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Bilegudi

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Location: Aihole, Bagalkot, Karnataka

This temple is close to the Karegudi on its left. The porch of the temple has disappeared. It has an antechamber and a shrine. The entrance door of the antechamber and of the shrine are both squat. There is no sculpture on the lintel of the shrine door. The pillars of the hall are similar to those of the karegudi and Jyotirlinga temple No.2. There is no shikhara over the shrine.

Category: OtherOwnership: Government of India
Reference: http://www.asidharwadcircle.in/monument/bilegudi/
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Temple Aihole Bagalkot Karnataka

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