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Gadag-Betageri (Kannada: ಗದಗ-ಬೆಟಗೇರಿ) is a town and a city municipal council in Gadag district in the state of Karnataka, India. It is the administrative headquarters of Gadag District. The original city of Gadag and its sister city Betageri (or Betgeri) have a combined city administration. The municipality of Gadag-Betageri has a population of 172,813 and an area of 54.0956 km². Kanaginahal of Gadag is the birthplace of the first co-operative socity in Asia.
- 1 Gadag style of architecture
- 2 Gadag inscription
- 3 Tourism
- 4 Notable citizens
- 5 Freedom movement
- 6 Delicacies
- 7 Demographics
- 8 Healthcare infrastructure
- 9 Transport
- 10 Education
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Gadag style of architecture
The Gadag style of Architecture marked by Ornate pillars with intricate sculpture originated during the period of the Western Chalukya (or Kalyani Chalukyas) king Someswara I, and it flourished for a period of 150 years (During 1050 to 1200 CE) during which about 50 temples were built. some of the examples are The Trikuteshwara temple (complex) at Gadag, Kasivisvesvara temple, Lakkundi, Doddabasappa Temple at Dambal, Amriteshwara temple at Annigeri.
- The 'Gadag inscription' of Vikramaditya VI, records that Taila took the head of Panchala by the terror of the pride of his arm in battle.
- The inscription reveals that the battle was fought on the bank of the Godavari & ocean river and a certain Kesava (son of Madhava), fought in the battle and won Taila’s admiration.
- At the command of Sattiga (Satyasraya) in 1006 A.D., a Lenka Keta fell fighting at the battle of Unukallu, probably against the Cholas. An inscription', dated in Saka 930 (1008 A.D.) of the reign of Satyasraya refers to the siege of the agrahara Kaldugu in the Belvola 300 by Desinga and the destruction of the forces because of the treachery of king Perggade.
- The inscription of Ballala recounts his victory as And by force, he, the strong one, defeated with cavalry only, and deprived of his sovereignty, the general Brahmana whose army was strengthened by an array of elephants and who acquired 60 tusked elephants with a single tuskless elephant, when, on account of an insult, he was tearing the royal fortune from the family of the Kalachuris.
- Trikuteshwara temple complex has triple shrines, once housing Shiva, Brahma and Surya. The Saraswathi temple has the finest shining decorative pillars, and the Saraswathi image, and is one of the largest examples of Chalukya art.
Someshwara and Rameshwara temples, built in the Chalukya style, are also present.
- Veeranarayana temple dates from the Chalukya era. The great Kannada poet Kumara Vyasa composed his famous Mahabharatha (known as Kumaravyasa Bharata or Gadugina Bharata) in this temple.
- A 111-foot statue of Basaveshwara at the Bhishma Lake is under construction, Once it is done, It will be the tallest Basaveshwara statue in the world here is the List of statues by height in the World.
- Gadag also has a mosque dating from the Adilshahi era and a church. Betageri has many artistic hero stones dating from the ninth and tenth centuries.
- Visit nearest famous tourist places like Lakkundi, Mahadeva Temple (Itagi), Lakshmeshwar and Dambal.
- Magadi Bird Sanctuary - It is one of the Biodiversity hotspots of Karnataka.
- Binkadakatti Zoo - A Biggest Zoo set up in North Karnataka.
- Kumara Vyasa - Gadag immediately brings to mind the name of Naranappa, popularly known as Kumara Vyasa, the author of Karnata Bharata Kathamanjari. It is the classic Mahabharata in Kannada. Naranappa was born in the nearby village of Koliwada. He composed his work sitting before Lord Veera Narayana, his chosen deity. The temples of Veera Narayana and Trikuteshwara are places of religious and historic importance.
- Ganayogi Panchakshara Gawai, visually challenged singer from Gadag. His music school Veereshwara Punyashrama  is a renowned institution in north Karnataka.
- Puttaraj Gawai, recipient of the "Padma Bushan" Award from Govt Of India, visually challenged Indian musician (classical Hindustani tradition), scholar, music teacher and social servant. A student of Ganayogi Panchakshara Gawai (above). He headed the Veereshwara Punyashrama until he died in late 2010.
