Gadag - Veeranarayana Devalaya
is the third benefaction of the illustrious Hoyasala Bittideva, popular as
Vishnuvardhan to the theist world. Soon after embracing Vaishnavism at the
alchemic touch of Srimadramanuja, he had the occasion to visit Doddagaddahalli
Mahalakshmi temple superbly built by a merchant. Its sculptural excellence and
inexplicable sublimity hovering over there propelled him to take up temple
building programme, which besides immortalizing him helped Vaishnavism rise its
banner over the ruins of Jainism, to speak the truth. Among the many temples he
built, the Pancha Kesavaalayas are deservedly famous, but only three have
withstood the onslaughts of weather and ravages of time. The existing Vijaya
Narayana temple at Belur, Kirthi Narayana temple at Talakaadu and Veeranarayana
temple at Gadag are proclaiming his glory, though they are almost in ruins.
This temple having received the magnetic touch of the illustrious ruler appears
like jewel among the temples of this region. Its sculptural adornments are
inferior to none. The superb artistry of the master sculptors is exuding from
every frame of the temple. The sheen and sparkling polish of the images enthrall
the visitors and elevate their theist impulses and aesthetic instincts. And
drawing regular stream of tourists, aesthetes and theists round the year.
It is a famous town in Karnataka state, accessible by train and bus.