Situated in Yelburga taluk, Kukanoor is a small town lying seven miles north of Bannikoppa station on the Guntakal-Hubli railway line. The town, though now small, was of great importance in the early and mediaeval days for its rich Chalukyan style of architecture. The buildings range from the 8th to the 13th century A.D. and illustrate the building tendencies of the age. The group of temples was called the Navalinga group which also included of two other important temples namely-Kalleshwara and Mallikarjuna. The Kalleshwara temple is a fine example of the Chalukyan style having Kannada inscriptions on it and the Mallikarjuna temple, however, cannot be fully made out; the shrine and the mantapa also have been altered and built over in recent years. But the most important temple from the religious point of view is that of Mahamaya; it is in the same enclosure in which the Navalinga temple is situated, a building of considerable dimensions but devoid of architectural merits.