The place had old names like Nilagirtpattana and Vrattentdapura. In the inscriptions, the place has been mentioned as Bagewadi. Several great poets referred this place in their literary work as Sanna-Ingaleshvara Bagewadi, Ingaleshvara Bagewadi, Tingaleshvara - Bagewadi, during different periods, for easy identification from other places bearing the same name. Now it is named Basavana Bagewadi. It was a famous agrahara of Pashupatha Brahmanas, and was a habitat of many renowned scholars. Bagewadi is the home of Basaveshwara where his father was the chief of the agrahara here.
The main temple here is popularly called as the Basaveshwara, called as Bontheshwara in records, is of Rashtrakuta times. Granite images of Basaveshwara and Nilambika are also installed here recently. To its west is another temple called Sangamanatha. The Basaveshwara temple is enclosed by a large compound with triple entrance doors. Access is gained to the temple from the south. An image of Nandi, 1.25 meter in height in this temple is well executed.