The Sharana Basveshwara temple is situated in Gulbarga in the Karnataka state. It is dedicated to the reformer and saint, Shri Basveshwara. The city of Gulbarga has a fine blend of both the Hindu and Mughal cultures. The shrine of Sharana Basveshwara was constructed two centuries ago. It was invaded by the Nizam of Hyderabad. The panchloha kalasha (five metalled pot) can be found here. The architecture in the Sharana Basveshwara temple is exclusive and intricate. The architecture of this temple is of the 12th century. The Garbagriha houses the Samadhi of Sharana Basveshwara. Devotees flock here in large numbers to worship the shrines of the preceptor and the disciple. You can see the very big Sabhamantapa and the Pradakshinapatha. There are many big pillars and close to 36 arches in the Sabhamantapa. Peacock carvings add to the overall beauty of the pillars. The architecture at the Sharana Basveshwara temple also has carvings of elephants, parrots, garuda, naga, creepers and flowers. The Peetha has to its credit seven peetadhipatis.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To get good education
Daivi Hyesa Gunamayi Mama Maya Duratyaya Mameva Ye Prapadyante Mayametam Taranti Te
Meaning -According to this sloka, the heavenly maya of God is very complicated, but those who worship God will be able to overcome it.
Balam Balavatam Caham Kamaragavivarjitam Dharmaviruddho Bhutesu Kamo'smi Bharatarsabha
Meaning -According to this sloka, God is the isolated and aloof strength of the controlling and virtuous craving in men.
Ye Caiva Sattvika Bhava Rajasastamasasca Ye Matta Everti Tanviddhi Na Tvaham Tesu Temayi
Meaning -According to this sloka, though the only source of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obsessive and dark) elements is God, they are not present within the God or the deity.
Tribhirgunamayairbhavairebhih Sarvamidam Jagat Mohitam Nabhijanati Mamebhyah Paramavyayam
Meaning -According to this sloka, the entire world doesn't recognize the eternal God beyond them, because they are consumed by the elements of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obssessive and dark).