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Viranarayana Temple
Viranarayana Temple
Gadag-Betageri is located in Karnataka
Gadag-Betageri is located in India
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 15°25′00″N 75°37′00″E / 15.4167°N 75.6167°E / 15.4167; 75.6167Coordinates: 15°25′00″N 75°37′00″E / 15.4167°N 75.6167°E / 15.4167; 75.6167
Country  India
State  Karnataka
Region Bayaluseeme
District Gadag
Population (2010)
 • Total 172,813
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 582 101 & 582 102 & 582 103
Telephone code 08372
Vehicle registration KA-26

Gadag-Betageri is 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 society in Asia.

The twin city municipality is situated 80 km from Dharwad and 60 km from Hubli, and lies on the Gutti-Vasco National Highway.

Gadag style of architecture[edit]

Gadag style Ornate pillars at Sarasvati Temple, Trikuteshwara temple (complex) at Gadag

The Gadag style of Architecture[1] marked by Ornate pillars with intricate sculpture[2] 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 CE 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.

Gadag inscription[edit]

  • The 'Gadag inscription'[3] of Vikramaditya VI, records that Taila took the head of Panchala by the terror of the pride of his arm in battle.
  • The inscription[3] 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 (Satyashraya) in 1006 A.D., a Lenka Keta fell fighting at the battle of Unukallu, probably against the Cholas. An inscription',[3] dated in Saka 930 (1008 A.D.) of the reign of Satyashraya 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[3] 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 of Kalyani.


  • Printing and hand looms are the primarily main business. Majority of population dependent on agriculture.


Saraswati temple at Trikuteshwara temple complex Gadag, Karnataka
  • 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 not the tallest statue in the world. Here is the List of statues by height in the World.[4]
  • 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.
  • Durga devi tree, divotional tree worshipped by people near to ksrtc depot betageri. The tree called " Dandin durga devi". The story told about the tree from british rule.
  • 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.

Notable citizens[edit]

Freedom movement[edit]

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.
  • Brinjal and Chilly Bhajji which is available opposite to Tontadarya Math are mind blowing and mesmerizing.
  • Savaji restaurants are very famous for non-veg cuisine.


As of 2011 India census,[10] 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 females per 1000 males to females. 18,419 of the population is under 6 years of age.

Kannada is the main and widely spoken language, English and Hindi(Urdu) are also spoken and understood.



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[4]


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[edit]

  • Gadag -Pandharpur (Newly announced in Railway Budget 2014-15)
  • 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
  • Hubli - Secunderabad Express


NWKRTC Government City buses & green and black auto-rickshaws are the basic mode of transport in City.

  • Three-wheeled auto-rickshaws locally called Tum-Tum are major local transport.


Gadag has been a renowned centre of learning, with numerous schools, colleges for engineering, medicine and management studies.

There government schools and also private owned schools

In private high schools 1)k.l.e high school 2)loyal convent high school 3)saint jhons high school 4)basveshwara high school 5)gadag public high school 6)chikati high school 7)CDO jain high school 8)railway high school 9)k.h.patil 10) Shri C S Patil Boys High School


Still should be added

And if u come for pu college

1)Kvsr college 2)jt college 3)a.s.s commerce college 4)basveswara pu college 5)Govt P U College, Gadag Still to be added

For degree ug and pg 1)Kvsr college 2)jt college 3)manoram bca college 4)a.s.s college 5)Abdul kalam b.c.a college 6) Govt First Grade College, Betageri 7) RGES's College of Education, Ron

to be added

For engineering 1)sksvma college of engineering laxmeshwara

2)rural holkoti college of engineering

3)tontadary college of engineering

In medical there is government medical college


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  4. ^ a b "Karnataka News : Process on to identify land for Gadag airport: Sriramulu". The Hindu. 2008-08-16. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  5. ^ "Gadag" Retrieved September 9, 2012
  6. ^ Parvathi Menon "A movement for music" Frontline, Volume 22, Issue 12, June 4–17, 2005. Retrieved September 9, 2012
  7. ^ "Shri Ganayogi Panchakshara Gawai". Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  8. ^ 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
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