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Lakkundi is a prominent Jain center, located in Gadag District of Karnataka. It is about 12 km south-east of Gadag.

Lakkundi is a place of antiquarian interest, with numerous inscriptions and ancient temples built during the rule of the Chalukyas, Kalachuris, Seunas and Hoysalas. It houses about 50 temples and 29 inscriptions. The place is believed to have flourished during the reign of the Chalukyas, which is evident from the inscriptions and art works graced in most of the temple walls. As per the inscriptions, Lakkundi was formerly referred to as 'Lokki Gundi'.

Noteworthy of the shrines is Kasi Vishwanatha Temple with awe-inspiring architecture. Lakkundi Brahma Jinalaya, the largest as well as oldest shrine in the region, is an outstanding example of Karnataka style of architecture. Nagarada Shiva Temple, once a Jain Basti (colony), is in the vicinity. Another prime attraction is step-well, with canopied niches inside the walls of the well enshrining the lingas. Sculpture Gallery, operated by the Archeological Survey of India, is an added attraction.

Betigeri to the north, Harlapur to the east and Dambal to the south are the major nearby cities and towns. At a distance of about 82 km is Pattadakkal in Bagalkot District.

By road, Lakkundi can be reached from Gadag Bus Station. Belgaum Airport is the nearest airport and Gadag Junction Railway Station is the nearest railhead.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Gadag
Location: Gadag

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