Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hoysala Temple 18: Kedareshwara Temple, Nagalapura

Date: 18th June 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Not fixed, more below.

Fee: None

Distance: 145 Kms one way

Direction: Bangalore - Nelamangala - Kunigal - Yadiyur - Nagalapura

Parking: Available

Food: None

Photography: Allowed.

Other attractions nearby: Chennakesava Temple, Turuvkere Temples.

Our last trip to a Hoysala temple was in Feb 2016 and we decided to explore few more this Sunday. Though it was late when we decided the weather was too good to stay put at home. Turuvkere was our primary destination but stumbled upon Nagalapura and Aralaguppe temples. Our first visit was to the lesser known Hoysala temples, Kedareshwara temple in the Nagalapura village.
We reached the temple at 11:45 AM and the temple was open. The care taker of the temple Ramachandra was just finishing is late breakfast. He showed us around the temple.

Other Hoysala Temples

Twin Temples of Mosale

Lakshmi Devi temple of Doddagaddavalli

Kedareshwara temple, Halebidu

Hoysaleswara, Halebidu

Chennakesava, belur

Sri Lakshminarasimhaswamy, Javagal

Someshwara, Haranahalli

Lakshmi narasimha, Haranahalli

The 12th century temple is ruined partly due to lack of maintenance. Ramachandra and another person was appointed recently to take care of both Kedareswara and Chennakesava temple.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in linga form. Pooja in the temple is performed everyday by a priest in morning.

Though some parts of the temple are destroyed the remains looks beautiful just like many other Hoysala temples.

The roof of the temple is one of the main attraction. There are 9 patterns carved on the roof. All nine in different shape.

The flower pattern at the center of the mantapa.

The temple is built on a raised platform. The regular 6 frieze panel was present except that the 4th panel was blank. Not sure if it was destroyed.

Detailed carvings of many Hindu deity can be found above the panel. Some of the structures are commonly found in many of the Hoysala temples.

The nandi in this temple and Gangadeswara temple in turuvkere were not looking straight at the Shiva Linga. They were looking to the right.

Some pictures of the elaborate relief work on the outer walls.


Arjuna shooting the fish.

Gajasurasamhara, Lord Shiva destroying the elephant demon.

The frieze panels with elephant, horse, flower, yalli, swan.

The temple doesn't have any fixed timings. It depends of the arrival of the caretaker. He mentioned that generally the temple will be open somewhere between 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM and close anytime after 5:00 PM. 

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