- Bhimsen Joshi, Hindustani singer, recipient of the Bharat Ratna Award - Highest Civilian Honour of India
- Sunil Joshi, cricketer, born in Gadag.
- Huilgol Narayana Rao, writer of "Udayavagali namma cheluva kannada nadu" the anthem which heralded the birth of Karnataka state.
- Neelamma Malligwad, cyclist, who represented India.
- Vilas Nilgund, runner, who represented India in 100 metre sprint, and 4x100 metre.
- Anant Koppar, Technocrat Businessman. A Successful IT Leader and recipient of Rajyostava Award 2008
- Umakanthsa Merwade, A politician, businessman and member of RSS.
- Rajani Prakaash, Kannada film actor
This is also the land of great freedom fighters like Huilgol Narayana Rao and Shankar Rao Kampli who along with other freedom fighters founded "Azad Hind Seva Dal" which contributed a lot to the nations struggle for freedom.
- Girmit - Made with puffed rice, this is a mandatory snack for the visitors of Gadag, People of all age groups love this snacks.
- Brinjol and Chilly Bhajji available opposite to Tontadarya Math.
As of 2011[update] India census, Gadag-Betageri had a population of 172,813. Males constitute 86,165 of the population and females 86,648. Gadag-Betageri has an average literacy rate of 85.56%. The Sex ratio is about 1006 feamles per 1000 males to females. 18,419 of the population is under 6 years of age.
Advanced diagnostic facilities are now available in the city leading to improved patient care. The Basel Mission started the hospital in Betageri in 1902. For decades afterwards the hospital provided the only healthcare available. The Hospital is fondly called the “German” hospital by the local people, because of the German doctors who served here. The hospital is today the busiest in the district and serves as a referral centre. It is now run by Indian doctors and continues to provide quality and affordable care to its patients, who are mainly from the poor farming community in the surrounding villages. The Hospital has ICU facilities and is equipped with the latest medical technologies including CT scanat very affordable price. Private sector Gadag Scan Centre has state of art diagnostic facilities like CT scan, ultrasound with colour doppler, endoscopy, radiography and pathology lab with 24 hours emergency service.
Hubli Airport is the nearest airport, which is about 60 km from Gadag, And future plans are running from Karnataka Government to set up A small Airport in Gadag to serve for the twin city Of Gadag-Betageri, It will be named As Gadag Airstrip
Gadag comes under the South Western Railway zone of the Indian Railways, Gadag is a Junction station on Hubli-Hospet-Guntukal railway line. It connects to Hotgi junction on Pune-Solapur-Wadi railway line. Major tourist centres like Badami and Bijapur lie on the Gadag-Hotgi railway line. The Gadag-Hotgi railway track was converted from metre gauge to broad gauge in stages and completed in December 2008.
'=== Gadag buses & Trains ===
- Bangalore-Hubli Hampi Express
- Tirupati-Kolhapur Haripriya Express
- Bangalore-Solapur Golgumbaz Express
- Hyderabad-Kolhapur Express
- Solapur-Hubli Express
- Howrah-Vasco Amaravathi Express
- Vijayawada-Hubli Express
- Mysore-Shirdi Express
- Yesvantpur-Ahmedabad Express
- Yesvantpur-Ajmer Express
- Yesvantpur-Jodhpur Express
Gadag is well connected by roads to all major cities like Hubli, Bellary, Bangalore, Hospet & Bijapur. NH-63 Passes through the city. NWKRTC Government City buses & Three-wheeled, green and black auto-rickshaws are the basic mode of transport in City.
Gadag has been a renowned centre of learning, with many famous high schools, colleges These include:
- Jagadguru Tontadarya College of Engineering, Gadag 
- Rural Engineering College, Hulkoti, Gadag 
- SMT Kamala sri Venkappa M Agadi College of Engineering and Technology, Laxmeshwar, Gadag.
- Anjuman - E - Islam Polytechnic, Mulgund Road, Gadag (Est.1983)
- S.T.S.K.K Polytechnic, Gadag
- Government Medical College & Hospital, Gadag.
