Lakkundi is a small village in Gadag District of Karnataka on the way to Hampi from Hubli. Lakkundi is 11 km from Gadag and is located on the eastern part. In Lakkundi, you can find lots of ruined temples like Manikeshwara, Nanneshwara, Lakshminarayana, Someshwara, Nilakanteshwara etc. Lakkundi was a great centre of Kalyani Chalukyas art, Kalachuris, Seuna and the Hoysalas. The largest and oldest shrines at Lakkundi is a Jain Temple dedicated to Mahavira. There is a sculpture gallery maintained by the ASI, Archaeological Survey of India.
Lakkundi is well-known for the temple archietecture and Danachintamani Attimabbe, the place is also known as LokkiGundi in the inscriptions. This place was ruled by later Chalukyas, Kalachuris, Seuna and the Hoysalas. The architecture of the Kalyani Chalukyas of Kalyani are said to be related to those of the early Chalukyas of Badami and the Hoysalas who succeeded them afterwards. The temples in Lakkundi are made of green schist and the outer walls and entrances are very richly decorated and the parapet, the artistic division of the walls are decorated with plasters in typical south-Indian style. At present there are about 50 temples of various stature, Some of the noted temples are Halagunda Basavanna Temple, Laxmianarayana Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Manikeshwara Temple, Nadayadeva Temple, Nagaradeva Shrine, Neelakanteshwara Temple, Suryanarayana Shrine , Someshwara Temple, Virabhadara Temple, Vishwantha Temple, Virupaksha Temple etc. Most of them are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Trikuteshwara Shiva temple in gadgag is impressive with its ornate pillars, screens of carved stones etc. Lakkundi is also known for its step wells which is artistically built with small canopied niches inside the walls. Among them the Chateer Bavi, Kanne Bavi and Musukina Bavi are popular for their carvings architectural beauty. Most of the wells are carved with tiny Siva shrines in the form of niches into the walls. The Manikesvara Temple with Stepped Kalyani is one of the major Tourist attraction of Lakkundi.
How to Reach :
Lakkundi can be reached by Gadag or Koppal route, There are KSRTC buses from all over karnataka to both the places. Lakkundi is 11 km from Gadag and about 50 km from Koppal. The nearest Railway station is in Gadag city. Once you get dropped at the Lakkundi bus stand, you can see all the temples and other monuments on foot, you can hire a local taxi for better convenience. There are more than fifteen Hindu and Jain temples in this town which was a prominent city a thousand years back.