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

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