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Soopar weekend! Mother nature at her best, mesmerizing temples and unadulterated kindness. Hoysala country. Shikharas against the sky. Simple lovely people. My kinda trip!
Korvangala. Haranahalli. Arsikere. Javagal. Halebidu. Mesmerising & architecturally unique, each stands out.
Few clicks from Laxminarsimha temple Haranahalli. Built in beginning of 13th century, it displays intricate sculpture of Dashavatars & different forms of Vishnu based on placement of various Icons. Seen here is Laxminarayana flanked by Sevaks.
Set in an idyllic village Korvangala Buceshwara temple is a handsome structure. Built in early 12th cent by a merchant known as Buci, it is one of the earliest Hoysala temple constructed.
Arsikere temple built in early 13th cent, is special for its one of a kind architectural layout. It has an open hall facing the main shrine in the form of a star. The grabha gruha is also star shaped but both stars are constructed differently, giving the sculptures a wavy effect!
Laxminarsimha temple, Javagalu. Also built in 13th cent, it is one of the finest dedications to Shri Hari. Temple facade has exquisite sculptures showing vishnu in his many forms & episodes from Ramayana. In last pic - he sits on Anant Shesha holding shankh & chakra.
Its not just the treasure trove of temples that draws me to Karnataka, but the lovely people here. So many experiences where I could have lost my way or gotten fatigued. Where I could have been charged more money. But no, didn’t happen coz always, someone walked up to help.
I can barely speak basic broken Kannada. But the people would patiently listen, even smile at my attempt at Kannada. Thankfully I can now understand the gist of what they speak, so some conversation happens. Irrespective they were godsent! Im thankful🙏
I travelled via KSRTC Sarige buses to ALL these locations. Wherever the bus stops were far from the temples I walked. In Korvangala I realised that the temple was 5Kms from the stop! I began walking but like a savior sent by Shiva, someone appeared with a bike ++
and offered me a lift. He appeared to be in his early sixties & I obviously needed the help. I said "Kannada swalpa gotta". He said 'Hindi Thoda Thoda". I agreed. Anna not only dropped me to the temple but waited patiently for an hour till i finished ++
Anna also pointed me to a quaint village temple of Mahishasurmardini, which I wouldve surely missed if not for him.Then Anna drops me at the bus stop. Waits till the bus comes, talks to the conductor &waves at me till I disappear at the bend! I will always remember this. Thankful
Visited 2 temples in Shantigram today. Shri Varda Yog Bhog Narasimha Swamy & Shri Dharmeshwara Swamy temple. Shantigram is sleepy little village, 10 Kms from Hassan & was an important site from Hoysala times.
Shri Varda Yog Bhog Narasimha Swamy temple attracts people from afar. Built in early 12th cent it has both chozha &Hoysala influences. It is believed that doing parikrama 48times &praying toNarasimha swamy aids fulfillment of any wish. Devotees feed people in temple as gratitude.
Just a few paces from Yoga Bhog Narasimha Swamy temple, you will spot a quaint beautiful ancient looking temple - Shri Dharmeshwara Swamy. Built during time of Hoysalas, it underwent destruction & was restored recently.
Shri Dharmeshwara Swamy is a form of Mahadeva & presiding deva at this quaint, beautiful temple. The interiors have trademark hoysalan lathe turned pillars & ornate carvings on ceiling.
Had visited Shri Dharmeshwara Swamy Sannidhi in June as well, but darshan eluded me. Today I was able to get his Darshan. Thankful for that. 😊🙏
Do refer to a detailed thread on Shri Dharmeshwara Swamy temple I wrote few months back 👇
Glimpses from today. Visited Amruteshwara temple, near Tarikere. Its dated to early 12th century. A Shaiva temple, it is known for its intricately carved shikhara & depiction of puranic scenes on temple facade. The detailing & density of sculptures is stunning! Must visit. 😍😍
The shikhara is indescribably beautiful & unique among Hoysala temples. Perfect symmetry. Beautiful sculpting. No matter how small the block, there is a Kirtimukha with Mahadeva carved inside it! The row of Kirtimukas adds to the allure. Hoysalan emblem is also visible.
Another unique feature at Amruteshwara is the profusion of 'Gudis' carved on temple facade. Each gudi shows slight variation vs the others. Unbelievable but true. This style of decoration using Gudis sets Amruteshwara apart from other Hoysala temples.
Amrutheswara also boasts of the largest continuous puranic panels. Normally these themes are seen in a smaller size and detailing is not on par.
L-Devi Sita being presented with fake heads of Prabhu Ram&Lakshman in Lanka. R-Arjuna shooting matsya at Draupadi's swayamvar.
In addition to Ramayana & Mahabharata, mythological episodes, as well as Krishna leela is also on display.
Left-Shri Krishna as 'murlidhar' playing flute while Gopis, gaus & gwalas look on enthralled 😍😍
Right- Prabhu Ram killing Vali while he & Sugreeva are locked in combat.
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