- DGM Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, Gadag.
- Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, Gajendragad, Gadag.
- Rajeev Gandhi Ayurvedic Medical College, Ron, Gadag.
- Shri SBS Ayurved Medical College, Mundaragi, Gadag.
- SMES Abdul Kalam College of Information Science and Management Gadag.
- Manorama College of Business Administration, Gadag.
- K L E'S J T COLLEGE OF B.B.A. Gadag.
- GCTM INDP PU COLLEGE, HULKOTI TQ; GADAG (ARTS&COM)
Premier Education Colleges
- S. A. Manvi Law College, Gadag.
- V.D.S.J.N.FINE ART COLLEGE, K.C.Rani road, Gadag.(Est. 1880)
- KLE's J.T.College, Gadag.
- A S S Commerce College, Gadag.
- Municipal College, Gadag. (Est. 1880)
- Krantiveer Sangolli Rayanna College, Gadag.
- Puttaraj Gawai's Musical College, Gadag.
- Swami vivekananda PU Science College Huloti, Gadag.
Premier Education Schools
- C.D.O Jain English Medium School
- Gadag Public School, Gadag.
- IID's Jaycee Primary and High School, Gadag Betageri.
- St. John's Primary & High School, Health camp, Gadag Betageri.
- Loyola Convent and High School, Health camp, Gadag Betageri.
- Municipal High School (Est. 1885)
- Rajasthan Jain English medium school . Gadag
- Jagdguru Tontadarya Primary School
- VDSTC Boys High School Gadag
- B.A.V. Sarvoday primory School Kalasapur road, Gadag. (Est. 2000)
- Sri Ramakarunananda English Medium School Binkadakatti, Gadag.
- Sri Rajeshwari Vidyaniketan English Medium School Hulkoti, Gadag.
- Sri Basaveshwar Prathamika School, Govt. high school Shidhalingnagar(Hudco Colony) Gadag
- Sri C S Patil high school, K C Rani Road Gadag.
- Anglo Urdu Boy's High School Gadag.
- Anglo Urdu Girl's High School Gadag.
- Bipin Chikkatti English Medium High School, Adavisomapur, Gadag
*Aman English medium high school,Idga maidan vivekanand road gadag
- GCTM INDP PU College, HULKOTI
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- "Kalyani Chalukyan & chanakya temples". Retrieved 2009-03-12.
- "CHAPTER 9. THE CALUKYAS AND THE KALACURYAS OF KALYANI. HISTORY – ANCIENT PERIOD, Chalukya" (PDF). Retrieved 10 March 2009.
- "Karnataka News : Process on to identify land for Gadag airport: Sriramulu". The Hindu. 2008-08-16. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
- "Gadag" www.nkpost.kar.nic.in. Retrieved September 9, 2012
- Parvathi Menon "A movement for music" Frontline, frontlineonnet.com. Volume 22, Issue 12, June 4–17, 2005. Retrieved September 9, 2012
- "Shri Ganayogi Panchakshara Gawai". Retrieved 6 December 2010.
- Amaresh Datta (2006). The Encyclopaedia Of Indian Literature (Volume Two) (Devraj To Jyoti) (Volume 2 ed.). Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. p. 1585. ISBN 81-260-1194-7. Retrieved September 9, 2012. Note: Google Book link
- "Islamabad-bound athletes named" Deccan Herald(on-line), March 21, 2004. Retrieved September 9, 2012
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- "Gadguru Tontadarya College"
- "Rural Engineering College"
- "Agadi Engineering College"
- "The cabinet meet gave nod for seven new government medical colleges Kodagu, Tumkur, Chitradurga, Chamarajnagar, Gadag, Koppal and Haveri. Two new government engineering colleges were also approved in Devadurga in Raichur and Chikamagalur. - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
- "DGM Ayurvedic Medical College"
- "ajeev Gandhi Ayurvedic Medical College"
- "Shri SBS Ayurved Medical College"
- "Abdul Kalam College of Information Science"
- "Manorama College of Business Administration"
- "KLE's J.T.College"
- "A S S Commerce College"
- "Krantiveer Sangolli Rayanna College"
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