"ಹಿರೇ ಹಡಗಲಿ " is a busy village located on the State Highway SH 40 which is a link between Hoovina Hadagali and Ranebennur. Thanks to the ASI staff for insisting us to visit this temple. This place is home to a beautiful Chalukyan temple dedicated to Lord Kalleshwara. The Art critic Alexander Rea has described this temple completely in his book titled "The Chalukyan Architecture". He summarizes in his book that 'every detail of the carved work is as minutely finished as jewellery'. This temple is locally known has 'Katte Basaveshwara' temple. One of the inscriptions found here also calls it 'Demeswara'.
|The South Doorway|
|Interiors of the Kalleshwara Temple|
|Goddess Uma-Maheshwari's unique Hair-Do|
|Lintel Carving of the Garbhagriha|
The temple is believed to have been built during 10th Century by the Kalyana Chalukyas. It is undoubtedly one amongst the most beautiful temples of Karnataka.There are two entrances to temple (one facing east and the other facing south). The unique feature of this temple is the embossed carvings on the pattikas. The outer walls of the temple are extremely beautiful, carrying heavy carvings of unusual styles and designs.The main temple houses idols of Ganesha, Sapthamatrikas, Uma-Maheshwari and Bhairava. All the doorways and the pillars are of classical Chalukyan type. There is a small idol of Nandi inside the temple. Another temple situated opposite to this temple is dedicated to the Sun God Lord Surya and has a huge Nandi in its front, facing the Kalleshwara.
|Heavily decorated Pillar|
|Lion capturing a Three Headed Snake|
|Embossed Carvings on the Pattikas|
|Lord Surya Temple|
|Carvings on the outer wall|
|Natures' Gem with Man made Gem|
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore -NH4 - Ranebennur - Right Turn towards SH 40 -
Distance from Bangalore: 370 km