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Thursday, 16 January 2014

A Kannada Riddle / Verse

With apologies to the great Dr. DVG, here is an attempt at writing a riddle in the form of a Kagga verse: 

(Using what is known as Panchmaatraa Choupadi Chandas

Any attempts at solving this riddle and identifying what / who I am referring to?

ಇಂದುನೆಲ ಪದರದಲಿ ಅಂದಿಟ್ಟ ಕಾಲ್ಗುರುತು
ಮುಂದೆ ಮನುಜೋನ್ನತಿಗೆತ್ತರದ ಜಿಗಿತ |
ಎಂದುಸುರಿ ಮನ ಗೆದ್ದ ತಂದೆ ಭುಜಬಲ ತಾನು
ಇಂದಿಗೂ ಆದರ್ಶ - ಅಂಕುಡೊಂಕ ||


Saturday, 4 January 2014

Hoysala Expedition Part 25: Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Bhadravathi

A visit to the 25th Hoysala Temple in my list happened as part of a long weekend trip to Jog, Agumbe and other parts of Chikkamagalur and Shivamogga districts. This Lakshmi Narasimha Temple at Bhadravathi town was constructed in 1224 AD by the Hoysala king Veera Narasimha.

This is a Trikutachala Temple, with 3 main deities inside the sanctum, the main god being Lakshmi Narasimha, and the other two, Venugopala and Purushottama. The architecture stands testimony to the artistic peaks it reached during the reign of Veera Narasimha's  father, the great Ballala II and grand father, Vishnuvardhana.

The town of Bhadravathi is mythologically described to have gotten formed when Lord Vishnu, taking the form of Varaha, rescued Bhudevi from under the sea, from the clutches of Hiranyaksha. When Varaha lifted the earth supported by his sharp tusks, the two trenches formed gave birth to the rivers Tunga and Bhadra. Also, the town of Bhadravathi was for long known as "Vankipura", named after the sage Vanki who had performed penance and had worshiped lord Lakshmi Narasimha in this region for a long time.

The temple is situated right at the middle of the old town, and is well maintained with daily puja happening with great fanfare, and regular local visitors to the temple have kept the premises in good condition. Here is a video:

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Bhadravathi from hmvprasanna on Vimeo.