Hangal, previously known as Panungal, is a city in Karnataka, a state in India. This city is known for its history as most of the temples were built as per the Jain tradition and architecture. Hangal is also spelt as Hanagal, Hanungal, and Hungul according to the local language. According to the epic scripture of Mahabharat, it is said that the Pandavas spent their thirteenth year in this city during their exile. This city was also under the ruling of Kadambas (South India's ancient dynasty) and was considered as the capital for their kingdom. This city is also known for practising Agnihotra (Three kunda shroutagni) till 1973. During the ruling of Kalyani Chalukyas in the 12th century, Gadag architecture style temples were built by the Chalukyas. These temples were built from grey-green coloured chloritic schist.
Tarakeshwara Temple is the main attraction and religious site in the city. This temple is covered with painting and images of Ramayana. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, built by the Chalukya Empire in the mid-12th century. The pillars were also built according to the Chalukyan Architecture and some of the pillars were carved out of wood. The elephants and other objects in the temple were also carved out of lathe wood describing each and every detail. Other temples which attract tourist from different state and country in the city are Jain temple in the main Hangal fort, Veerabhadra Temple and Billeshwara temple.