GADAG DISTRICT is a district in the state of Karnataka, India . The district formed in 1997, when it was split from the Dharwad District . As of 2011, the Gadag District had a population of 971,952 (of which 35.21 percent was urban as of 2001). The overall population increased by 13.14 percent from 1991 to 2001. The Gadag District borders the Bagalkot District on the north, the Koppal District on the east, the Bellary District on the southeast, the Haveri District on the southwest, the Dharwad District on the west and the Belgaum District on the northwest. The district features monuments (primarily Jain and Hindu temples) from the Western Chalukya Empire . Gadag District has seven tehsils : Gadag-Betgeri , Ron , Shirhatti , Nargund , Lakshmeshwar , Gajendragad and Mundargi .
* 1 Historical sites * 2 Demographics * 3 Magadi Bird Sanctuary * 4 Notable People from Gadag District * 5 Independence movement * 6 Cooperative movement * 7 Wind-power generation * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links
Saraswati temple at Trikuteshwara temple complex, Gadag Someshwara temple at Lakshmeshwara Front of Kalkaleshwara temple, Gajendragad Twin-towered temple at Sudi Jain temple at Lakkundi Doddabasappa Temple at Dambal Gadag
The town has 11th- and 12th-century monuments; the temple of Veera Narayana and the Trikuteshwara complex are sites of religious and historic importance. One of the two main Jain temples is dedicated to Mahavira .
* _ Trikuteshwara temple complex_:
* _Veeranarayana Temple_:
The temple, believed to have been built during the 11th century, attracts many devotees a year.
* _Jumma Masjid_:
Chalukya monuments include the Jodi Gopura and Mallikarjuna temples and large Ganesha and Nandi statues. Lakkundi
About 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from Gadag, Lakkundi was the residence of the Chalukyan kings. It is known for its 101 stepwells (known as _kalyani_ or _pushkarni_) and its Hindu and Jain temples. A sculpture gallery is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India . Dambal
Known for its hill fort and Kalakaleshwara temple Nagavi
Famous Yellamma devi temple loacated ,With hill view choultry is under construction .Just 8 km from Gadag Center.Political rich village . Harti
Harti has a number of Hindu temples. The Shri Basaveshwara Temple has an annual festival featuring a procession. Other temples, such as the Parvati Parameshwara temple (Uma Maheshwara Temple), have stone carvings from the Chalukya period. Kotumachagi
About 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from Gadag, the village is known for old temples.
Belavanaki about 33 km from Gadag,the village is known for newly carved statue of Veerabhadra which is considered to be best kind of sculpture in recent time and, earlier village was part of Belavalanaadu-300 or Belvola-300 therefore from that its name was derived.It is also Birthplace of well known social activist S. R. Hiremath . Ron
About 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Gadag, the agricultural village is known for the Shri Ugra Narsimha, Dattatreya, Virupakhshalinga and Rama temples. Statues of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita were installed by Brahma Chaitanya . Writer and critic Kirtinath Kurtakoti hailed from the area. Nargund
Known for its role in the 1857 revolt and its 17th-century fort and1980s Peasant movement durong Gundurao as a chief minister of Karnataka. and also birthplace of senior leader of Jana Sangh Jagannathrao Joshi . Doni Tanda RayaraTemple Belavanaki
About 24 kilometres (15 mi) from Gadag, and known for wind-power generation Beladhadi
About 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Gadag, and known for its Shri Rama Temple and statues of Sri Rama, Lakshmana and Sita Antur Bentur
About 23 kilometres (14 mi) from Gadag, the agricultural village is known for the Shri Jagadguru Budimahaswamigala Sanstan math Antur Bentur – Hosalli. The matha is cared for by both Muslims and Hindus.
According to the 2011 census the district has a population of 1,065,235, roughly equal to that of Cyprus or the US state of Rhode Island . This ranks it 426th in India (out of a total of 640 ). The district has a population density of 229 inhabitants per square kilometre (590/sq mi). Its population growth rate from 2001 to 2011 was 9.61 percent. The district has a sex ratio of 978 females for every 1000 males and a literacy rate of 75.18 percent.
MAGADI BIRD SANCTUARY
The Magadi Bird Sanctuary , created at the Magadi reservoir, is 26 kilometres (16 mi) from Gadag on the Gadag-Bangalore Road, 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from Shirhatti and 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from Lakshmeshwar. It is known for migratory species such as the bar-headed goose , which feed on fish and agricultural crops.
NOTABLE PEOPLE FROM GADAG DISTRICT
* Poets Kumara Vyasa (born in Koliwada ) and Chamarasa are known for their translation of the _Mahabharata_ into Kannada (_Karnata Bharatha Kathamanjari_) and _Prabhulingaleele_, respectively. * Ganayogi Panchakshari Gavayi * Bhimsen Joshi Hindustani singer * Puttaraj Gawai * Rajguru Guruswami Kalikeri A noted Writer/Musician,Winner Karnataka State Rajyotsva award,Santha Shishunala Sharif Award, Karnataka Kalashree, etc. * Sunil Joshi (cricketer) * Jagannathrao Joshi * Chennaveera Kanavi * S. R. Hiremath * Aluru Venkata Rayaru * Sushant Basavareddi * Yousuf Ali Soudagar. A noted cricketer who played Srinos trophy.
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