THE SPARSHA LINGAM OF GALAHGESHWARA at GALAGANATHA - KARNATAKA
Galaganatha was formerly known as Palluni. The Galageshwara temple, an example of the Chalukya style of architecture, was built here around the 11th century. Sri Venkatesh Galaganath (Kadambari Pitamaha) worshiped at the Galageshwara temple, and he wrote his novels on the temple premises.
The temple faces to east and it is situated along the Tungabhadra river. the temple consists of a huge Shiva Linga in a closed hall; it is called Sparsha linga.
The temple has an unusual pyramidal basement and a large open hall. The Gopura (tower) is decorated with plain architectural elements while the wall panels of the back of the hall have some fine decorations. The interior has numerous niches containing figural sculpture including Ganesha.
A large inscription slab in the open hall of Galageshwara temple dates from AD 1080 and records a grant to the God Galageshvara. The date gives an indication of the era when the temple was built.
The inscription here informs about the prevalence of the tradition of dance and music. The high state of development which the art of music had reached in the 11th century A.D. can be gathered from an inscription of Chalukya king Vikramaditya from Galaganath, Haveri Taluk and Haveri District, North Karnataka, which mentions a certain Mokhari Barmmayya, a musician of high order, titled Battisaraga-bahu-kala-Brahma meaning skilled in 32 ragas.
It is birthplace of the first Kannada novelist galaganatha
Galaganath (KADAMBARI PITAMAHA - ಕಾದಂಬರಿ ಪಿತಾಮಹ ) started writing his novels in Galageshwara temple .
Belief : The tradition says ....that those who take bath during the Makar Sankranti ...will be rid of all their sins ..