Friday, March 23, 2012
Sangamanatha Temple - Koodala Sangama
Koodala Sangama is the most historic place since around 800 years. The famous rivers Krishna and Malaprabha merge here. Formerly it was known as Kappadi sangama where Basaveshwara’s teacher Ishanaguru lived. It is located about 15 km from the Alamatti Dam in Bagalkot District.
Kudalasangama has the Sangamanatha temple, built originally in the Chalukyan period. This renowned temple situated on the river bank, at the confluence of the Krishna and the Malaprabha rivers. The current structure showcases the Jain style of architecture. The temple consists of a porch, Navaranga and the main shrine.
The shrine is dedicated to Lord Sangameshwara, in the form of a Linga. The entrance to the shrine is flanked by beautifully carved pillars, with figures of animals and flowers. The idols of Basaveshvara, Neelamma, Nandi and Ganapathi have been placed in the Navaranga.
In front of the temple, in the midst of the river, is a small stone Mantapa with a Shivalinga in it, and lofty cement concrete dry well has been built around it to protect it from submersion.
Koodalasangama is associated with the great 12th century poet and reformer Basavanna. The Aikya Mantapa or the holy Samadhi of Basavanna, the founder of the Lingayat faith along with a self-born Linga is found here.