The Nanneshwara (also spelled Nanesvara or Naneshwara) Temple is located in Lakkundi village of the Gadag district in Karnataka. 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.
Quick Facts About Nanneshwara Temple
- Main Deity: Lord Shiva
- Best Time To Visit: March-April
- Entry Fee: Free
Nanneshwara Temple – Overview
According to art historians, the Nanneshwara Temple has the same architectural plan as the Kasivisvesvara Temple. Because of this similarity, it is often said that this temple was a prototype for the Kasivisvesvara Temple. However, it is important to note that this is an Ekakuta Temple, not a Dvikuta temple.
Nanneshwara Temple – Architecture
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 mandapa with beautifully decorated pillars, a small, covered mandapa and a Garbhagriha. A single Linga has been installed in the Garbagriha. Soapstone was the main building material used in the construction of this temple.
How to Reach Nanneshwara Temple
The Lakkundi village is well connected to other towns and cities in the Gadag district by roads. At a distance of 45km, Mmulgund is the closest town.
The Gadag junction is the closest railway station. From here, one may take a private taxi or bus to cover the 25km to the temple.
The Hubbali airport is about 75km from the Nanneshwara Temple. State buses, private buses and private taxis may be taken from the airport to complete the journey and reach the temple.