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Friday, 27 January 2012

Hoysala Expedition Part 23: Mahalingeshwara Temple, Santhebachahalli

The Mahalingeshwara Temple at Santhebachahalli village in Krishnarajapet Taluq of Mandya district is one forgotten Hoysala shrine that has evaded the eyes of historians for long. The 12th century temple is of Ekakuta type, and contains the Shiva Linga in the main sanctum. The Bhuvaneshwaris are as usual adorn with intricate symmetric circular carvings and the carvings of asta dikpalakas, the gods of the eight directions according to Hindu mythology. Many usual carvings adorn the vimana gopura, and similar to many early temples of the Hoysala architecture, the surrounding walls are devoid of any great sculptures.

Here is a video as usual, of the photos taken at the temple: