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The Kasivisvesvara Temple is located in Lakkundi in Gadag district, Karnataka.

The Kasivisvesvara Temple is one of the many beautiful temples in and around Gadag that bear testimony to the architectural achievements of the Western Chalukya Dynasty. They developed their own unique style which departed a little from the extant Dravidian style and incorporated ideas from contemporary North Indian Temple construction.

The Kasivisvesvara Temple is a remarkable example of the Kalyani Chalukya school of architecture. This temple is a Dvikuta that is it has two shrines. The Kasivisvesvara Temple shows evidence of inspiration derived from contemporary North Indian Sekhari and Bhumija styles. The doorpost moldings of the southern doorway are covered in nice scrollwork. On either side of the doorway stand pilasters. The lintel of the doorway carries a figure of Gajalakshmi. This feature is a trademark of the architecture of this region. The Kasivisvesvara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main deity is Lord Shiva in the form of a Shiva Linga. The other shrine is dedicated to Surya, in the aspect of Surya Narayana. He is depicted seated on a chariot drawn by seven horses.

The Gadag Railway Station is just 13 km away from Lakkundi. The best time to visit this temple is during the annual Lakkundi Utsav, a festival of arts held in May every year.