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A Memorable Walk in Lakkundi

By: Akshatha Vinayak

It is a proud matter to see many ancient architectures in every nook and corner of India. That shows the talent and knowledge our ancestors had which serves as an excellent example to this day. Lakkundi is a blessing in disguise for those who love to explore historical sites.

Lohigundi which later became Lokki Gundi is now Lakkundi! Every sculpture, pillar and temple have a tale to tell which is exciting to know. Around 50 temples, 101 step wells and 29 inscriptions preserved in this serene village depicts the importance of this place.

Lakkundi Temple

Nanneshwara Temple
Photo Courtesy: Manjunath Doddamani Gajendragad

The ornately carved temples make us awe-struck by its detailing. Lakkundi is also known for Jain temples (Basadis). Among several basadis, Brahma Jinalaya is one of the popular Jain temples in the village.

Step wells are another interesting sites to explore in Lakkundi. The artistically built step wells indicate to the water storage systems of those times. One look at the depth of these step wells is enough to feel its grandeur. Musukina Bavi, Chateer Bavi and Kanne Bavi are some of the must-visit stepwells in Lakkundi.

Jinalaya

Jinalaya
Photo Courtesy: Dineshkannambadi

Trikuteshwara Shive Temple, Lakshminarayana Temple, Manikeshwara Temple, Virabhadra Temple, Halagunda Basavanna Temple and many more temples await your attention here. The Chalukhya and the Hoysala architecture rule the roost here.

While at Lakkundi, don't miss out on the Jain Basadis which have been a great inspiration for the ancient Kannada poet like Ranna!

Kashi Vishweshwara

Kashi Vishweshwara Temple
Photo Courtesy: Dineshkannambadi

How to Reach Lakkundi

Lakkundi is well connected by road from Gadag or Koppal. Several buses ply from Gadag to Lakkundi on a daily basis. It is also accessible from Koppal which is around 53km. Gadag Railway Station is the nearest one to Lakkundi.

Discovering the remnants of a bygone era in this special village of Lakkundi is worth your time. Intricate carvings in each temple depict the knowledge of the artisans. The usage of sandstone in one of the basadis is a masterpiece in its own right.

Stepped Well

Stepped Well
Photo Courtesy: Dineshkannambadi

Lakkundi, though an offbeat place in Karnataka, is no less than other popular places. Around 96km from Lakkundi is the famous Hampi, which gets tourists from across the world. This ancient and rich heritage of Lakkundi is the one to be revered and protected!

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