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.