Bankapur 1/undefined by Tripoto


A small town in the Haveri District, this was once the glorious capital of the Rashtrakuta Kings. After the downfall of the Rashtrakuta Empire, the empire moved from the hands of one dynasty to the other before it was occupied by the sultans and then the British. This place is well mentioned in ancient Jain scripts and this is evidence enough to prove that this is also a Jain centirc area. The two main temples here are the Nagareshwar Temple for the Hindus and a Jain Temple too. The Bankapur Peacock Sancturay is a popular tourist attraction too.
Deeptangan Pant
The Nagareshvara Temple, also known as Aravattu Kambada Gudi (sixty pillars temple), in Bankapur was built under the patronage of the Chalukyas. Located in the ruins of the Bankapur Fort the locale of the temple is serene – it is surrounded by towering trees where the call of peacocks echoes. Bankapur has witnessed a host of dynasties rise to power and grind to dust with the Kadambas, Cholas, Rashtrakutas, Gangas, Chalukyas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagar Kings laying claim to the fort over the centuries. From the inscriptions in the temple it can be deduced that historically it has been a major centre of learning and art.