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Thursday, 18 November 2010

Hoysala Expedition Part 11: Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Javagal

Although well known as the native place of former India cricketer Javagal Srinath, the village of Javagal in the Arasikere taluk of Hassan district, Karnataka has managed to remain out of limelight. Even the presence of a 1250 AD Hoysala architectural masterpiece in the form of a Lakshmi Narasimha Temple has not managed to draw the attention of tourists. This trikuta temple is home to Lakshmi Narasimha, Veera Narayana and Venugopala in its three sanctum sanctorums, and on the outer walls, carvings of the ten incarnations of Vishnu, Dancing Saraswati, Lakshmi, Indra, and others can be seen.

Mallitamma, the genius sculptor of this era, is believed to be the the chief architect of the temple. Here are some pictures of the temple:

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Javagal from hmvprasanna on Vimeo.

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