Bagalkot is a district in the northern part of Karnataka, a state in India. This district is covered with pre-historic temples and many legends are connected to the city of Bagalkot. One of the legends states that the city was given as a gift by Ravan, king of Lanka, to the musicians who were known as Bhajantries. Another legend states that the King of Bijapur presented the town to his daughter for Bangle money (Bangle money refers to the tradition where the daughter is given money to buy bangles, jewelry and clothes for herself).
This district shows the traces of the Chalukyan Empire and was ruled by Haider Ali (who also ruled Mysore area) and many other rulers. One of the cities in Bagalkot district, Pattadakal, is very famous for its archaeology and temple. UNESCO has added this city as a part of World Heritage Site. Badami Cave Temple is the perfect example for visiting a temple with Chalukyan architecture, the temple was carved from sandstone hills. Aihole is also a historic village in this district. Temples like Banashankari Temple, Bhuthanatha temple, Virupaksha temple, Durga Temple, Mahakuteshwara Temple, and many more were built in the region according to the Chalukyan architectural chronicles.