Friday, May 08, 2009


10th April 2009

Every time I travel to my native place on my car, I think about visiting this place. But I change my mind as I cross Birur and approach towards Tarikere. The National Highway at this stretch used to be in a hopeless state at any time of the year. As soon as I enter this stretch of painful journey, reaching Shimoga as soon as possible would be at the top of my mind.

Things were changed when I drove on this road last time. The road was silky smooth and I happily took the deviation to Amruthapura!!

Amruthapura is known for Amrutheshwara Temple built during the end of 12th century by a local commander under the Hoysala ruler Veera Ballala II.

While many Hoysala Temples in Hassan are surrounded by houses, this Temple is surrounded by fields and open grounds. This gives a pleasant feeling to the visitors.

The outer wall of the Temple has several circular carvings and many of them are still in a good condition.

It is a single shrine Temple (ekakuta) and the deity is still being worshipped.


Amruthapura is about 10 km from Tarikere. A deviation from NH 206 would lead to the village. Since signboards are not clearly marked, it is better to ask locals for the direction.
More photos of Amruthapura can be found here.


ರಾಜೇಶ್ ನಾಯ್ಕ said...

wheres the photo link? this temple is in the list. got to go there. thanks for the lovely shots...rajesh.

Arun said...

I have been doing some research on Hoysalas lately and have come across the name of Amrithapura many times. Had not seen it in pictures though. Thanks for the post.

Adding another statistic - the temple was built by Mallitamma along with many others, Mallitamma being credited for most number of Hoysala temples including the one at Somanathapura.

rakesh holla said...

Nice place...
I like to see this place after watching your article.

rakesh holla said...

All photos are good…especially 3rd one is Amazing.

Aravind GJ said...

The link on photos is updated in the blog.


Thanks for the additional information about the Temple. I still have several Hoysala Temples in my "to visit" list.


Raghu said...

I was looking for Amedikallu on the net and came across your site...excellent work. Keep posting...and thanks for the info about this Hoysala temple...

R a n j i t said...

The architecture in the third pic is outstanding. You are lucky to see it in real

Aravind GJ said...

Raghu, Ranjith,

Thanks for your comments.

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