Kaaradgi Eranna Gudi & ruins of an ancient temple

I was told about Kaaradgi by an aunt more than a year ago. Even after several rounds of research the exact location of the place remained unknown until the day I received Shivaleela's wedding invite. The wedding was planned at Kaaradgi Eranna temple and I was told how to reach; Dharwad-Shiggaon-Kaaradgi or Dharwad-Savanur-Kaaradgi.

December 9, 2012
Earlier during the day we had stopped at Adargunchi and Budarsinghi villages to see Doddappana Gudi and Hanuman temple. We reached Kaaradgi village by 10-30. On the village outskirts, right next to the road are these herostones.

Eranna temple is about a kilometer from Kaaradgi village. Its a very popular pilgrim center in Haveri and surrounding districts.The temple seen here is the new structure. We met Pushpa and few relatives at the temple. Wedding ceremonies had started early morning. I was wondering if this cement and steel structure had replaced the ancient temple. I was relieved when Pushpa told us about the underground temple.

The underground temple is right next to the new temple. Its neglected and remains an unprotected monument. That's Shivu standing on the central dome.
I feel the temple might have been destroyed during an enemy raid. It's quite a big temple- these remains indicate a large hall, perhaps a Sabha Mantapa.

Assuming the temple had a Sabha Mantapa, we can say this is the entrance to the Antharala. Now, without the Sabha Mantapa standing this seems like the main entrance of the temple.

As I stepped into the Natya Mantapa, we could 3 Garbhagudi which means this temple is a Trikutachala Standing in the Natya Mantapa  we are looking at the east-facing Garbhagudi. The inside was dusty but there was evidence of efforts to keep the place tidy. The pillars are basically squares with 16 sided fluted sections in the middle and top portion are circular sections. Architecture is similar to Bankapur Nagareshwara temple.

Shiva Linga in the east-facing Garbhagudi,

The temple is not really simple. Notice the Jaalandra flanking the door, as seen from inside the Garbhagudi.

This is the entrance to the south-facing Garbhagudi.

South-facing Garbhagudi as seen from the Antharala. Notice the elaborate sculptures decorating the door frame.

This is the north-facing Garbahgudi. As you see it's badly damages and the roof has collapsed completely.

I wish ASI takes care of this temple ruins and declare it a protected monument.

Wedding rituals were over and the newly wedded couple were getting ready for the reception. We had to wait for some time until the couple were onstage. While we wait we could check out the open air museum - that's what we chose to call but in reality it is a place for visitors to sit. We could see people sitting, having lunch and one or two lying down. Obviously these are parts of the temple we saw earlier.

In the center of the museum is this beautiful Basavanna. Unlike Basavanna seen at most places this one is not a calf, he seems like a grown up ox.

Remains of columns. The museum also has a herostone bearing a Kannada inscription (see inset).

Modern art work competes with ancient art work and looses out miserably. These cement & steel statue cant be more than 10 years old.

This video made by Malatesh shows the temple ruins better.

Done with the temple ruins and museum, we freshened up and head to the reception hall. After a few minutes of wait, we wished the couple and head to the lunch room. We were famished! Lunch was excellent, we relished the items. It was time to leave, said bye to Pushpa and her family.

We head towards Savanur with two things on mind; show Baobab trees to Malatesh and buy Savanur khara. A street vendor at Savanur suggested Shivalal angadi. We navigated the narrow streets of Svanur and found it easily. There it is Shivalal Savanur Khara and Sweet Mart.

We bought some Savanur khara and a sweet which the shopkeeper called Khambargatta. The sweet was in the form of slabs and extremely hard and brittle. The shopkeeper used a heavy steel object to break them. Done with shopping we head to Dodda Hunashe Matha to see the 3 baobab trees of Savanur, the only trees in Karnataka perhaps, India.

Kaaradgi Eranna temple coordinates: 15°2'37"N   75°18'15"E
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