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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Hoysala Expedition Part 31: Sadashiva Temple, Nuggehalli

There is a charm about this temple that one can't find in many other temples of the Hoysala period, and that is evident right at the very first glance. The Sadashiva Temple at Nuggehalli, a town on the Channarayapatna-Tiptur state highway, is a rare architecture built with a Bhumija style shrine that is more popular in Western India. Also known as the Hoysala Nagara style, there is an inevitable ultra modern look to the main ekakuta shrine that almost reminds you of some spaceship that has just landed. The remarkable nature of the shrine is in its symmetry, which is the hallmark of Hoysala architecture, irrespective of the style they have followed.

The temple was constructed in 1249 AD by Bommanna Dandanayaka, a commander in the court of Hoysala king Veera Someshwara. Nuggehalli was definitely an important hub of that period, with another major architectural marvel, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, also coming up around the same time there. The place was a happening agrahara, with the name Vijaya Somanathapura.

Inside the temple, there are excellently carved statues of Ganesha, Shanmukha (sitting on top of an intricately decorated Peacock), life size standing sculpture of Parvati in a separate enclosure, Kalabhairava, among others. The main sanctum has a large Shiva linga, and opposite to that is another enclosure that contains Nandi.

Here are some of the pictures from the temple:

Sadashiva Temple, Nuggehalli from hmvprasanna on Vimeo.

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