Savadatti Fort
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 15°47′00″N 75°07′00″E / 15.7833°N 75.1167°E / 15.7833; 75.1167Coordinates: 15°47′00″N 75°07′00″E / 15.7833°N 75.1167°E / 15.7833; 75.1167
Country India
DistrictBelgaum district
 • Total16 km2 (6 sq mi)
610 m (2,000 ft)
 • Total38,155
 • Density2,384.69/km2 (6,176.3/sq mi)
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
591 126
Telephone code08330
ISO 3166 codeIN-KA
Vehicle registrationKA-24

Saundatti also known as Savadatti (in Kannada)[1] is one of the oldest towns in Belgaum district in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is a celebrated pilgrimage centre located 78 kilometres from Belgaum and 37 kilometres from Dharwad. Savadatti is also the name of the taluk (sub-district), which was previously named Parasgad. There are several ancient temples in Saundatti.

History of Rashtrakuta kings

The historical name of the Savadatti was Sugandavarti "Sougandipura". It was the capital of the Ratta dynasty (from 875-1230), until the capital shifted to Belgaum.[2]

Rattas (Rashtrakutas) suryavanshi kingdom

Main article: Branches of Rashtrakuta Dynasty




Saundatti Fort, Karnataka
Saundatti Fort, Karnataka
Kadasiddheshwara temple in Savadatti Fort, Karnataka
Kadasiddheshwara temple in Savadatti Fort, Karnataka
Renuka sagara, Savadatti, Karnataka
Renuka sagara, Savadatti, Karnataka
Yallammagudda, Savadatti, Karnataka
Yallammagudda, Savadatti, Karnataka
Navila Teertha, near Savadatti, Karnataka
Navila Teertha, near Savadatti, Karnataka

Savadatti fort

18th century Savadatti fort was built by the Sirasangi Desai with 8 bastions. Savadatti fort has a Kadasiddheshwara temple, surrounded by four bastions. Around the Kadasiddheshwara temple in the inner chajja of the prakara there is a row of carvings of geometrical patterns with over two hundred designs, some painted.

Renuka Saagara

Renuka Saagara is a reservoir by the Malaprabha River adjacent to Saundatti, formed by the Naviluteertha Dam. The name Renuka Saagara is because of the Renuka (Yullumma) temple at Yullummagudda, Saundatti.

Savadatti Yallammana

The temple of the goddess Yellamma or Shree Renukadevi, is a pilgrimage site for Shakti devotees. Every day, hundreds of pilgrims visit the temple. The congregation is especially large, crossing the one million mark, on two auspicious days in the year - Banada Hunnime and Bharatha Hunnime. The century-old temple of Yellamma is situated atop Yellammanagudda, amidst the picturesque Ramalinga Hills, about 5kmsfrom Saundatti. Between Saundatti and the temple is the magnificent fort of Paarusgad, dating back to the 10th century.


The Renuka Saagura, formed by the Naviluteertha Dam, touches the low-lying areas of Saundatti. There is a spot called Jogullabhaavi here, where there is a temple. Pilgrims take a holy dip here before visiting the Yullumma hill. This Sumaadhi (grave) is in the Raamaapur area of Saundatti.

Shirasangi Shri KalikaDevi Temple

Shirasangi a small village located approximately 25 kilometers from Saundati is famous for Shri Kalikadevi temple.[citation needed] The temple is known to be very ancient and is believed to be the place where Shringa maharishi worshiped Shri Kalikadevi. Shirasangi is also known for Shri Tyagveera Lingaraja Desai. Shri Lingaraj was one of the main donors to give land to K.L.E Society.

Savadatti Temples

The town has temples dedicated to Ankeshwara, Puradeshwara, Nagarkere Mallikarjuna, Veerabhadra, Ulvi Basavaeshwara, Mouneshwara, Dyamavva and Venkateshwara, which is the largest.

Puradeshwara temple

The Puradeshwara temple in the later Chalukya style is a trikutachala with three ardhamantapas, a common navaranga and two mukhamantapas. Gurlhosur Chidambar temple is also an historical temple. All three garbhagrihas with pierced windows have shivalingas. The shikhara, now damaged, over the central garbhagriha is in Kadambanagara style and the navaranga pillars are lathe-turned. Inside the niches of the navaranga are images of Parvati and Veerabhadra. This temple has been renovated very crudely. On the day of Ugadi, the rising sun's rays fall directly on the main shivalinga. The outer walls have fine sculptures depicting Hindu mythology and there are inclined chajjas all round. The open mukhamantapa, a later addition, is also in the same style with massive pillars.

Ankeshwara temple

The Ankeshwara temple in Desaigalli, built by Rattas in 1048 is in the Western Chalukya style and is below the ground level. There are steps descending to the mukhamantapa. In front of the temple, there is an inscription carved into the wall by the builder, Ratta Chief Ankarasa.


See also


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  2. ^ "Chapter XIV, Karnataka, The Tourist Paradise". Archived from the original on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2009.
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  6. ^ Sircar, Dineschandra (1971). Studies in the Geography of Ancient and Medieval India By D. C. Sircar. ISBN 9788120806900. Retrieved 18 March 2009.
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  9. ^ "Kollapur District Gazetteer, JAINS". Retrieved 18 March 2009.

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