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While searching for information about Belgaum’s history and monuments around Belgaum city and in the district, it was amazing to find 36 monuments under the protection archeological survey of India.

Degaon near Kittur
Degaon near Kittur

Many of these monuments have been under protection from 1910.

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Like the Belgaum fort – Old Jain temple (Kmal Basti), Jain temple outside the Commissariat store yard and remains of an old Hindu Temple.

Degaon (Kittur) – Temple known as Bastigudi

Huli – Temple of Panchlingdev

Konnur – Ruined temple

Wakkund – Jain temple of Mukteshwar

Nanandgad (Khanapur) – Old Jain temple in the jungle

Take a look at the list of the 36 monuments listed on the ASI website which are stated to be under their protection.

ASI
Dharwad Circle, Karnataka

Sl. No.

Name of Monument / Sites

Location

1.

Western Chalukyan inscription (Saka 1015) in the temple of Banashankari

Asundi

2.

Two Ratta inscriptions of Chieftains one of which is dated Saka 1086 in ancient Siva temple

Bailhongal

3.

Kadamba inscription dated Kaliyuga 4292

Bailur

4.

Fragmentary Western Chalukyan inscription (Saka 992) in the temple of Virabhadradev

Belavadi

5.

Old Jaina temple in the corner of the Commissariat store yard (Kamala Basti)

Belgaum fort

6.

Old Jain temple outside the Commissariat storeyard

Belgaum fort

7.

Remains of an old Hindu temple near the barracks

Belgaum fort

8.

Safa Masjid

Belgaum fort

9.

Old Kanarese or Telugu Inscriptions about (15th cent. AD ) in the ancient temple of Isvara

Degalavalli

10.

Temple known as Bastigudi with four Kadamba inscription, two of which are dated Kaliyuga 4275 (1174 AD)

Degaon

11.

Two Kadamba inscriptions dated Kaliyuga 4270 & 4272 in the temple of Varah Narasimha

Halshi

12.

Ratta tablet dated Saka 1130 and 1178 in the temple of Brahmadeva

Hannikeri

13.

Temple of Panchalingesvara

Huli

14.

Inscriptions on two Pillars of Panchalingesvara temple

Huli

15.

Western Chalukya inscription of Somesvaradeva-II (Saka 997) in the temple of Shankaradeva

Kadroli

16.

Ratta inscription (Saka 1127) in old Jaina Basti

Kadroli

17.

Kadamba inscription (Kaliyuga 4289 ) in the temple of Basava

Kittur

18.

Three groups of Dolmens

Konnur

19.

Ratta inscription (Saka 1075 ) in the temple of Mahalingesvara

Konnur

20.

Ratta inscription (Saka 1009 & 1043) in a Jaina temple

Konnur

21.

Ruined temple of perhaps 11th century

Konnur

22.

Inscription against the wall of the Panchalingdev temple of the Yadav king Singhana of Devgiri dated Saka 1145

Manoli

23.

Inscription in the temple of Udachava of Khandahara or Krishna dated Saka 1174

Manoli Fort

24.

Inscription of Sadashivadevaraya of Vijayanagar in the temple of Mallikarjuna

Murgod

25.

Old Jaina temple in the Jungle

Nandgad

26.

Inscription dated Shake 1141 of the time of Ratta Chieftain Kantavirya IV in the old temple of Basava

Nesargi

27.

Ratta inscription (Saka 1168, fragmentary) in the temple of Narayandev

Padli

28.

Ratta inscriptions dated Shake 971 & 1010 and a fragment of another dated Shake 970 in the temple of Ankusesvara

Saundatti

29.

Two inscriptions dated Shake 797 & 902 in the old Jain temple

Saundatti

30.

Jumma Masjid

Sampagaon

31.

Silahara inscriptions (Saka 1078 ) in the temple of Basavesvara

Shedbal

32.

Ratta inscription at the waterfall near the temple of Somesvara dated Shake 902

Sogal

33.

Vijayanagara inscription of Krishnadevara (Saka 1436) in Yellamma temple

Ugargol

34.

Jaina temple of Muktesvara

Wakkund

35.

Kadamba inscription dated Kaliyuga 4270 and 4283 (Saka 1082) in the temple of Basaveswar

Golihalli

36.

Group of temples at Halshi, (Suvarneshvara Temple, Ramlingeshwar Temple, Kamaleshvara Temple, Bhu-Varaha Temple and Narasimha Temple )

Khanpur, Halsi

Now that’s called a great piece of history for Belgaum.

But how many are aware of these names at least, leave the places. And what is the condition of all these is also to be seen. As this is all part of the “Governments work is God’s work” one could see only an ASI sign board near these places and no protection of any sort to the monument.bastinew

Some of the temples have been restored by the ASI like the Kamal Basti, The Halshi temple etc but these is just a few and majority lie un attended and taking the climates toll. See the Belgaum fort, no doubt Kamal basti is protected but what about the fort see the walls of the fort, one day will come when we will be forced to tell our children this was a fort with high walls.

On a frank note I personally never knew so many monuments existed, so we need to look after our heritage, if we lose this now we can’t rebuild it, it is gone.
So what can we do Belgaumites!

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4 COMMENTS

  1. We should collectively write to Archaeology dept of Karnataka Govt to maintain these heritage monuments and follow the demand.

  2. Nice photographs. Some of the photographs revealing rich antiquity of Belgaum are interesting and facinates me as I am working on a UGC sponsored research project Architectural Heritage of Belgaum Region

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