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Monday, 30 August 2010

Hoysala Expedition Part 5: Channakeshava Temple, Kaidala

My quest of Hoysala temples took me to the district of Tumkur last weekend, to a village named Kaidala to be exact. The little temple of 1151 AD in this village is one of great heritage. Legendary sculptor of Hoysala period, Jakkanachari, is believed to have built this temple at a ripe old age of 86, with the help of his son Dankana. The beautiful statue of Channakeshava that is being worshiped even today, is supposedly his last work of art. The temple was built at his home town of Kreedapura, which is now known as Kaidala.

The name Kaidala is due to the legend that says that Jakkana got back his hand ("Kai" in Kannada) that he had severed after a flaw had been found by his son Dankana in the Channakeshava statue he had sculpted at Belur. There is a little statue on the wall of the this temple of Kaidala, and it is believed to be depicting Jakkana and his son.

As usual, here is a compilation of some pictures I took at the temple premises:

Channakeshava Temple, Kaidala from hmvprasanna on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Hoysala Expedition Part 4: Keshava Temple, Somanathapura

Last weekend marked a visit to Somanathapura, a village near Mysore, home to one of the most famous temples ever built under the reign of the Hoysalas. It is a prime example for the grandeur of the Hoysala style of architecture. The temple is known to have been built in 1268 AD, during the time of King Narasimha III, by his commander Soma. Mallithamma was the leading architect of the temple, which also had great contributions from Masanatamma, Bameya, Chameya, and other noted sculptors. This trikutachala temple is home to the deities of Keshava, Janardana and Venugopala, and the outer walls of the temple are adorned with tens of hundreds of neatly carved images.

With me on this trip was Karthik, who has been equally fascinated by the historical and the architectural aspects of the Hoysala temples, and the best part was that we did not know how to reach Somanathapura until we got down there! Now that we have been there, if you are relying on the public transport, the best route to reach Somanathapura from Bangalore would be to go to Mandya, from there to Bannur (around 30 kms) and from there take the buses that go towards Tirumakudalu Narasipura. Somanathapura is 7 kms on this route.

Well, here is a compilation of some of the pictures I could take during the visit:

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