2.ABOUT MAHADEVA TEMPLE
3.HOW TO REACH ITAGI
4.IMPORTANT ATTRACTION OF THE TEMPLE
6.SOLUTIONS TO DEVELOP ITAGI
*INTRODUCTION: Karnataka is wel kown for its various kinds of tourism places,reknown for its historical spiritual adventurous and architectural sites. but the four districts situated at north east of karnataka BIDAR,GULBARGA,RAICHUR AND KOPPAL are unfortunately called as backwars area by the rest of karnataka people.
This area is known as "HYDERABAD KARNATAKA" area . But now govt ngo's and some private organizations have taken a bold step to develop this area by providing necessary amenities. The most important area that they to develop here is tourism.
*ABOUT MAHADEVA TEMPLE:
The marvelous mahadeva temple is situated at itagi which is ia yalaburga taluk of koppala dist of north east karnataka. This temple was built in 1112 ad by a commander(dandanayaka) called mahadeva who was tje army general of the chalujya king VI vikramadittya. Itagi is located 35 kms from east of gadag district abd 64 west of hampi.
*HOW TO REACH ITAGI"
We can reach itagi by road, rail and by air
nearest railway station : gadag (35 kms)
nearest airport: hyderabad (350 kms)
Frequent buses taxis and privatr transport are available to itagi from gadag, hampi. The nearest main road is NH-13 where the tourist has to divert from kushtagi to the state road hampi. it is approximately 70 kms drive.
*IMPORTANT ATTRACTION OF THE MAHADEVA TEMPLE:
This temple's presiding deity is lord shiva. it is one of the greatest and the most beautiful architectural monuments of karnataka. this temple is wel constructed with sculpters,finely crafted carvings on walls,pillars and the tower.
this temple is the example for the amalgun of dravisian and naagara style of architectures.
An inscription dated 1112 AD, which is located inside the temple indicates this marvelous structure as "EMPEROR AMONG TEMPLES"(DEVAALAYAGALA CHAKRAVARTI).
This mahadeva temple is officially protected as a national monument by the archeological survey of india (ASI). But this is a neglected tourist destinstion. necessarry infrastructure is not available there. there is no accommodation and water facility. due to these reasons,most of the tourist hesitate to visit this temple and the place itself is not focused in the ,ap of karnataka tourism.
*SUGGESTIONS TO DEVELOP ITAGI:
* Government should provide necessary infrastructure like water, accommodation shopping complex etc.
*there should be a garden for the tourist that can ensure entertainment and other facilities
* tourism dept has to publish book and brouchers about this location as wel as include the information about how to reach,where to stay etc.
* local community should be aware of their place and they have to realise the importance of their locality for its tourism potential.
Architecture is one of the oldest art formats of india. it has got a great history and is very delicate to create.so these beautiful monuments has to be properly protected by the government as wel as the local community.
the govt should take the necessary step to encourage domestic tourism to the area as wel as eliminate the misunderstanding by the major people of karnatak about this area.
if they are able to do this for all the places like itagi it will become a wel known tourist destination in the nearby future.
sanjeev kumar sirnoorkar