Godachi

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Godachi is a pilgrim centre located near Ramdurg Taluk, Belgaum district, in the Indian State of Karnataka. Its temples include Veerabhadra, Kalamma and Maruti. It lies 14 km from Ramdurg.[1]

Etimology[edit]

The name of the place is derived from that of the plant kodachi or godachi (Zizyphus xylopyrus), which grows abundantly in the area.

Temples[edit]

The Veerabhadra Temple[1] in Vijayanagar style has a garbhagriha with a chalukyan doorway and a spacious main hall. The Veerabhadra image is of later date.[clarification needed] Marriages are held in the temple. People visit this place daily, and more on Amavasya or Poornima days. The Temple has choultries all around. The annual Jatra is held in honour of Veerabhadra in the month of December, when more than 30,000 people assemble.[2] The copper plates of Chalukya Kirti-Varman were found here. According to legend, Shivasharanas on the way to Ulvi fought a battle here. The former Jahgirdar of Torgal shinde family is the trustee of the Veerabhadra temple.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Karnataka State Gazetter, Belgaum. Bangalore: Government of Karnataka. 1987. pp. 242, 877. 
  2. ^ "Festivals of India". Pan India Network. Retrieved 3 August 2013.