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Old 17th October 2016, 10:28   #31
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Smartcat,
Thank you for the detailed narration. I do remember reading a while ago that Before the Belur Halebidu was thought of Hoysala's built so many temples in the region and the Icing on the cake was Belur, Halebidu .
Must visit places all.
Thank you!
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Thanks for that wonderful informolog (informative + travelogue, ) Smartcat.


Hoysalas, as I understand, were meticulous in the skills of temple building. They had built several beautiful temples during their reign, a very few of which remain today. These structures were spared from the plundering blows of the invaders as their concentration focused on buildings that yielded wealth in much higher proportions. These structures that have stood the test of time, provides only a flavor of the splendid cityscapes, financial might and immaculate skills that flourished during the medieval ages.


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Incase if you happen tin o travel on this route, dont miss this temple since it is maintained immaculately and fully functional with regular pujas happening on daily basis. There is another ancient Lakshmi Mata temple and Shri.Shankara Mutt inside the temple complex as well.
The entire temple complex is situated inside a "Kote" meaning a boundary wall OR fort and easily accessible from the NH.
I have had the opportunity to visit this majestic Harihareshwara temple during May 2015, and must admit what a wonderful structure it has been. This temple portrays the thatch shaped stone roof with intricate carvings on the ceiling supported on beautifully polished (mirror finish) circular stone columns, which has been a trademark of Hoysala architecture. I am eagerly looking for more opportunities to visit such temples in Karnataka, that symbolize the bygone era.
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Thanks Smartcat for this wonderful travelogue. Nice narration and pictures of Hoysala temples. I was fortunate to visit many of these temples and amazed by the architecture. We must thank ASI, priests, care taker for maintaining these wonderful structures. Without their effort, maintenance is not possible.
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I was fortunate to visit many of these temples and amazed by the architecture.
Can you dig out names of places (with pics) I haven't visited yet?

This month-end, I'm off again on a trip. My tentative trip plan is ready:

Day 1: Drive from Bangalore to Hassan (180 km), Check In, Drive to Marle, Keshava & Siddeshwara Temple (53 km), Drive to Chikmagalur for snacks (12 kms) and back to Hassan (65 km)

Day 2: Drive from Hassan to Pancha Lingeshwara Temple, Govindanahalli (55 Km), Drive To Channrayapatna for lunch (20 km), Drive to Ancient Shri Brahmeswara Temple, Kikkeri (18 km), Drive to Sri Lakshminarayana Swamy Temple, Hosaholalu (16 km). Drive to Channarayapatna for snacks (35 km). Drive back to Hassan (38 km)

Day 3: , Hassan to Chennakeshava Temple, Anekere (40 km), Lunch at Channarayapatna (8 km), Drive to Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Nuggehalli (20 km) and back to Bangalore (140 km)


My trips involve lot of back-and-forth travel because of kids. Last time, my trip was not very "efficient", and involved covering 250+ km every day. This time, driving will be kept to a minimum since most of the temples I have picked are close to Channarayapatna (which has good restaurants on the highway). Also, this time, I'm visiting only largish temple complexes or those with unique architecture.

For some places, I think Shimoga or Davanagere might be a better 'base camp'.
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Found it on wiki
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kedare...mple,_Halebidu

Is this place outside the main Halebeedu temple complex?
This place is just outside the Halebidu complex. May be 1Km from there.
There is a jain temple complex. Kedareswara temple is just ahead of it.
Some of the carvings are even more intricate than Halebidu
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Can you dig out names of places (with pics) I haven't visited yet?


My trips involve lot of back-and-forth travel because of kids. Last time, my trip was not very "efficient", and involved covering 250+ km every day. This time, driving will be kept to a minimum since most of the temples I have picked are close to Channarayapatna (which has good restaurants on the highway). Also, this time, I'm visiting only largish temple complexes or those with unique architecture.

For some places, I think Shimoga or Davanagere might be a better 'base camp'.
Hello Smartcat,

You are a champion in visiting all these places as I have visited only 9 places from your list. If you prefer, you can also see Pallavas architecture in places like Mahabalipuram, I find that place also a paradise for people like us. I am sure you have already visited but still thought of telling you.

And yes, I agree with you that Shimoga can be a better base camp.

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Hi smartcat, this link (http://aravindgj.blogspot.in/search?q=hoysala) is from one of my friend's blog. You may find information about some more temples from his blog.
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Thanks smartcat for reviving old memories and sharing some more of these hidden (sort of) gems.

I still regret not visiting Somnathpura although it was so close to Bengaluru. Some day I will go again
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NANDI

Name: Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhoga_Nandeeshwara_Temple
Distance from Bangalore: 54 Kms
Location: Just off Nelamangala - Chickballapur highway, in Nandi village
How to Get There: Type 'Bhoga Nandishwara' in Google Maps and select 'Bhoga Nandishwara Main Temple, Nandi' from the drop-down list.

