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Friday, 24 June 2011

Hoysala Expedition Part 20: Siddeshwara Temple, Marle

Continuing on from the Marle Hoysala temple visit, standing next to the Keshava temple is the Siddeshwara temple, another ekakuta shrine housing the Shiva linga named Siddeshwara in its sanctum sanctorum. Also inside the temple is a slightly broken statue of Ganesha. Outer walls of the temple differ significantly from the Keshava temple in that it has carvings of Vishnu's dashavatara, and other usual carvings we see in majority of the Hoysala temples. This fact puts to question the theory of both the temples having been constructed around the same time, since their design differ so much from each other. There stands a huge unprotected inscription that might hold answers to these doubts and more details about the lifestyle during the early Hoysala period, but with the neglect from authorities reducing the temple complex to cattle grazing yard and hideout for anti-social elements, this piece of history would soon bite the dust, although, I wish something is done soon to prevent that from happening.

A photo compilation of the temple, as usual:

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.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Hoysala Expedition Part 18: Bucheshwara Temple, Koravangala

With my Hoysala expedition briefly back on track, here's an update on my recent visit to Koravangala, a village 9 kms away from Hassan. This village is home to 3 temples of Hoysala period, two of which are in a state of disarray. This post, though, is about the ekakuta temple that stands tall within the small lakeside village, named the Bucheshwara Temple, built in 1173 AD by the prime minister of King Ballala, The Second, Buchi Raja. It houses the Shiva Linga named Bucheshwara in its only main sanctum sanctorum, and exactly opposite to this is a sanctum housing Suryanarayana, the Sun god. Also next to this is an enclosure housing Kala Bhairava, which has been locked out for a long time now.

Unique to this temple are the external carvings that showcase the story of Prahlada and Hiranyakashipu, with all the tortures Prahlada was subjected to, in order to make him forget Hari, the god he believed in. The long lonely walk along the banks of the Koravangala lake that takes one to the Bucheshwara temple amid the strong winds blowing across the coconut plantations gives a great feeling in itself, to the visitor.

Here is a photo compilation of the temple:

Bucheshwrara Temple, Koravangala from hmvprasanna on Vimeo.