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Lakshmeshwara
ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೇಶ್ವರ
Someshwara temple complex at Lakshmeshwara
Someshwara temple complex at Lakshmeshwara
Lakshmeshwara is located in Karnataka
Lakshmeshwara
Lakshmeshwara
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 15°08′N 75°28′E / 15.13°N 75.47°E / 15.13; 75.47Coordinates: 15°08′N 75°28′E / 15.13°N 75.47°E / 15.13; 75.47
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Gadag
Taluk Shirahatti
Lok Sabha Constituency Haveri
Elevation 634 m (2,080 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 33,411
Languages
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 582 116
Vehicle registration KA 26

Lakshmeshwara (Kannada: ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೇಶ್ವರ )is a town in Shirahatti taluk, Gadag district, in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is about 50 km from Gadag and 55 km from Hubli.[1] Lakshmeshwara is an agricultural trading town.

There are many important temples in this historic town, including the Shiva temple, the "Someshwara Temple". There are two historical Jain temples (Sannabasadi and Shankabasadi) in the town, as well as its notable Jamma Masjid. Lakshmeshwara is also home for many shrines, a dargah, the Kodiyellamma temple, the Mukha Basavanna shrine, and a gigantic idol of Suryanarayana.

History[edit]

Someshwara temple at Lakshmeshwara, Karnataka
Kannada inscriptions at Someshwara temple complex at Lakshmeshwara, Karnataka

Lakshmeshwara is famous for prolific culture and literature. It is a place with rich heritage in Karnataka hence it is called as Tirulugannada Nadu. Many kings have patronised the place.

Lakshmeshwar or ancient Huligere or Puligere[2] was the capital of Puligere-300.[3] Puligere means pond of tigers. There are theories of the origin of the name Lakshmeshwara:[citation needed] from King Lakshmanarasa who was ruling Puligere or from the temple called Lakshmi-Lingana gudi, which means the temple of Lakshmi.

Other names include Purigere, Porigere, Purikanagar and Pulikanagar.

Adikavi Pampa wrote his famous poetry in Lakshmeshwara.

Many Jain saints and writers have flourished here.[3] They include Devachakra Bhattaraka, Shankanacharya, Hemadevacharya, Padmasena, Tribhuvana Chandra Padmita and Rama Dvacharya.

Kannada inscriptions[edit]

At the Someshwara temple complex, there are many Kannada inscription.[4] Over 50 stone inscriptions (records) show the cultural importance.

  • The Kannada (Kannadiga) poet Kayasena of Mulgund, who wrote in the Bharmamrita, was a disciple of Narendrasena II of the Lakshmeshwar inscription of 1081.
  • Lakshmeshwar inscription of the reign of Jagadekamella II.
  • Two Jain Inscription of Mulgund and Lakshmeshwar
  • The Lakshmeshwar inscriptions (in Kannada dated January 13, 735), during 733–744 CE Vikramaditya II was the son of King Vijayaditya who ascended the Badami Chalukyas throne following the death of his father.

Jainism[edit]

Jainism related to Lakshmeshwara has long history.[5]

  • At Lakshmeshwara, during the period of Kirtivarma II, the Jinalaya built by Kumkuma Mahadevi.
  • Kalyani Chalukyas most important Jinalayas Brahma Jinalaya at Lakkundi, Charantimatha at Aihole and Sankha Jinalya at Lakshmeswar. The Sankha Jinalaya at Lakshmeshwara is dedicated to Neminatha (as per many inscriptions this was an important Jinalaya). Sendraka Durgashakti, a feudatory of Pulakesi II is said to have given gifts to this temple. An inscription of Vinayaditya (dated 686 A.D.) refers to a grant to Jain acharya of Devagana and mulasangha.
  • Epigraph dated 729 A. D. of Vijayaditya mentions a grant to Niravadya Pandita who was to house pupil of Sri Pujyapada. Another inscription of Vikramaditya II (dated 734 A. D.) mentions gifts to Sweta Jinalaya.
  • The Jaina monument of the Rashtrakuta period found Lakshmeshwar.

Islamic rulers[edit]

Laxmeshwar has shrines of saints(dargahs) During the rule of Adilshahi (Bijapur Sultanate), a dargah and mosque were built. The Kali Masjid and fort here are an ornate structures, built by Bijapur commander Ankush Khan.He also started the tradition of fakir swamy at Shirahatti by giving bhiksha to desai who was first to be fakir swamy. ANKUS KHAN title also known as syed lal shah baz bukhari was also a saint whose dargah is at manjalapur near laxmeshwar where thousands of pilgrims visitevery month.Every year urus is performed by there direct lenial descendant dr d b peerzade and family. Also the shrines of saint hazarath syed malik sadat and syed miskinshawali are there in laxmeshwar,n urus is also performed by dr d b peerzade n family.

Someshwara temple complex[edit]

mantapa (hall) with lathe turned pillars at Someshwara temple at Lakshmeshwara, Karnataka
Sikhara over shrine, Someshwara temple at Lakshmeshwara, Karnataka
Open well at Someshwara temple complex at Lakshmeshwara, Karnataka
Open well at Someshwara temple complex at Lakshmeshwara, Karnataka

The most important monument at Lakshemshwar is the Someshwara temple complex (11th century).[6] The temple complex with three main entrances is surrounded by high walls look like a fort. It is a splendid specimen of Chalukya architecture.

