Temples of Chitradurga in Inscriptions

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Chitradurga jilleya shasanoktha devalayagalu-Temples of Chitradurga in Inscriptions

Author:  Dr. B. Suresh

Place: Chitradurga district

In this detailed article, author has listed all the temples in the district that have inscriptions. He has also given the  details of some of the important inscriptions belonging to various dynasties that ruled the region.

Chitradurga district has more than 100 temples with inscriptions. They have been constructed and renovated by various dynasties like Nolamba, Rashtrakuta, Chalukyas,  Hoysala and Vijayanagara. Majority of the inscriptions available in the district belong to Vijayanagara period and Palegars. 

The paper mentions the following temples.

Temples which belong to the early era (before 10th century AD ):

851 AD – Madhure Shaiva temple
961 AD – Rameshwara temple on Jatinga hill
964 AD – Chikkandavadi Maheshwara temple
968 AD – Kyasapura Kalleshwara temple
969 AD – Gunderi Chennakeshava temple

Some important temples of Kalyana Chalukyas in the district include:

Hirebennur Rameshwara temple
Bagenahaal Brahmeshwara temple
Parashurampura Channa Keshava temple
Sidlayyana Kote Brahmeshwara temple
Gunganuru Kumbeshwara temple
Obalapura Rameshwara temple
Chitraduga Fort Hidambeshwara, Sampige Siddeshwara

Some temples of Chalukya’s have been renovated by Hoysala kings and appear to be Hoysala temples (11-13 century AD):

Brahmagiri Trishankeshwara temple
Heggere Kalleshwara temple
Gopalakrishna temple and Phalguneshwara temple inside Chitraduga Fort
Holalkere Shivalaya
Kogunde Baacheshwara
Nirgunda Kalleshwara, Malleshwara, Siddeshwara temples

The district has few temples constructed during Hoysala period (11-13 century AD) , important among them are: 

Heggere Santhinatheshwara
Bevinahalli Basadi
Front Navaranga of Nirgunda Siddeshwara temple
Front Navaranga of Phalguneshwra temple, Chitradurga
Hidambeshwara temple
Bebalanatha temple
Heggere Kalleshwara temple

Temples which were renovated by Vijayanagara rulers  (14-16 century AD) include:

Chikkapura Siddanatha temple
Parashurampura Garuda and Hanumantha temples
Ramagiri Rameshwara and Veerabhadreshwara temple
Somerahalli Someshwara temple
Godabanaalu Kallinatha temple
Malenahalli Ranganatha temple
Hireguntanooru Vinayaka temple
Kamasamudra Veerabhadra temple
Dummi Veerabhadra temple
Gunderi Veerabhadra temple
Devasamudra Vittala temple
Hiriyur Theru Malleshwara
Holalkere Gopalakrishna temple
Kalkere Chowdeshwari temple
Sampige Siddeshwara, Hidambeshwara temple in the fort

Some important temples which were constructed by the famous Chitradurga Palegars (16 – 18 century AD)  include:

Baguru Channakeshava and Lakshmi temples
Hosadurga Veerabhadra temple
Hiriyur Veerabhadra temple
Harathi Mallikarjuna temple
Chitradurga Channakeshava, Venkataramana, Uchhangi Ellamma (Uthsavamba) temples
Horakere Devapura Sri Ranganatha temple
Kanchipura Allinatha
Hulluru Veerabhadra

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