Situated at the confluence of the rivers Krishna and Malaprabha in Bagalakote District, this pilgrim centre is associated with the great 12th-century poet and reformer Basaveshwara. The Aikya Mantapa or the holy Samadhi of Basavanna, the founder of the Lingayat sect of Hindu religion along with a Linga, which is believed to be self-born (Swayambhu), is here. Kudala Sangama is also famed for its Chalukyan-style Sangameshwara Temple where it is believed that Basavanna had worshipped Lord Shiva here.
Basavana Bagedwadi, 30km from Kudala Sangąma, is a well-known pilgrim centre and the birthplace of Basaveshwara.
Highlights of Kudala Sangama
- Sangamanatha temple: Built during Kalyana Chalukya times and recently renovated, Sangamanatha Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
- Aikya Mantapa: A spiritual place and burial spot of Basavanna at the confluence point with four Chalukya era pillars is protected by a cylindrical wall with steps. This protective layer was added after the area got submerged because of Alamatti dam.
- Anubhava Mantapa: Built by Mathe Mahadevi, walls of Anubhava Mantapa showcase tastefully painted life episodes of Basavanna and other saints.
- Basaveshwara Temple and Basava Mantapa: Built in memory of Saint Basaveshwara
Nearby: Alamatti dam (32 kms) is often visited along with Kudala Sangąma.
How to reach: Kudala Sangama is 450 kms from Bengaluru and 51 kms from district capital Bagalakote. Belagavi and Hubballi are the nearest airports (both about 170 kms away). Bagalakote junction is the nearest railway station (50 kms). Buses are available to reach Kudala Sangama from Bagalakote.
Stay: Yatri Nivas Lodge and other Government as well as private accommodations are available at Kudala Sangama. More hotels are available in Bagalakote city (51 kms away).