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Doddabasappa Temple at Dambal, 12th century CE
Doddabasappa Temple at Dambal, 12th century CE
Dambal is located in Karnataka
Dambal is located in India
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 15°19′41″N 75°48′37″E / 15.32806°N 75.81028°E / 15.32806; 75.81028Coordinates: 15°19′41″N 75°48′37″E / 15.32806°N 75.81028°E / 15.32806; 75.81028
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Gadag District
Taluk Mundargi
Lok Sabha Constituency Koppal
 • Body Gram panchayat
Elevation 590 m (1,940 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 10,095
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
ISO 3166 code IN-KA
Vehicle registration KA 26
Website karnataka.gov.in

Dambala (Kannada: ಡಂಬಳ ) is a village in the gadag district of the state of Karnataka, India. It was an ancient center of Buddhism and remained so as late as the 12th century.[1] Dambal is at an elevation of 590 m (1,940 ft).[2]


As of 2001 India census, Dambala had a population of 10,095 with 5,166 males and 4,929 females and 1,815 Households.[3]


Under the rule of the Mauryas and Satavahana, the teachings of Buddha flourished in Karnataka. Buddhist relics are found scattered around the town.[4]

In a temple of the Buddhist deity Tara in Dambal, there is an inscription dated 1095 AD, a temple built by 16 merchants for the deity Tara and a vihara for Buddhist monks. Although Buddhism was assimilated by the growing popularity of Hinduism, there was a Buddhist centre in Dambal as late as the 12th century.[5]

Doddabasappa Temple[edit]

Doddabasappa Temple at Dambal, 12th century CE

There are three Hindu temples here. The Doddabasappa Temple is of the Western Chalukya architectural style and has a star-shaped plan for the vimana with so many star points that it almost becomes circular in appearance.[6]

Each right angle is divided into four 22.5 degrees angles. Then each angle is again divided and covered with intricate carvings.[7]

Twenty-four pointed stellate plan of vimana of Dodda Basappa Temple in Dambal, North Karnataka, 12th century CE


Recently discovered the temple well locals call it as Jappadbavi

Kappata gudda[edit]

Kappata gudda hill is very near to Dambal, the famous Kappata Malleshwara Temple is about 5 miles from Dambal.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "The Buddhist Legacy – Buddhism in Karnataka". Retrieved 2006-12-18. 
  2. ^ "Dambal, India Page". Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  3. ^ "Census of India: View Population Details". Censusindia.gov.in. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  4. ^ "Kamat Research Database - Buddhist System of Education". Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  5. ^ "The Buddhist Legacy". Retrieved 2007-03-12. 
  6. ^ "Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent". Retrieved 2006-12-18. 
  7. ^ "Dodda Basappa temple - 12th century". Retrieved 2006-12-19.