The Kalleshvara temple (also spelt Kallesvara or Kalleshwara) is located in the town of Bagali (also called Balgali in ancient inscriptions) in the Davangere district of Karnataka state, India. The construction of the temple spans the rule of two Kannada dynasties, the Rashtrakuta Dynastyduring mid - 10th century, and the Western Chalukya Empire, during the reign of founding King Tailapa II also called Ahava Malla) around 987 A.D. (the dynasty is also called Later or Kalyani Chalukya). The consecration of the temple was done by an individual called Duggimayya. Art historian Adam Hardy classifies the architectural style of the temple as "Late Rashtrakuta vimana (shrine and tower) with erotic carvings, and a closed mantapa (hall), fronted by a Later Chalukya non - mainstream open mantapa, the building material for which is soapstone". The existing tower over the shrine may be a later day re - construction. The temple, whose premises has yielded thirty - six old Kannada inscriptions (danashasana, lit, describing donations) from the 10th and 11th centuries is protected as a monument of national importance by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
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.