Sharana Basaveshwara Temple also known as Sabhamandapa, is located in Gulbarga. It is a sacred place dedicated to Saint Basaveshwara, who is identified as a teacher, philosopher, and enlightened being who made several significant contributions to society, under the wing of Hinduism. Built-in the twelfth century by the Lingayat saint Sharana Basaveshwara, this temple is a marvel of Hindu stone carvings.
The pillars, walls and towers of the site are covered with intricate carvings of Hindu gods, goddesses, demigods, damsels, animals and events from local lore. The temple stands out because of its characteristically unique style of construction that was not common at the time. The Car festival of the Sharana Basaveshwara Temple is a must-visit. The silver cover of the deity and the sandalwood artefacts of the temple are taken out on the procession, giving you an exceptional insight into the various practices of the region. The temple also serves free meals to all pilgrims irrespective of religion – enjoy the local delicacies as you partake in this celebrated tradition!
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