A quaint town on the way to Hampi houses a beautiful Jain Temple. Lakkundi is itself a historically important temple town. People living in the medieval era called this village Lokkigundi, and the town seemed to be an important spot in Western Chalukyan history.
Built in the later Chalukyan style, the temple has a single shrine connected to the mantapa by a small closed vestibule.
A sculpture of Lord Mahavira, the 24th and last Jain Tirthankara, stands tall inside the garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum) the temple. It seems to have been carved out of a black polished stone and is seated upon a majestic throne. Peculiarly, images of Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswati stand at the entrance of the temple. The goddess holds an ankusha or elephant goad, a citron, a petalled flower and citron in each of her four hands. Other sculptures include a Gajalakshmi image, a Jaina relief.
Also known as Brahma Jinalaya, the temple was commissioned by Queen Attimabe, mother to Ahniga Masavadi, who lorded over Lakkundi in the 11th century CE.
The closest airport to Lakkundi is Belgaum Airport, while the closest railway station is Gadag Junction. The town is well connected by roads.
Outstanding Universal Value
A sleepy town en route to Hampi is home to an exquisite Jain temple that belongs to the medieval era, built by the Western Chalukyas in the 11th century. Historians differ in their opinions of the style of the tower over the shrine. While some say that the design belongs to the Dravidian style, others agree that it leans more towards the Vesara style of architecture.
Art critic Percy Brown characterises the architecture of the Jain Temple in Lakkundi as classic Western Chalukyan architecture. He further highlights that material used to build the temple is commonly found in other Western Chalukyan buildings.