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Note:

1) This temple was built some 300 or 400 years before Hoysalas came into power. But I have added Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple to this guide because the Hoysalas patronized this temple and have made a few 'mods' to the temple complex.
2) This is NOT the temple on top of Nandi Hills. This temple is located at 'Nandi' village.

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple makes for a great first impression, with its fort-like compound:

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But some mild disappointments include lots of 21st century additions like overhead wires, steel barricades, XL sized Hundis and a sizeable crowd! A quick walk-around the temple complex:

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Inside the main shiva temple:

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There are two Devi shrines outside the main shrine:

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A Kalyana Mantapa and a Tulabhara Mantapa

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Come quickly! I found a HUGE swimming pool!

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The massive Sringeri Teertha Kalyani, which is supposed to be the source of minor river.

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GOVINDANAHALLI

Name: Panchalingeshwara Temple
Wiki Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancha...Govindanahalli
How To Get There: Type 'Pancha Lingeshwara Temple' in Google Maps and select 'Pancha Lingeshwara Temple Govindanahalli' from the drop down list.
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/qQEL9YfQbLT2
Distance from Hassan: 58 kms

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The road to Govindanahalli:

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Huge temple complex makes for a great first impression:

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View from the gate;

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A walk around the temple. You can see scaffolding on the left, minor repair work going on :

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Amazing 5 towers architecture, each containing a Shiva Linga (hence the name)

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All five towers are inter-connected by hallways:

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And we are back at the entrance:

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Entering the temple:

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View when you look left:

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And then right:

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View from corner of the temple. Can get a bit eerie/spooky if you are exploring alone, as if you are in the mines of Morea (Lord of The Rings)


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Statue of Nandi opposite Shiva Linga:

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KIKKERI

Name: Brahmeshwara Temple
Wiki Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahme...emple,_Kikkeri
How To Get There: Type 'Ancient Shri Brahmeswara Temple'. Kikkeri Temple is just 6 kms from Govindanahalli temple.
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/onD93MryoxA2
Distance from Hassan: 55 kms

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Entering Kikkeri Village:

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The temple is right next to a large lake:

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Entrance to the temple is very unusual:

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On the left is the entrance to the shrine and on the right is where you will find a large Nandi statue in a pillared enclosure:

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Nandi statue:

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Inside the shrine:

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A walk around the temple:

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Chatting up with part-time priest who actually works at the local bank:

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HOSAHOLALU

Name: Lakshminarayana Temple
Wiki Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakshm...le,_Hosaholalu
How To Get There: Type 'Hosaholalu' in Google Maps and select 'Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholalu' from the drop down list.
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/3qZHVDB9RKJ2
Distance from Hassan: 71 kms

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View from outside the temple complex:

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A walk around the temple:

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One of the rare small Hoysala temples to match the design complexity & intricate artwork of Chennakeshava Temple, Belur:

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Inside Lakshminarayana Temple:

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ANEKERE

Name: Channakeshava Temple
Blog Link: http://rakeshholla.blogspot.in/2013/...e-1119-ad.html
How To Get There: Type 'Shri Channakeshava Temple' and select 'Shri Channakeshava Temple, Anekere' from the drop down list.
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/XTLdPG2w9KP2
Distance from Hassan: 40 kms

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Shortcut to Anekere from NH75:

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Front view of the tiny Hoysala temple:

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A walk around the temple:

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Anekere's Chennakeshava Temple is unique because it surrounded by a porch supported by pillars, like in Somnathpura :

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Inside the temple:

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NUGGEHALLI (Vishnu Temple)

Name: Lakshmi Narasimha Temple
Wiki Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakshm...le,_Nuggehalli
How To Get There: Type 'Nuggehalli' in Google Maps and select 'Nuggehalli Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple' from the drop-down list.
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/rWimE6g6Udo
Distance from Hassan: 54 kms

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Just outside Lakshmi Narasimha Temple:

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Entering the temple:

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Nuggehalli is largish town and the two Hoysala temples are quite popular among devotees from nearby areas. No photography of idols allowed.

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A walk around the temple complex:

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NUGGEHALLI (Shiva Temple)

Name: Sadashivaswamy Temple
Wiki Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadasi...le,_Nuggehalli
How To Get There: Type 'Sadashivaswamy Temple' in Google Maps and select 'Sadashivaswamy Temple, Nuggehalli' from the drop-down list. This temple is just 200 metres from Lakshmi Narasimha Temple.
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/wTHezmME97m
Distance from Hassan: 54 kms

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At the entrance of temple complex:

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Quick look inside the temple:

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A walk around the temple:

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