In middle of the temple complex, there is a Someshwara temple, surrounded by many small temples mainly dedicated to Shiva, along the compound wall, built with granite, some halls in the complex meant for resting devotees.

Someshwara temple[edit]

Someshwara temple with the traditional structures of a temple includes a garbha griha, an ardha mantapa or halfway hall, a navaranga and a mukha mantapa or entrance porch.

The Nandi and Shiva Parvati idols in the temple are exquisitely sculpted. These idols are referred to as Saurashtra Someshwara, as these idols were brought by a Shiva devotee from Saurashtra and installed at Lakshmeshwara.

Open well[edit]

In side the Someshwara temple complex, behind the temple there is an open well, meant mainly for the use of the temple.

Jain Basadis[edit]

Newly built Jain temple at Lakshmeshwara, Karnataka

Lakshmeshwara is one of the ancient Jain centres. Many Jain temples are mentioned in the inscriptions.[3]

Shanka Basadi[edit]

Historical Jain temple at Lakshmeshwara, Karnataka

Of the two historical Jinalayaa at Lakshmeswar, the more famous is Sankha Jinalaya, also called Sahasrakuta Jinalaya,[3] in the BastiBana area. This takes back the history of Lakeshmeshwara to the 8th century; though the temple is in Chalukya style it has undergone many modifications and renovations.

Neminath (Shankha is the symbol of Neminath), the 22nd Jain thirthankara, is the presiding deity of this Jain Basadi.

Basadi, which consists of a Garbhagriha, a large Ardhamandapa, larger Mahamandapa and a Rangamandapa.

  • The rangamandapa has three entrances (south, north and west). It has a chaturmukha structure in diminutive model, each of which carries three figures. it has a rekhanagara sikhara. The unique feature of this temple is the Sahasrakuta Jinabimba in minute form.
  • There is a Manasthamba erected in front of the temple.
  • There are ventilated walls in front of the temple, whereas yakshas and yakshis can be found in the other walls. There are many splendid carvings of dancers and musicians.
  • Inside the temple one can find the rare monolithic piece of Sahasra Jinabimbas (SahastraKut Jinalay) and the idols of Dharnendra and Padmavathi.
  • Many mutilated Jain idols can be found on the wall of a well nearby.
  • Adikavi Pampa wrote Adi Purana, seated in this Basadi.
  • Basadi is in ruins and renovated; it presents the interest of the Kalyani Chalukyas in Jain architecture.

The other Jinalaya there is a Trikuta dedicated to 'Anantanatha.

Ananthanatha basadi[edit]

Another Jain temple at Lakshmeshwara is the Ananthanatha Basadi, built in AD 1250, which is in the middle of the town. This Basadi is an example of the Chalukya style of architecture. The idol of Ananthanatha, one of the 24 Thirthankars, is installed in the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine.

Islamic monuments[edit]

Jumma Masjid at Lakshmeshwara, Karnataka
Jumma Masjid at Lakshmeshwara, Karnataka
Jumma Masjid at Lakshmeshwara, Karnataka
Jumma Masjid at Lakshmeshwara, Karnataka

During Adilshahi rule (Bijapur Sultanate), they built monuments like Masjid, Darga. They adapted the Indo-Saracenic architectural style. The Jumma Masjid and Ankushkhan Darga are very attractive.

Jumma Masjid[edit]

At Lakshmeshwar there is an artistically raised mosque (masjid) in the style of a Hindu temple[7] of Adilshahi times.

The Jumma Masjid at Lakshmeshwara which dates back to the time of the Adilshahi rule. The mosque was built in 1617 by Ankush Khan. Jumma Masjid is constructed in Indo-Saracenic style. The massive doors of the mosque are like a fort entrance. The mosque has two tall minars and a large semicircular dome. There are Dravidian style chains hanging across the ceiling of the mosque.

Historical Dargha[edit]

Dargha at Lakshmeshwara, Karnataka
Dargha at Lakshmeshwara, Karnataka

Ankushkhan Darga named after Ankushkhan of Bijapur. The Dargha isapp about one km from the KSRTC bus stand Lakshmeshwar at manjalapur. (he was nobel man of aadil shahi period & descendant of gujrati sayed's his dargah known as syed laal shabaaz bukhari rehmatullah alai). It is as old as Jumma Masjid. It is constructed in Indo-Saracenic architecture style. this daragah is managed by direct lenial descendants sayed shah soofisab bukhari urf Dr dada pacha baba saheb peerzade and family.

Geography[edit]

Lakshmeshwar is at 15°08′N 75°28′E / 15.13°N 75.47°E / 15.13; 75.47.[8] It has an average elevation of 634 metres (2080 feet).

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[9] Lakshmeshwar had a population of 33,411. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Lakshmeshwar has an average literacy rate of 62%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 70%, and female literacy is 53%. In Lakshmeshwar, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Also visit[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Karnataka, The Tourist Paradise". Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  3. ^ a b c d "LAKSHMESHWARA". Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Full text of "EPIGRAHIA INDICA VOL 16" , LAKSHMESHWAR". Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  5. ^ "Jaina Monuments in North Karnataka". by Dr. A. V. Narasimha Murthy. Retrieved 2009-03-17. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Attention please!, Deccan herald". Deccan herald. Retrieved 2009-02-10. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Karnataka, The Tourist Paradise". Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  8. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Lakshmeshwar
  9. ^ "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.