|The Kalleshwara Temple Complex|
Bagali is a small village located in the Harapanahalli taluk of Davangere district. The Kalleshwara temple here is considered to be one of the rare temples of India. Unique in its style and appearance, it is popularly regarded as Karnataka's Khajuraho. There are very few temples in India where the goddess and god of love (Rathi and Manmatha) are carved as Dwarapalakas. Here one can see the beautifully carved images of them guarding the temple. This temple was built during the 9th century AD by the Rashtrakutas which later underwent modifications under the reign of Chalukyas and the Hoysalas.
|Lathe Turned Pillar|
|Heavily Decked Door Jamb|
|Exquisitely Carved Lintel|
|Temple Priest Feeding the Royal Elephant|
|Lord Bramha,Vishnu and Maheshwara|
|The Goddess and God of Love (Rati and Manmatha)|
|Killing of King Hiranyakaship|
Lord Shiva in the form of a big Linga is worshiped here even today. Many small shrines dedicated to various gods are present around this temple. While major portion of the temple exteriors remain simple, the upper portion is adorned with reliefs of erotica. Though the erotic carvings beat that of Khajuraho in number (in depicting the various postures), they are far from being as perfect. With 62 carvings, it stands proudly as one housing the largest collection of erotica images. The prototypes of these images were taken to Paris for further examination as a part of study and are now a part of the Paris Museum.
|The Water Source|
|Extensively Carved Hero Stone|
|The Temple Complex|