Gowda Temple, a 12th century shrine, is devoted to Goddess Bhagavathi and is reckoned amongst the most important tourist fascinations of Aihole region. This temple displays Kalyana Chalukya style of architecture and has 16 pillars on its outer wall, which are located on a high moulded base. The stone slabs that are positioned between the pillars play the role of walls. This temple, is placed to the northern side of the Jain Temples, is built on the same lines of the nearby Lad Khan Temple.
The nearest airport is Belgaum which is 189 km from Aihole. There are regular flights to Belgaum from all major cities in the country.
The nearest railway station is Bagalkot, which is 34 km from Aihole. There are several direct trains to Bagalkot from all major cities in the country.
Aihole is connected by road to Pattadakal (17 kms), Badami (44 kms) and Bangalore (490 kms). Package tours are conducted every day from Bangalore during the tourist season. One can also use any road service from Belgaum city via Bagalkot to reach Aihole.
Pincode – 587124.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Get married to a person of a girl's choice
- Health and longevity of husband
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.