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First Online: June 18, 2006
Page Last Updated: May 09, 2017

The village of Ballegavi is situated twelve miles from the town of Shikaripur in Shimoga district in the state of Karnataka. The city prospered during the rule of Kadamba kings of Banavasi and many remnants of its past can be seen in the temples and ruins of the village.

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Four Headed Brahma, Ballegavi
Four Headed Brahma, Ballegavi

The place is associated with several eminent Virashaiva saints like Allama Prabhu and  Akka Mahadevi. Many Jain monuments such as basadis, and Nishidhi stones are found. This is an excellent place for a field trip for amateur archeologists due to the interesting erotic sculptures found and due to the fusion of the style of art and architectures -- some are in Chalukyan style, some in Hoysala school of art.'s Potpourri
Erotica from Temple Panel
Erotica from Temple Panel
Detail from a temple panel, Village of Ballegavi

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  • Emerald Coast -- Articles and pictures of Uttara Kannada (North Kanara) district documented over five decades.

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