exponents of early architectural achievements in Deccan. Aihole, Badami, and Pattadakal were their centers of art. They were succeeded by the Rashtrakutas and the Kalyani Chalukyas.
The temple has ornate pillars with intricate sculptures. The sanctum enshrines three Shivalingas. The temple has chiseled stone screens and carved figurines. There is a shrine to Saraswati within the Trikuteshwara temple complex, with exquisite stone columns.
Inclined slabs that serve as balcony seats are decorated with figurative panels and are overhung by steeply angled eaves. Inside the hall, the columns have figures arranged in shallow niches. The east Sanctorum has three lingas representing Brahma, Maheshwara, and Vishnu; the one to the south is dedicated to the goddess Saraswati.
Just by the side is another temple dedicated to three devices – Saraswathi, Gayathri, and Sharada. Only the statues are in a new style; the temple is in old architecture.
The temple dates back to the Kalyani Chalukyas who ruled this region from around 1050 to 1200 CE, during which time about 50 temples were built. Saraswathi temple has been vandalized at an early age and hence pooja is not offered here. But the architecture exists.
A number of late Chalukya monuments (11th-12th centuries) in the city indicate its historic past. Other temples in Gadag are those dedicated to Someshwara and Veera Narayana. In the middle of the city stands the Someshvara Temple. Though abandoned and now in a dilapidated state, its intricate carvings are preserved. The doorways to the hall have densely carved figures and foliation.
Timings to visit
07:00 AM – 12:30 PM | 05:00 PM – 08:30 PM
How to Reach Trikuteshwara Temple in Gadag
By Air: Hubli Airport – 57 km, Belgaum Airport – 128 km
By Train: Balganur Railway Station – 21.5 km, Gadag Junction Railway Stations – 2.6 km
By Road: Gadag – 4.1 km
Trikuteshwara Temple, Tanga Koot, Gadag, Karnataka 582103
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