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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Hoysala Expedition Part 45: Adi Madhavaraya Temple, Bellur

A couple of hundred meters away from the Moola Sindheshwara Temple at Bellur is the Adi Madhavaraya Temple, continuing the tradition of Hoysalas building both Shaivite and Vaishnavite temples at the same place indicating religious harmony of their times. In fact, further justifying this, just a kilometer away from these two temples, there was also a Parshvanatha Jain Temple too, built during their times. But I could not succeed in tracking down the Basadi (or any remains of it, near Yalladahalli, next to Bellur).

Coming back to the Adi Madhavaraya Temple, it is believed to have been built around 1284 AD, and although it has received some updates in the post Hoysala era and some more paintings of late, its typical Hoysala structure still remains on the outer walls. Less ornate, the temple houses the Madhava statue in its main sanctum. The temple also houses the slightly disunited statues of Venugopala and Lakshmi Narayana, moved here from the Moola Sindheshwara Temple. The temple was closed when I visited it so no further details of the inner parts of the temple could be obtained, but it definitely is another lesser known temple worth a visit. Daily puja is still offered at the temple.

Here's a short video:


Archie said...

Vp does this temple have a gold coating or is it just colored that way??

Prasanna said...

No, not gold coating. It was just a very fresh gold colored painting.