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Friday, 24 June 2011

Hoysala Expedition Part 19: Keshava Temple, Marle

Marle is a picturesque little village situated 12 kilometers away from the city of Chikkamagalur, and is host to what could probably be the first twin temples built during the Hoysala regime. Standing next to each other, in what could easily be referred to as neglected state, the temples of Keshava and Siddeshwara, convey the religious harmony that existed during the Hoysala regime.

Believed to be built in 1130 AD during the reign of King Vishnuvardhana, the ekakuta Keshava temple is characterized by the floral and miniature shrine designs on the outer walls that resemble the Doddagaddavalli temple, and is devoid of any sculptures of the gods and mythological characters. Here is a small video that showcases some of the temple's features:

Keshava Temple, Marle from hmvprasanna on Vimeo.


KamalStudios said...

very much informative and precise description!
good one! :)

Prasanna said...

Thanks Arun :)