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|Lakkundi in Gadag District|
|• Total||4,656 km2 (1,798 sq mi)|
|• Density||209/km2 (540/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Sex ratio||.969 ♂/♀|
|Climate||Tropical Wet and Dry (Köppen)|
|Precipitation||631 millimetres (24.8 in)|
Gadag District is located in Karnataka, India. The Gadag District formed in 1997,when it split off from the Dharwad District. As of 2011, the Gadag District had a population of 971,952 (of which 35.21% became urban as of 2001).  The overall population increased by approximately 13.14% in the 1991–2001 decade. The Gadag District borders the Bagalkot District on the north, the Koppal District on the east, the Bellary District on the southeast, the Haveri District on the southwest, the Dharwad District on the west, and by Belgaum District on the northwest. The core area of the Gadag District is Kalyani Chalukyas, which holds many monuments (mainly Shiva temples, Jain Basadis), includes Kalyani Chalukyas history, propagated Jainism, and built temples known for architectural beauty. Gadag district is regulated by the seven following taluks: Gadag-Betgeri, Ron, Shirhatti, Nargund, Lakshmeshwar, Gajendragad and Mundargi.
Historical places in Gadag District
Presence of 11th–12th centuries, Kalyani Chalukyas monuments in the city indicate its historic past. The Temple of Veera Narayana and Trikuteshwara are places of religious and historic importance. Jumma Masjid it consists Hindu Muslim trust. There are two main Jain temples are dedicated to Parshvanatha Thirthankara and Mahaveera.
- Trikuteshwara temple complex
The Trikuteshwara temple was built by the early Chalukyas between 6th to 8th Centuries. The temple bears rich evidence of the majesty of Chalukya Architecture. The temple is dedicated to Saraswathi, Goddess of learning. It is a wonderful structure with its fine architectural beauty.
- Veeranarayana Temple
The legend goes to say that Naranappa better known as Kumaravyasa narrated the great epic before the lord by invoking the blessings of the Lord. The legend says that Naranappa got the inspiration to narrate the epic only during the time he sat before the Lord in a holy posture in a wet cloth dried up. A Brindavan of saint Raghavendra Swami is also built recently in the temple premises. This temple attracts thousands of devotees throughout the year. It is believed that the Veeranarayana Temple was built in the 11th Century. This is a 12th Century Mutt founded by Saint Tontada Siddalingeshwar Swamiji who was an accomplished Yogi. His Samadhi is situated in front of this Mutt.
- Jumma Masjid
The Historic Jumma Masjid is the place where 600 Muslim devotees can offer prayers at a time in the seventeenth, eighteenth centuries, Gadag came under the influence of Mohammada Kings, then Marathas, before being incorporated in to East India Company.
Lakshmeshwara is in the Shirahatti taluk. It is known for historical Hindu, Jain temples and Jumma Masjid. At Lakshmeshwara there is a Someshwara temple complex with so many Shiva temples in side the fort like compound.
Kalyani Chalukyas monuments at Sudi includes Jodi Gopura temple, Mallikarjuna temple, Large Ganesha, Nandi statues, and NagaKunda.
Lakkundi is about 12 km from Gadag. It was once the capital city of Great Chalukyan kings. Lakkundi is famous for 101 stepped wells (called Kalyani or Pushkarni), the multitude of Temples of architectural beauty and the Jain Basadi's. There is sculpture gallery maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Historical Shivaji Fort on Hill and Kalakaleshwara temple
Harti (Gadag district) has many ancient and modern Hindu temples. Shri Basaveshwara Temple and its Jatra (festival) that will be held on last Monday of Shravana Masa is great. It is amazing to watch the procession of Dhyamamma statue on this festival day. There are other ancient temples such as the Parvati Parameshwara temple (Uma Maheshwara Temple) with ancient stone carvings from Chalukya regime.
Kotumachagi is at the distance of about 22 km from Gadag in this village famous for Someswar temple and Hazarat-Zindashav-Ali darga and Durgadevi temple. This temple Darga is taken care by both Muslim and Hindus without any discrimination of caste. Agriculture is a major occupation in this village. Famous poet Chamarasa, who wrote Prabulingalile, is said to be wrote this famous epic sitting near the lake situated between Someshwara temple and Darga. His birthplace is Narayanapura located at a distance of about one kilometre. This village had an Agrahara where Sanskrit classes used to take place.
Hombal, a village at distance of 12 km from Gadag famous for its old temples.
Ron has Many historical monuments, those include Anantsayee Gudi, Isvara Gudi Near Anantsayee Gudi, Isvara Temple, Kala Gudi, Lokanatha Temple, Mallikarjuna Gudi, Parsvanath Jain Temple, and Somlingesvara Temple Near Tank.
