Bucheshwara Temple, Koravangala

28th April 2012

Koravangala is a small village about 10 km from Hassan. Here is a masterpiece of Hoysala architecture Bucheshwara Temple. Built during 12th century, this Temple is dedicated to Shiva. Thanks to ASI, this Temple complex is well maintained and preserved.

It took us more than 30 minutes to cover the short distance of 10km from Hassan. The pot hole filled and dusty Hassan-Arasikere road was pain to drive on. Situation improved after we took turn to the village. The Temple itself was not difficult to find as it is just next to the main road in the village. A small lake is situated next to the Temple.

This is an Ekakuta Temple with the main sanctum housing Shiva Linga. Opposite to the main sanctum stands the idol of Sun God Surya Narayana. We were there during power cut time and could not see it properly. The caretaker of the Temple asked us to wait for another half an hour. That was not an issue as we had ample time at our hand.

The complex also contains Kala Bhairava Temple. It was locked and caretaker mentioned that it is opened only once in a year.

Entrance of Bucheshwara Temple.

Carving on the outer walls of the Temple.

This Temple has the symbol of Hoysala “Sala fighting the Tiger” on the gopura of the Temple. 

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