Ulavi


Channabasaveshwara Temple Ulavi is a town about 75 km from Karwar (via Kumbarawada) in Karnataka state, India. Ulavi is an important center of pilgrimage for people of the Lingayat faith. The Samadhi of Channabasavanna, one of the most revered saints of the Lingayat faith lies here.

In the 12th century, Channabasavanna traveled from Kalyana to Ulavi before he died. His Samadhi now is made into a temple. Very close to this holy Samadhi is the Akka Nagalambike cave named after Nagalambike, Channabasavanna's mother and Basavanna's sister.

The Ulavi jathre or congregations attracts pilgrims from all over Karnataka as one of the major community or `panchamsali linjayaths' are large number devoted here visiting regularly. The 10 day Ulavi jatra attracts lot of piligrims from across the state.

There are few caves in Ulavi. One important cave is Vibhooti Kanaja, which means a place where sacred ash is stored. This is the structure formed by lime stone. There were other caves like Akka Nagammana gavi and Rudrakshi Mantapa. The last and the main cave was Akala gavi. As the cave is at a higher position, an iron ladder is placed to climb. The cave is part of a massive rock formation of several hundred feet.

Thick forests here hold tiger, chita, elephant, sarang, cobra, and other wildlife.

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