Kurtakoti is about 16 km from Gadag is famous for Shri Ugra narsimha temple, Dattatreya temple, Virupakhshalinga temple, Rama temple and Allam Prabhu Mutt. The idols of Sri Rama, Lakshmana and Sita were installed by famous saint Shri BrahmaChaitanya Maharaj. Kirtinath Kurtakoti, famous critic, Shripad Shastri Kurtakoti famous Keertanakar are also from this place. Agriculture is a major occupation in this village.
Place famous for 1857 revoult. Baba saheb (Bhaskar Rao Bhave) fought against British. It also has a fort dating back to 17th century.
- Doni Tanda
Doni tanda is one of the gateway to Kappatagiri hill ranges(well known for wind power generation).Doni Tanda is about 24 km from Gadag. The people stay here are 'LAMBHANI'.These people celebrate festivals like 'Dasara','Holi' and 'Diwali' in their own style of culture and with passion.This village also includes beautiful temples with the name of God 'SEWALAL' and Goddess 'MARIYAMMA'.
Beladhadi is about 10 km from Gadag is famous for Shri Rama Temple. The idols of Sri Rama, Lakshmana and Sita are of unique beauty and were installed by famous saint Shree Brahmananda Maharaj.
- Antur Bentur
Antur Bentur is about 23 km from Gadag is famous for Shri Jagadguru Budimahaswamigala Sanstan math Antur Bentur – Hosalli. The Shri Jagadguru Budimahaswamigalu lived 775 years. This temple(matha) is taken care by both Muslim and Hindus without any discrimination of caste. Agriculture is a major occupation in this village.
According to the 2011 census Gadag district has a population of 1,065,235, roughly equal to the nation of Cyprus or the US state of Rhode Island. This gives it a ranking of 426th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 229 inhabitants per square kilometre (590 /sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 9.61%. Gadag has a sex ratio of 978 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 75.18%.
Magadi Bird Sanctuary
Magadi Bird Sanctuary: Magadi Bird Sanctuary created at The Magadi tank, It is one of the Biodiversity hotspots of Karnataka, in North Karnataka. The Magadi tank is located in Magadi village of Shirhatti Taluk, Gadag District. From Gadag it is 26 km, it is located on Gadag-Bangalore Road, from Shirhatti it is 8 km, and from Lakshmeshwar 11 km.
Bar headed goose : is one of the bird migrates to Magadi wetlands of Gadag District, North Karnataka. Normally birds eat fish, amphibians, molluscs, snakes etc., but Migratory birds eating agricultural produce is both interesting and curious too. winter habitat is on cultivation, it feeds on barley, rice and wheat and damage crops.
Poets Kumaravyasa and Chamarasa have become legendary by their exceptional works Mahabharata and Prabhulingaleele respectively. Kumaravyasa is one of the most famous poets in the Kannada language. He is the author of Karnata Bharatha Kathamanjari (classic Mahabharatha in Kannada). Kumara Vyasa literally means Little Vyasa or Son of Vyasa. Naranappa popularly known as Kumaravyasa born in the nearby village of Koliwada.
- Hindustani singer Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, the renowned Hindustani musician Bharat Ratna (in 2008) Pandit Bhimsen Joshi is from Gadag.
- Rajguru Guruswami Kalikeri
- Anant Koppar, a technocrat businessman from Gadag, North Karnataka. He was the Founder President of Kshema Technologies, one of India's first venture capital funded software services companies. He has currently started a new company called KTwo Technology Solutions.
- Sunil Joshi (Cricketer)
- Neelamma Malligwad (International Cyclist she's from Neelgund)
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Personalities like Huilgol Narayana Rao and Shankar Rao Kampli and Marthandarao Nargundkar and their followers contributed to India's freedom struggle. Azad Hind Seva Dal the famous organisation for Freedom struggle was founded by at Gadag and their mention can still be seen on the doors of the famous Jod Maruthi temple near Trikuteshwara temple. Astrologer and mathematician Sridharacharya belonged to Nargund who wrote famous book Leelavati. →shri R.K.Malode teacher of mathematics in S M Bhoomaraddi College, Gajendragad.
The person responsible modernisation and its economic prosperity, it was late Shri K.H. Patil. The sprawling textile mills, Farmers' Co-operative Oil-seeds and Rural Technical and Engineering Colleges in Hulkoti are testimony to this. Gadag Coop Spinning Mills, Hulkoti, Farmers' Coop Spinning Mills Hulkoti. Agricultural Science Foundation is the pioneer organisation for serving the farming community of the district. The Foundation was established during the year 1981. The Foundation is also running the Krishi Vigyan Kendra Project since 1985. The Foundation got national award for its KVK Project during the 2004–05.
M.M.Nargundkar was the seniour co-op leader.Though be belongs to Brahmin community, he was founder of Sri.Jagdadamba co-op credit socity,in which major share holders are ssk people.
Wind power generation
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|Dharwad district||Koppal district|
|Haveri district||Bellary district|