17 August 2013
I would have crossed this village few hundred times while travelling from Bengaluru to Mysore. But that did not help me to realize the hidden Temples of Hosa Budanur. Located on Mysore-Bengaluru highway near Mandya, it has two beautiful Hoysala Temples. It was Dhiraj’s blog that helped me to find these Temples.
I made it a point to visit this place during one of the drives to Mysore. The Temples are just half km from the highway.
The two Temples Anantha Padmanabha and Kashi Vishweshwara were built during 13th century by Hoysala King Vira Ballala II.
ASI has restored these Temples recently. You can see the numbers on the stones!!
Like other Hoysala architectures, the Hosa Budanur Temples are built on top of an elevated platform. Both are Ekakuta Temples. The carvings on the wall are conspicuous by their absence!!
The villagers do not have much information about the history of these Temples. The priest would have been of help but he could not be found. Little information comes from a tarnished board at Anantha Padmanabha Temple. I feel ASI must put some information which will help visitors to appreciate the place.
The Temples are “live” and the main idol is worshipped daily.
Entrance of the Temple.
Rear side of Kashi Vishwaeshwara Temple.
A sculpture lying around.
This might be used for lighting purpose.
Interior of the Temple.
Carving on the ceiling.
My daughter posing happily.
Kids playing at a nearby restored structure.