Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Hoysala Temple 17: Nageshvara-Chennakeshava Temple, Mosale

Date: 14th Feb 2016

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

The last temple that we visited during our hassan trip. The twin temples is located in the Mosale village south of Hassan. The previous day we went to another mosale north of hassan. We ended up driving through a narrow mud road and luckily without any incidents. This twin temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Both temple has identical looks. The temple walls and the towers are well decorated with carvings of the hindu gods. The base was a plain without any carvings. We had visited too many temples in the two days and almost all of them looks same. As a result i did not click much pictures here.

Few pics from the visit.

The front view of the twin temple.

Rear view of the temple. I did not see the thorns in the lawn and stepped on few. So beware.

The relief work on the walls.

Kalasa on top of vimana and the hoysala emblem.

Lord Narasimha inside the temple.

The plain frieze panels.

That brings to the end of our two day trip to hoysala temples around hassan.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Hoysala Temple 16: Lakshmidevi Temple, Doddagaddavalli

Date: 14th Feb 2016

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timings: Unsure. Someone from nearby houses should be able to help if reached at reasonable hours.

Fee: None.

Main Deity: Goddess Lakshmi.

Lakshmi Devi temple is located around 18 Km south of Halebidu. We reached the temple around 11 AM. The last half to one Km was through a narrow village road. There were couple of villagers sitting outside the temple when we reached. They opened the door and let us in and showed us inside the temple. The priest came after some time. This temple is much different from other Hoysala temples. The temple is not built of the usual star shaped platform. There were four vimanas making it Chatushkuta temple. Of the four towers three doesn't have any carvings. They are simple steps like structure. One vimana has beautiful carvings but not like the other Hoysala temples. All the vimana has kalasa on top of it. There are four more towers in the temple at each corner of the compound wall. This is all completly unusual for hoysala temples.

Some pics from the temple.

First glimpse of the temple from parking.

Rear view of the temple. The vimana with step like structure and one with some carvings.

The guards at the door of main deity. Never seen a skeleton structure gaurding the sanctum.

One of the entrance to the temple.

Few more pics of the vimanas in the temple.

The minor towers at the corners of the temple.

Hoysala emblem. A warrior fighting a lion.

The small mantapa infront of the temple.

Family selfie

Friday, March 4, 2016

Parshvanatha and Shantinatha Basadis, Halebidu

Date: 14th Feb 2016

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: Unsure. Open around 10 AM.

Fee: None.

Located mid way between Hoysaleswara and Kedareshwara temple is the 2 Jain Basadis. Parshvanatha temple was built in 1133 AD and Shanthinatha temple was build in 1196 AD. These two temples doesn't have extensive work on their outer walls like the Hoysala temples. The temples have 18 feet tall Parshvnatha and Shanthinatha statue in the sanctum. This temple complex was also well maintained. Here too we did not find any other tourists. There were only two men how takes care of the temple were there. The pillared mantapa in front was very cool. We rested there for a while. The Adinatha temple in the center was a much smaller temple and was closed.

Few pics from the trip.

The view of Parshvnatha temple from the main gate.

Pillared mandapa. These pillars are not polished like the ones inside the temple.

The lathe turned pillars with few carvings. The 18ft tall Parshvnatha Thirthankara.

The designs on the roof in the Mandapa.

View of the Parshvanatha Basadi and the beautiful lawn on the sides.

20ft tall Manastambha.

Shanthinatha Thirthankara. It was too dark inside.

Harsh playing kit-kit game. Ancient well in the background.

Some of the images on the sides of the temple.

View of Adinatha and Shanthinatha temples.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Hoysala Temples 15: Kedareshwara Temple, Halebidu

Date: 14th Feb 2016

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: Unsure. Closed when we went around 9:30 AM

Fee: None

Located around a km from Hoysaleswara temple in Halebidu is the lesser know hoysala temple Kedareswara. The sanctum was closed when we reached and no one else near by to ask for anything. The temple is surrounded by beautiful green fields. We liked the location of this temple a lot. The lawn was very well maintained. We spent some time walking around and clicking pics. Harsh had nice fun running all around. The temple was built on a star shaped platform. The outer wall has extensive relief work. Unfortunate that we could not go inside.

Some pics from the visit.

View from the main gate.

With green surroundings.

The frieze panel at the base.

Relief work on the walls.

Pierced window.

Enjoyed watching trees more than the temple itself.

Frieze and the wall decoration.

Coconut farm nearby. The road ends at the temple. Early bird gets the worm is surely true for most tourist places. Its just peaceful.

Few other sculptures from the temple.

Makara the mythical creature.

Side view of the temple.

I couldn't stop click the pics of trees, grass, small birds and insects near by.

A lovely temple to visit in halebidu along with Hoysaleswara temple.

Hoysala Temples 14: Hoysalewara Temple, Halebidu Part 4

Date: 14th Feb 2016

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Previous 3 posts: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Few more sculptures from the temple.

Pierced stone windows commonly seen in Hoysala temple.

Lord Narashimha killing Hiranyakashipu.

The projections carved in stone above the head.

The elephants and mahout killed by Bheem with his gatha and stacked till the sky.

Two devas drinking tender coconut with straw.

Looking with a telescope like equipment.

Kamasutra poses carved in temple. Our ancestors were more open minded than we are now.

Scuds? Imagined in 12th century?

A Sikh man with beard and turban.

That brings the end to my posts on Hoysaleswara temple, Halebidu . 

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