“Sharana Basaveshwara Temple” is a shrine situated at Kalburgi(Gulbarga), an ancient town situated to the north-eastern part of Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to an eminent Hindu religious teacher and philosopher, Shri Sharana Basaveshwara ,a Lingayat saint of 18th Century known for his Dasoha(Giving is earning) and Kayaka – an advancement of the Karma doctrine.
The temple houses the Samadhi of Sharana Basaveshwara at the center called as the garbha gudi. It also has a lake adjacent to it which attracts many devotees and tourists. A chariot festival,Jatra is held every year in honor of Sharana Basaveshwara which attracts huge crowds.
About Jatra (Fair) :
A large of devotees witness the annual car festival of the famed Sharanabasaveshwar Temple here to commemorate the 189 th punyathithi (death anniversary) of the 18th century social reformer Sharanabasaveshwar. (That is on March 24th 2011 ) Right from the morning, the people from different parts of the district and neighbouring districts started making a beeline for the temple to offer their obeisance to the samadhi of Sri Sharanabasaveshwar enshrined in the temple. It is a practice in the region that the devotees performing padayatras from their villages to the temple to offer their obeisance to Saint Sharanabasaveshwar during the car festival.