Better known by the name of Mahakuta Group of Temples, this place is a well-known historical site in Bagalkot district of Karnataka. It dates back to 6th-7th centuries and was constructed by the early Chalukyan rulers and is known for a Shaivaite monastery. Despite being located in a quaint region, Mahakotta Temple is frequented by the pilgrims on a daily basis.
It Is Known For:-
1) Mahakuta Group of Temple is popular for its architecture. All shrines that stand here are constructed in the Dravidian and Nagara style of architecture.
2) The temple built in the Dravidian architecture have a tiered tower capped with a dome-like structure, whereas, the ones erected in the Nagara style have a curvilinear tower with a ribbed stone dome.
3) Amid the entire group, the temples of Mahakuteshwara and Mallikarjuna are the largest.
4) The temple complex of Mahakuta is a sea of inscriptions that are related to the times of Pulakesin II. Visitors can see numerous inscriptions related to him.
Best Time To Visit:-
A post-monsoon visit to Mahakotta Temple is considered as the best. The refreshed surroundings and a cool weather make it comfortable for the visitors to explore the ancient temples.
No entry fee is charged from visitors and photography is allowed.
Mahakotta Temple is protected by the zonal authorities and they have set some rules for the tourist site. No visitor is allowed to dump garbage at the historical pilgrimage site. Moreover, causing harm to the historical property by engraving any message is a punishable offense.
Bagalkot district is well-connected to the different parts of Karnataka via roads, railways, and airways. It can be reached by the state-run buses, express trains, and flights. Commuting within the city can be done by the local transit like the bus and sharing shuttles that are available on a frequent basis.
Nearest Railway Station:- Bagalkot Railway Station
Nearest Airport:- Hubli Airport
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