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Galaganatha is a small village located in Haveri Taluk and Haveri District, North Karnataka.

It has a famous temple called Galageshwara Shiva Temple[1] built by chalukyas. This large temple faces east and is situated along the Tungabhadra river. The rivers Tunga and Varada join at this place.



Galaganatha was formerly known as Palluni. The Galageshwara temple[2] in Chalukya style of architecture was built around the 11th century.

Sri Venkatesh Galaganath (Kadambari Pitamaha) worshiped here, and he wrote he his novels at Galageshwara temple premises.

Galageshwara temple

Galageshwara Temple at Galaganatha, North Karnataka Shiva Linga, Galageshwara Temple at Galaganatha, North Karnataka Galageshwara Temple at Galaganatha

The temple faces to east and it is situated along the Tungabhadra river. the temple consists of a huge Shiva Linga in a closed hall; it is called Sparsha linga.[3] The temple has an unusual pyramidal basement and a large open hall. The Gopura (tower) is decorated with plain architectural elements while the wall panels of the back of the hall have some fine decorations. The interior has numerous niches containing figural sculpture including Ganesha.

Ganesha, Galageshwara Temple at Galaganatha, North Karnataka


Inscription in Kannada, Galageshwara Temple at Galaganatha, North Karnataka

A large inscription slab in the open hall of Galageshwara temple dates from AD 1080 and records a grant to the God Galageshvara. The date gives an indication of the era when the temple was built.

The inscription here informs about the prevalence of the tradition of dance and music. The high state of development which the art of music had reached in the 11th century A.D. can be gathered from an inscription of Chalukya king Vikramaditya from Galaganath,[4] Haveri Taluk and Haveri District, North Karnataka, which mentions a certain Mokhari Barmmayya, a musician of high order, titled Battisaraga-bahu-kala-Brahma meaning skilled in 32 ragas.

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