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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Twin Temples of Marle

5th July 2014

Marle is a small nondescript village but for the Hoysala Temples in the village. Situated few km away from Chikmagalur, this village has two beautiful Hoysala Temples. Located in the same compound, the Keshava and Siddeshwara Temples have their traced to the period of Vishnuvardhana who rules the Hoysala kingdom in 12th century.


Reaching Marle village was not difficult thanks to helpful villagers. A small detour on Chikmaglur-Belur road leads to the village. The Temple is situated in an open area next to the lake.


The Keshava Temple has two small elephant statues holding lotus at its entrance. One of the lotus is damaged.


The Temples does have some good carvings.



In between the Temples are two stone slabs with inscriptions.


The Temples were locked and hence we could not enter to its interior. The priest who had the keys stays far away from the Temple.




The Temple does not seem to be under ASI maintenance but surprisingly it is clear of encroachments. While the compound is of no hindrance for the animals to enter, it does provide an artificial security to the Temple.  


15 comments:

R Niranjan Das said...

Lovely captures of the beautiful sculptures!

Team G Square said...

Lovely pictures. Yet to visit this beautiful temples

ರಾಜೇಶ್ ನಾಯ್ಕ said...

Nice photos.

Sana said...

Nice pictures.

Samanvay Sinha said...

Beautiful Pics !!

The wild said...

Surprisingly well kept ,nice post Aravind

Aravind GJ said...

Niranjan, Dhiraj, Rajesh, Sahana, Samanvay,
Thanks.

Arjun,
Thanks. Yes.. in a better condition considering ASI not being actively involved.

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Biswajit Debbarma said...

This temple is part of ancient I wish I would of there then may I have seen there.I never had gone that place but I think this place so peaceful.

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Vineeta Yashswi said...

Lovely architect...

Anvi Gupta said...

I have been to this temple once. Personally I think this is a beautiful temple. It has immense historical value but I wonder why government has no interest in preserving and maintaining it. Beautiful picture Arvind, I found this post really interesting.

Aravind GJ said...

Vineeta, Anvi,

Thanks for your comments.