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Author: Dr. R. M. Shadaksharayya
Haveri, Hirekerur, Ranebennur, Hirebidari, Itagi, Benakanakonda, Hulihalli, Hiremaganur, Yalavadahalli, Aralikatti, Medur, HattiMattur
In this article, the author has given description of temples and other sculptures like hero stones, Konananthale and Gosasa stones found in these villages. They are of great antiquity as the region was ruled by major dynasties of Karnataka namely Kadamaba, Badami Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas and Kalyana Chalukyas.
Under the auspices of the Kannada Research institute, a survey of monuments in some places of Haveri district which was part of Dharwad district was conducted between the years 1992-94. The survey was guided by published epigraphs.
The Kalleshwara temple at Hirebidari (Ranebennur taluk) is identified as of the 10th century, and the antiquity of the village is taken back to second century B. C.
Itagi in the same taluk has the Basavanna temple, which has a Shivalinga with 8th Century features. A unique two shouldered Ganesha image was also found here.
Benakanakonda has a herostone of Badami Chalukya times and a Kalmeshwara temple.
Hulihalli of the same taluk has Ramalinga temple built in the 10th century and expanded in the 11th century and there is a residential site, dating back to 2nd century B.C.
Hiremaganur of the same taluk has the Kalleshwara tcmple, often renovated, but the Linga in the temple has 9th Century features. Another sanctum of the temple must have housed Vishnu.
Yalavadahalli of the same taluk has the Ishwara temple, and sculptures found here help to assign the temple to the 10th century AD.
At Aralikatti(Hirekerur taluk) has a small Kalleshwara temple, assignable to the middle of the 10th Century.
Medur of the same taluk has temples of Doddabasaveshwara, Sannabasaveshwara (trikuta) and the Huttada Ishwara temple. There are many sculptures here of interest in these temples, Mahishamardini, Surya, Bhairava, Kali, Saraswati being prominent.
Hattimattur (Haveri taluk) has the Kalleshwara temple with the two Lingas assignable to the 9th Century AD.