Showing posts with label Gulbarga. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gulbarga. Show all posts

The Sulfur Springs of Kalagi, Gulbarga.

Kalagi was on our travel wish list as it was a noted center of political, religious and educational activities of the Kalyani Chalukyan era. While I was travelling across the Chincholi town of Gulbarga district, a passer-by referred me to witness the bubbling waters of Kalagi. As I was unaware of the existence of such a place, I became more inquisitive and boarded a bus right away to Kalagi. In an hour's time I reached the town of Kalagi, a dusty and bustling town owing to its connectivity between Gulbarga and Chincholi. When I inquired about the Kalleshwara temple, I was directed towards the other side of the town and was told that the temple was at a walkable distance. As I walked along, I was surprised to see the numerous old temples that adorned Kalagi's narrow lanes.
Kalagi, Gulbarga
Entrance to Kalleshwara Temple
Kagli, Gulbarga
Lord Shiva 
On reaching the temple, I found its in ruins, besides which was the restored temple with minor modifications, both dedicated to  Kalleshwara. This time, I decided to visit the restored temple at first which is now renamed as the Neelakantha Kalleshwara Temple. Adjacent to the temple is a huge water pond. As I stared at the waters of the pond, it took me some time to realize it was indeed a spring. On seeing through the clear waters of this pond and tasting it, I became sure of it being a Sulfur spring. I spent a good time observing the spring with the bubbles rising in the water.
Sulfur Springs Karnataka
water Pond
Sulphur Springs Karnataka
The Bubbles
The Ripples

My next stop was at the Narashima temple that was situated on the opposite lane. Quickly walking towards it, I sighted  an old temple present right at the center of an another water pond! Intriguingly, a close observation confirmed the waters of this pond to be a Sulfur spring too. The water from this pond is currently being used for supply by the local municipality and hence the entry to this place is restricted.

Lord Narashima Temple
Lord Narashima Temple Kagali

Chalukyan Temples, Sedam Gulbarga

  Sedam is a taluk located in Gulbarga district. On a quest to explore northern Karnataka, I reached Sedam   in search of  historical temples. Sedam was earlier called as Sedimbapura.It houses many temples and Jinalayas. I stopped by a bakery to keep my backpack and inquired about the directions to the various temples. The first temple I visited was the "Kottala Basaveshwara" temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, which  has been completed renovated. A small Jain temple is also located in this temple complex. Being disappointed after seeing a completely renovated temple, I went in search of  Bananti Kambha (Pregnant Lady's Pillar).
Bananti Kambha
Manikeshvara Temple
    Bananti Kambha is a huge tall stone pillar, but I could not find out why and what is story behind this pillar being called so. This pillar is located  in the Manikeshvara temple complex. This temple is again being renovated but its nice to see that original look of the temple is being maintained. My next stop was a small tea shop where I met the care taker of the Panchalingeshwara Temple, who more than eager to show me the temple , a short walk from the tea shop we reached the most beautiful temple of the town. Two beautiful dwarapalas (door keeper) welcomed me into this temple complex, since I had no idea about this temple was surprised to see such beautiful temple, exceptional stone work of Rastrakutas and Chalukayas. This temple complex house five Shiva linga in five Grabhagrihas, out of which two where housed in the main temple, rest three housed in single celled temples in the complex.

Welcome to Panchalingeshwara Temple
Life Size Dwarapalas
Hair Do of Lady Dwarapala
Hair Do of Lady Dwarapala
Lord Tandeshvara on the Lintel
Gajalakshmi on Lintel
   The most striking features of this temple complex were the live sized Shaiva Dwarapalas and the two lady dwarapalas, though sadly one of them has been vandalized. I could only imagine how wonderful it looked originally. The ceilings mostly resembled the Rashtrakuta style.

Shiva Linga
Main Shiva Linga
 
 
Lord Tandeshvara in the Center of the Ceiling
 
Typical Rashtrakuta Ceiling
Nandi
Lord Ganesha
    Though the caretaker had no much information about the temple, he definitely fulfilled his job of maintaining the temple. Thus ending my quest for historical temples of Sedam, which only left me wondering of how many such temples were/are there in India. The North Karnataka Quest continues in search of many such wonderful places.

Year 2013 Part 3 - Waterfalls

Waterfalls, Madkeri
Umbalagundi Falls @ Madikeri
Waterfalls, Shimoga
T A falls @ Shimoga
Chandikamba Falls, Hulikal Falls
Chandikamba Falls @ Shimoga
Kunchikal Falls, Shimoga
K Falls @ Shimoga

Jog Falls, Sagar
Jog Falls @ Shimoga
Waterfalls, Yadgir
Dabb Dabi Falls @ Yadgir
Gavi Siddeshwara Falls, Yadgir
Gavi Siddeshwara Falls @ Yadgir
Ethipotla Falls, Gulbarga, Chincholi
Ethipotla Falls @ Gulbarga

Waterfalls, Madkeri
K K Border Falls @ Madikeri
Waterfalls Madkeri
Sliding Falls @ Madikeri
Malalli Falls, Somwarpet, Coorg
Malalli Falls @Madikeri
Mankyadhara Falls, Bababudangiri, Chikmagaluru
Manikyadhara Falls @ Chikmagaluru
Abbi waterfalls, Chikmagaluru
K Abbi @ Chikmagaluru
Chamdka water Falls South Cananra
Chamadka Falls @ South Canara
Hogenakkal Falls, Tamilnadu , Karnataka
Hogenakkal Falls @ Tamil Nadu
Sirimane Falls, Chikmagaluru
Sirimane Falls @ Chikmagaluru
Balamuri Falls @ Mysore

Shivansamudra waterfalls
Gaganachukki Falls @ Mysore
Cauvery Waterfalls, Mysore
Barachukki Falls @ Mysore
Barachukki Falls @ Mysore

K K Border Falls2 @ Madikeri

K Abbi @ Madikeri