Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Hoysala Temples 5: Lakshminarasimha Temple, Haranahalli

Date: 13th Feb 2016

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and harsh

Timings: None written anywhere. However the priest lives near by and if you reach there at reasonable hours he can open the doors.

Fee: None.

Main Deity: Lord Vishnu.

After a beautiful drive we reached the Lakshminarasimha temple at Haranahalli around 9:30. The temple is also called as Channakeshvaswamy temple and many people in Haranahalli knew it only by that name. We were bit disappointed when we saw the locked door as there were not many people nearby. We walked around and inquired about the temple in a house. The priest came out from the neighboring house and asked us to wait near temple as he was having breakfast. We came back to the temple and waited outside. The priest came in 10 min and led us into the temple and performed a small pooja. He showed us some of the carvings and explained them. He did not allow photography inside. The garden in the temple complex was very well maintained. He asked us to write feedback in a book and i noticed there were hardly one or two visitors every month. The last visitor was from Germany. We went around the temple clicking few pics and admiring the sculptures. Harsh was very happy running around as there was no one else and we did not restrict him for anything.

Some pics from the Lakshminarasimha temple at Haranahalli.

The main entrance to the temple.

Front view of the temple.

View of the green garden and the temple in middle.

Structure of lord Krishna playing flute.

Elaborate carvings decorate all the temple walls.

View of the vimana.

Lord Krishna dancing on the five headed snake.

The frieze with elephants at the base, the horse, flower, makara the mystical creature and the swan. Generally the story of Ramayana or Mahabaratha will be carved on one panel and that was missing here.

Closer look of the swan on the frieze.

Most structures are damaged. Few by weather but most because of vandalism.

Vamana avatar of Lord Vishnu. This can be seen in many of the hoysala temples. The one in Halebidu was carved with even more details.


The temples of Haranahalli may not be as grand as Belur and Halebidu but its beautiful in its own way. 

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