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Friday, 29 October 2010

Hoysala Expedition Part 8: Moole Shankara Temple, Turuvekere

Another Hoysala temple at Turuvekere that is contemporary to the Channakeshava temple is the Moole Shankara temple. This clearly brings out the religious harmony that existed during the Hoysala reign, with both the Vishnu and Shiva shrines built close to each other at pretty much the same period. "Moole" in Kannada means "corner", and the temple, as with many other Hoysala temples, is at a corner of the Turuvekere town.

Here is the photo compilation of the temple:

Moole Shankara Temple, Turuvekere from hmvprasanna on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Hoysala Expedition Part 7: Channakeshava Temple, Turuvekere

I could resurrect my Hoysala expedition last weekend after a gap of almost 2 months, and this time, the town in focus was Turuvekere, a panchayat town in Tumkur district of Karnataka. The town has two temples clearly mapped to the Hoysala period, and one of them is the Channakeshava Temple that stands amongst the old Agrahara rows of houses at a corner of the fast developing town.

Construction of the temple is known to have begun in 1258 AD, during the reign of the Hoysala king Narasimha the 3rd. His well known Commander in Chief Somanna (most likely the same famous commander who built the Somanathapura temple) has played an instrumental role in the temple getting built. This ekakuta temple hosts the statue of Channakeshava, which, although not as big as the ones found inside the sanctum sanctorums of Somanathapura, Belur or Kaidala, boasts of its own beauty and perfection.

As usual, here is a video compilation of the photos I took at the temple:

Channakeshava Temple, Turuvekere from hmvprasanna on Vimeo.