About Gadag

 

The Gadag District is located in Karnataka, India. The district formed in 1997, when it was split from the Dharwad District. As of 2011, the Gadag District had a population of 971,952 (of which 35.21 percent was urban as of 2001). The overall population increased by 13.14 percent from 1991 to 2001. The Gadag District borders the Bagalkot District on the north, the Koppal District on the east, the Bellary District on the southeast, the Haveri District on the southwest, the Dharwad District on the west and the Belgaum District on the northwest. The district features monuments (primarily Jain and Hindu temples) from the Western Chalukya Empire. Gadag District has seven tehsils: Gadag-Betgeri, Ron, Shirhatti, Nargund, Lakshmeshwar, Gajendragad and Mundargi.


Historical sites

Gadag :

The town has 11th- and 12th-century monuments; the temple of Veera Narayana and the Trikuteshwara complex are sites of religious and historic importance. One of the two main Jain temples is dedicated to Mahavira.


Trikuteshwara temple complex:
The Trikuteshwara temple was built by the early Chalukyas between the sixth and the eighth centuries, exemplifying Chalukya architecture. The temple is dedicated to Saraswati.


Veeranarayana Temple:
The temple, believed to have been built during the 11th century, attracts many devotees a year. Jumma Masjid: The Muslim Jumma Masjid has a capacity of 600. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Gadag was ruled by Muslim kings and the Maratha before being incorporated by the East India Company.

 

Lakshmeshwara :
Lakshmeshwara is in Shirahatti, and is known for its Hindu and Jain temples and mosques. The Someshwara temple complex has a number of temples to Shiva in its fort-like compound

 

Sudi

Chalukya monuments include the Jodi Gopura and Mallikarjuna temples and large Ganesha and Nandi statues.


Lakkundi

About 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from Gadag, Lakkundi was the residence of the Chalukyan kings. It is known for its 101 stepwells (known as kalyani or pushkarni) and its Hindu and Jain temples. A sculpture gallery is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.


Dambal

Dambal is known for its 12th-century Chalukya Doddabasappa Temple.


Gajendragad

Known for its hill fort and Kalakaleshwara temple


Harti

Harti has a number of Hindu temples. The Shri Basaveshwara Temple has an annual festival featuring a procession. Other temples, such as the Parvati Parameshwara temple (Uma Maheshwara Temple), have stone carvings from the Chalukya period.


Kotumachagi
About 22 kilometres (14 mi) from Gadag, the agricultural village is also known for its Someswar and Durgadevi temples. Chamarasa, author of the Prabhulingaleele, was born nearby.


Naregal

Home to the largest Jain temple built by the Rastrakuta dynasty[1]


Hombal

About 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from Gadag, the village is known for old temples.


Ron
Ron's historic monuments include Anantsayee Gudi, Isvara Gudi, Isvara Temple, Kala Gudi, Lokanatha Temple, Mallikarjuna Gudi, Parsvanath Jain temple and the Somlingesvara temple.


Kurtakoti
About 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Gadag, the agricultural village is known for the Shri Ugra Narsimha, Dattatreya, Virupakhshalinga and Rama temples. Statues of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita were installed by Brahma Chaitanya. Writer and critic Kirtinath Kurtakoti hailed from the area.


Nargund

Known for its role in the 1857 revolt and its 17th-century fort


Doni

Tanda About 24 kilometres (15 mi) from Gadag, and known for wind-power generation


Beladhadi

About 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Gadag, and known for its Shri Rama Temple and statues of Sri Rama, Lakshmana and Sita


Antur Bentur

About 23 kilometres (14 mi) from Gadag, the agricultural village is known for the Shri Jagadguru Budimahaswamigala Sanstan math Antur Bentur – Hosalli. The matha is cared for by both Muslims and Hindus.


Demographics

According to the 2011 census the district has a population of 1,065,235, roughly equal to that of Cyprus or the US state of Rhode Island. This ranks it 426th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 229 inhabitants per square kilometre (590 /sq mi). Its population growth rate from 2001 to 2011 was 9.61 percent. The district has a sex ratio of 978 females for every 1000 males and a literacy rate of 75.18 percent.

 

Magadi Bird Sanctuary

The Magadi Bird Sanctuary, created at the Magadi reservoir, is 26 kilometres (16 mi) from Gadag on the Gadag-Bangalore Road, 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from Shirhatti and 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from Lakshmeshwar. It is known for migratory species such as the Bar-headed Goose, which feed on fish and agricultural crops.

 

Notable residents

  • 1. Poets Kumara Vyasa (born in Koliwada) and Chamarasa are known for their translation of the Mahabharata into Kannada (Karnata Bharatha Kathamanjari) and Prabhulingaleele, respectively.
  • 2. Ganayogi Panchakshari Gavayi
  • 3. Hindustani singer Bharat Ratna Bhimsen Joshi
  • 4. Puttaraj Gawai
  • 5. Rajguru Guruswami Kalikeri
  • 6. Sunil Joshi (cricketer)
  • 7. Syed shah soofisab alais Dr D B Peerzade (doctor and sajjada nasheen bargah-e-hz syed lalshahbaz bukhari(hz syed ankush khan wali),malik sadat and miskinshawali)