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Trikuteshwara Temple
 

The 11th century Trikuteshwara temple is situated at Gadag, around 50km south east of Hubli-Dharwad on NH63. The temple, designed by the famous architect Amara Shilpi Jakanachari, was constructed during the reign of Kalyani Chalukyas (around 1050 to 1200 CE ). Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple derived the name Trikuteshwara because of its three (trikut) lingam mounted on the same stone. Placed in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, facing east, this lingam symbolizes the Trinity (Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva). 

The major attractions of the temple are the beautifully decorated pillars with intricate sculptures, carved figurines, ornate panel, slanting rooftop and beautifully chiseled stone screens. The inclined slabs, inside the temple serve as balcony seats, are decorated with richly carved figures and are overhung by steeply angled eaves. At the back of the temple, there is a tank, called Rudra Theertha, along with a well. 

The Trikuteshwara temple complex consists of another temple dedicated to three Goddess namely Saraswathi, Gayathri and Sharada. This temple has elaborately decorated stone columns and porch with wonderful carvings.  


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