Hangal is a town in Haveri district in the Indianstate of Karnataka. It is 75 km away from Hubli-Dharwad.It is on the left bank of the Dharma river, and has ruins of some fortification on theriver bank.and town has a huge lake near billeshwara temple called Anekere. and also this town called in the name of Viratnagar of Mahabharath. famous Cultural sport of the hangal is "HattiHabba" The town has a huge Tarakeshwara temple. Other temple in the town are Ganesha temple, Virabhadra, Billeshwara and Ramalinga are the important temples. And a famous VeerashaivaKumaraswami matha located in this town.
Hangal was also called as Hanungal.
Hangal was the capital of the Hangal Kadambas, feudatories of the Kalyani Chalukyas. It ismentioned as Panungal in early records and identified by tradition withViratanagara of Mahabharata days. It was once the headquarters of a district called Panungal-500.
Kadambas is an ancient dynasty of south India who primarily ruled the region which is present day Goa state and nearby Konkan region (part of modern Maharashtra and Karnataka state). The early rulers of this dynasty established themselves at Vaijayanti or Banavasi in 345 AD and ruled as independent rulers for more than 2 centuries.