The Mahakuta group of temples ,which is well known for it's Shaiva monastery, is located in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka. The temples date back to the 6th or 7th centuries CE and were constructed by the early kings of the Chalukya dynasty of Badami. Mahakuta is a place of religious and historic significance. The temples here are in the Badami Chalukyan style, reflecting the designs of temples in Aihole. The Mahakuta complex has provided historians two important 7th century inscriptions which makes it a historically relevant spot. The most important temple here is the Mahakuteshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has a Shivalinga in the shrine topped by a curvilinear tower. In the temple courtyard, there are several other small temples as well. The walls are beautifully carved with the various forms of Lord Shiva.