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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Aralaguppe Temples

30th October 2010

The first view of Kalleshwara Temple at Aralaguppe was disappointing. It looked like a normal Temple. The lake next to the Temple also did not inspire me much.


This was the Temple built by Nolambas, a dynasty that ruled the area before Hoysalas.


The only great aspect of the Temple is the carvings on the ceiling. That is something different that is not commonly seen.


The Channakeshava Temple is typical of any Hoysala Temple. The Ekakuta Temple is well maintained and preserved. While the exterior of the Temple has extensive carving, the interiors are comparatively simple.


Kanchiraya Swamy Temple on a nearby hill provides some panoramic view of the surrounding area. A steep road takes to the top of the hill which on normal days would be peaceful. As mentioned by the villagers, the views from the top were simply great.


How to reach Aralaguppe:

Kibbanalli cross is 130 km from Bengaluru on Bengaluru-Honnavar highway. Take left turn here and drive for 6km to reach a small village Banasandra. Take a left turn and proceed for 5km to reach Aralaguppe.
 

8 comments:

Sridharan said...

Beautiful.. !

ರಾಜೇಶ್ ನಾಯ್ಕ said...

super carvings for a small temple (channakeshava).

Aravind GJ said...

Sridharan,
Thanks.

Rajesh,
Yes. The exterior carvings of the Temple is very good.

Gowtham said...

There is one Chola temple in Domlur, Bangalore. I have not seen and do not know it's authenticity.

Team G Square said...

amazing temples , especially the ceiling carving is really wonderful

Team G Square said...

You should also visit basaralu in Mandya , which is also a small temple but amazing carving . http://teamgsquare.blogspot.com/2010/10/basaralu.html

Aravind GJ said...

Gowtham,
Heard of that Temple. Never visited it!!

G square,
Thanks.
Basaralu is also in my list.

Aparna A said...

The Channakeshava Temple is typical of any Hoysala Temple. The Ekakuta Temple is well maintained and preserved. While the exterior of the Temple has extensive carving, the interiors are comparatively simple.You can book Online Bus Ticket also.