Nanneshwara Temple Details, Lakkundi

Lakkundi is geographically located between two well known World Heritage Sites of India; Hampi at south and Pattadakal at north. Tourists hop from one heritage site to the other and Lakkundi is most often missed or ignored. Sparing some time for this little town of Lakkundi will surely benefit all temple lovers. This little town is scattered with almost 50 temples oozing with architectural beauty dating from Kalyana Chalukya period of 10th century AD.

The entrance

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Meticulous carvings on the doorways, walls and towers arrest my attention, each motif is different. A visit during broad day light will help to take good pictures. The interiors where the Linga is placed is dark, there are not much carvings in the interiors compared to exteriors.

The heavy circular pillars were made with some kind of lathe. This temple is small compared to the one its south which is the Grand Kashi Vishwanatha temple. Today these temples are protected well and fenced all around, but in terms of promoting these temples for tourism nothing much is being done.

From Bangalore 437 KM
Route : Bangalore-Chitradurga-Haveri-Gadag-Lakkundi.

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21 Responses

  1. Nanneshwara Temple…
    Beautiful Presentation!!
    Lovely Pictures!!
    With All Best Wishes!!!

  2. magiceye says:

    hidden gem! thank you for sharing

  3. now that you have shown it, it would be teeming with nikon-toting tourists 🙂

  4. These places of solitude seem dark and mysterious. For structures this ancient to exist through to modern times is a testament to the ingenuity of the design.

  5. Sylvia K says:

    What a wonderful hidden delight! Marvelous captures and fascinating history as always, Indrani! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!


  6. ladyfi says:

    Wow- such ancient beauty and history! Lovely.

  7. Carver says:

    I love the columns. They are very beautiful. Interesting how the exterior is more ornate than the interior. I enjoyed the tour.

  8. George says:

    Thanks for sharing this impressive temple with us.

  9. Hazel says:

    Those pillars look enchanting. It's great you pointed out places like this that are missed by tourists.

  10. Joop Zand says:

    I like this very much….
    well done again.

    greetings, Joop

  11. Sreisaat says:

    It's so mysterious! I feel like grabbing my flashlight and go explore the temple 🙂 I noticed that one of the pillars is "shiny" compared to the rest. I wonder if that is because people touch it a lot of times?

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  12. Krishna says:


    Beautiful photos

    and narration

  13. Rajesh says:

    The details of the place are amazing.

  14. Ebie says:

    Ancient beauty. I love the artistic details of the pillars.

  15. It is a nice place to visit one day.

  16. How beautiful, Indrani. I shudder to think of it full of North American tourists.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  17. Wren says:

    It sounds like there are a lot of treasures to be discovered and explored in India. In some ways, it's nice that not everything has been promoted for tourism, but of course there are other ways in which that's very beneficial.

    That top photo is great – it gives a real sense of perspective and also an idea of how dark the inside is.

  18. Pietro says:

    I like so much the rich details of this wonderful architecture. Really nice and interesting, Indrani.

  19. Reader Wil says:

    Thank you for finding those amazingly built temples. They are so important for our generation.

  20. Leovi says:

    A wonderful set with beautiful frames, lovely and crisp colors. A great work of humanity. A greeting.

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