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Lakkundi: Glorious Glimpses of Kalyani Chalukyas

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The Nanneshwara (also spelt Nanesvara or Naneshwara) Temple is located in Lakkundi Village of the Gadag District. This 11th-century Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The architecture reflects the later Chalukya style. Today, this temple is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India as a monument of National importance.

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According to art historians, the Nanneshwara Temple has the same architectural plan as the Kasivisvesvara Temple. Due to this similarity, it is often said that this Temple was a prototype of the Kasivisvesvara Temple. However, it is important to note that this is an Ekakuta Temple, not a Dvikuta Temple.

The Nanneshwara Temple is a small but beautiful Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to art historian, Adam Hardy, it dates back to the 11th century and is built in the mainstream style of the Lakkundi School.

The Temple sits on a raised platform or jagati and features an open mantapa with beautifully decorated pillars, a small, covered mantapa and a Garbhagruha. A single Linga has been installed in the Garbagruha. Soapstone was the main building material used in the construction of this Temple.

The other speciality of Lakkundi is that we can see over 108 wells which were constructed in ancient times.

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Raksha Deshpande

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Her interests range from literature, history, travel to politics, and is keenly interested to write human interest stories and articles relating to literature, travel.

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