Hoysala Temples of Mosale

22nd April 2011

The village has a strange name “Mosale” meaning crocodile in Kannada. I don’t know why such a peculiar name exists for the village but more importantly it houses two great Hoysala Temples. These two twin Temples of Chennakeshava and Somehwara Temples are located in the same complex!!

As expected, there was not a soul present in the Temple complex. It was extremely silent evening there with only chirping of birds being heard. But unfortunately there were no people who could explain the details of these twin Temples. Most of my questions were unanswered. It was built sometime in 14th century was all I could get.

But we did spend a lot of time at the Temple examining its architecture and taking pictures.

How to reach Mosale:

From Hassan, take the road towards Hole Narasipura (Or also called as Mysore road). Travel on that road for 10km where you see a big board about Mosale Temples. Take a right turn here to enter into the village road. The Temple is about 2 km from the main road and you need to cross couple of villages before that. The road in front of the Temple is very narrow amidts houses and requires some skill in driving (if you are on a four wheeler).

This is my 200th post!! Thanks for all who have encouraged me to reach this milestone!!!!

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