Dambala is a village in the gadag district of the state of Karnataka, India. It was an ancient center of Buddhism and remained so as late as the 12th century.[1] Dambal is at an elevation of 590 m (1,940 ft).[2]


Doddabasappa Temple at Dambal, 12th century CE
Doddabasappa Temple at Dambal, 12th century CE
Dambal is located in Karnataka
Location in Karnataka, India
Dambal is located in India
Dambal (India)
Coordinates: 15°19′41″N 75°48′37″E / 15.32806°N 75.81028°E / 15.32806; 75.81028Coordinates: 15°19′41″N 75°48′37″E / 15.32806°N 75.81028°E / 15.32806; 75.81028
Country India
DistrictGadag District
Lok Sabha ConstituencyKoppal
 • BodyGram panchayat
590 m (1,940 ft)
 • Total10,095
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-KA
Vehicle registrationKA 26


As of 2001 India census, Dambala had a population of 10,095 with 5,166 males and 4,929 females and 1,815 Households.[3]


Under the rule of the Mauryas and Satavahana, the teachings of Buddha flourished in Karnataka. Buddhist relics are found scattered around the town.[4]

In a temple of the Buddhist deity Tara in Dambal, there is an inscription dated 1095 AD, a temple built by 16 merchants for the deity Tara and a vihara for Buddhist monks. Although Buddhism was assimilated by the growing popularity of Hinduism, there was a Buddhist centre in Dambal as late as the 12th century.[5]

Doddabasappa TempleEdit

Doddabasappa Temple at Dambal, 12th century CE

There are three Hindu temples here. The Doddabasappa Temple is of the Western Chalukya architectural style and has a twenty-four pointed stellate plan for the vimana with so many star points that it almost becomes circular in appearance.[6] Each right angle is divided into four 22.5 degrees angles. Then each angle is again divided and covered with intricate carvings.[7]


Recently discovered the temple well locals call it as Jappadbavi

Kappata guddaEdit

Kappata gudda hill is very near to Dambal, the famous Kappata Malleshwara Temple is about 5 miles from Dambal.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • History of Indian Art
  • Rahman, Mahbubur (2012). "Architecture". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  • Deccan-herald: Dambal
  • Dambal a religious symphony
  • Dusty Dambal? Think again!


  1. ^ "The Buddhist Legacy – Buddhism in Karnataka". Retrieved 18 December 2006.
  2. ^ "Dambal, India Page". Retrieved 25 January 2007.
  3. ^ "Census of India: View Population Details". Censusindia.gov.in. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Kamat Research Database - Buddhist System of Education". Retrieved 12 March 2007.
  5. ^ "The Buddhist Legacy". Retrieved 12 March 2007.
  6. ^ "Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent". Retrieved 18 December 2006.
  7. ^ "Dodda Basappa temple - 12th century". Retrieved 19 December 2006.