Gadag, an important city in Karnataka,is the administrative headquarters of the district of Gadag. Betageri (or Betageri) and Gadag are sister cities that boast of a combined city administration. The first thing that comes to mind on the mere mention of Gadag is the name of Naranappa or Kumara Vyasa—he had authored the Karnataka Bharata Kathamanjari. This classic Mahabharata written in Kannada was the brainchild of Naranappa, who belonged to the village of Koliwada, located close by.
It is said that Naranappa had composed his work while sitting in the presence of Lord Veera Narayana, a Hindu deity. Here, you may look forward to visiting the shrines of Trikuteshwara and Veera Narayana--places that bear high religious and historic worth. Ganayogi Panchakshari Gawayi, the blind singer, also belonged to Gadag and is famous for his large volume of works and music school (Veereshwara Punyashrama). The other attractions include The Tontadarya Matha belonging to the Veerashaiva sect of Hinduism. This venue is attributed to many literary and educational activities, centered in and around Gadag.