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.
Many of these monuments have been under protection from 1910.
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.
Dharwad Circle, Karnataka
Name of Monument / Sites
Western Chalukyan inscription (Saka 1015) in the temple of Banashankari
Two Ratta inscriptions of Chieftains one of which is dated Saka 1086 in ancient Siva temple
Kadamba inscription dated Kaliyuga 4292
Fragmentary Western Chalukyan inscription (Saka 992) in the temple of Virabhadradev
Old Jaina temple in the corner of the Commissariat store yard (Kamala Basti)
Old Jain temple outside the Commissariat storeyard
Remains of an old Hindu temple near the barracks
Old Kanarese or Telugu Inscriptions about (15th cent. AD ) in the ancient temple of Isvara
Temple known as Bastigudi with four Kadamba inscription, two of which are dated Kaliyuga 4275 (1174 AD)
Two Kadamba inscriptions dated Kaliyuga 4270 & 4272 in the temple of Varah Narasimha
Ratta tablet dated Saka 1130 and 1178 in the temple of Brahmadeva
Temple of Panchalingesvara
Inscriptions on two Pillars of Panchalingesvara temple
Western Chalukya inscription of Somesvaradeva-II (Saka 997) in the temple of Shankaradeva
Ratta inscription (Saka 1127) in old Jaina Basti
Kadamba inscription (Kaliyuga 4289 ) in the temple of Basava
Three groups of Dolmens
Ratta inscription (Saka 1075 ) in the temple of Mahalingesvara
Ratta inscription (Saka 1009 & 1043) in a Jaina temple
Ruined temple of perhaps 11th century
Inscription against the wall of the Panchalingdev temple of the Yadav king Singhana of Devgiri dated Saka 1145
Inscription in the temple of Udachava of Khandahara or Krishna dated Saka 1174
Inscription of Sadashivadevaraya of Vijayanagar in the temple of Mallikarjuna
Old Jaina temple in the Jungle
Inscription dated Shake 1141 of the time of Ratta Chieftain Kantavirya IV in the old temple of Basava
Ratta inscription (Saka 1168, fragmentary) in the temple of Narayandev
Ratta inscriptions dated Shake 971 & 1010 and a fragment of another dated Shake 970 in the temple of Ankusesvara
Two inscriptions dated Shake 797 & 902 in the old Jain temple
Silahara inscriptions (Saka 1078 ) in the temple of Basavesvara
Ratta inscription at the waterfall near the temple of Somesvara dated Shake 902
Vijayanagara inscription of Krishnadevara (Saka 1436) in Yellamma temple
Jaina temple of Muktesvara
Kadamba inscription dated Kaliyuga 4270 and 4283 (Saka 1082) in the temple of Basaveswar
Group of temples at Halshi, (Suvarneshvara Temple, Ramlingeshwar Temple, Kamaleshvara Temple, Bhu-Varaha Temple and Narasimha Temple )
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.
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!