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      Hoy Sala !!!, let us do a Temple Run...

      People visit temples for various reasons, some are religiously spiritual, some politically spiritual, some fearfully spiritual, some are exploring meaning of God, some meaning of life, some want gender equality in visiting temples while some go there to exchange their sins with goodwill. some wants to spend as little time in the temple surroundings and pay to avoid spending time there, while some just to take a break from day today life and be there. some are just interested in going from one temple to another, while some interested in history, geography, civics of it. Some are interested in architecture, some in photography, some in the food, some in just spending time. some like crowded temples while some other like isolated temple ruins. most frequent busy gods while very rarely people go and spend time with a god who is away from worldly problems.

      i am one among these billions who believe there is a superior force at work and we are all part of the game plan. i generally do not prefer visiting temple just to get something in return, but more for a conversation, i do not prefer to trouble the gods for small and minor issues and handle it myself to the extent possible, i prefer lone, isolated, calm, quite, peaceful gods who can spend some good time with me rather than busy ones who has time only for 1-2 seconds to present myself. I am interested in how God Lives in his Temple Home, how his home has been built, what facilities he or she has, whether he lives alone or with his family or relatives, why and how he chose his place of residence (or office), about the surroundings, nature, culture of the place. I have visited many temples (churches, mosques, pagodas, maths as well) in my life including the holiest for Hindu, Christian, Buddhist and Jain sects. i have visited some of the ancient mosques in India, but not inside as i do not wish to infringe on the followers beliefs. i being a non muslim, can not visit what they consider as holiest place for muslims.

      Coming back to the topic of the thread, i managed to visit few of the Hoysala Temples in recent times apart from the Belur, Halebeedu, Somnathpura, Harihar, Keladi and ikkeri temples visited over last decade of our stay in Bengaluru. I will not write about those temples again in this thread, but will restrict to the other not so known Hoysala Temples.

      For many people, who may not know Hoysala Dynasty rules this part of the land between 1119 - 1286 CE, They built many temples over those 200 years. Apart from world renowned Belur, Halebeedu, Harihara, Somnathpura (built by their Chieftain), Keladi & Ikkeri (built under influence by neighboring kingdoms),
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesser...Hoysala_Empire provides list of lesser known temples built by Hoysala.

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      As part of my two drives, i managed to visit above 10 Hoysala Temples. Most of these temples are under ASI or Govt of Karnataka Mujrai Department, very isolated, parts of its in ruins, not many people visit these temples, most of the time closed with keys available at the priest's home close by. I had visited 7 out of 10 temples with my nephew and remaining 3 as solo visitor. all these temples are around Hassan and Chikmagalur, One can do these 10 temples over 2 days or as part of one's onward or return journey to Malenadu or Karavali region.

      I will write about my learnings form the visit and with some photographs clicked using my smart phone. I have one request to readers, i would prefer all of you leave those temples and gods undisturbed if possible. If you can not resist the temptation to pay a visit, please do not do anything to disturb the peace and tranquility of those places.

      The sequence in which one can visit this temple from Bengaluru is as below

      (01) Sadashivaswamy Temple, Nuggehalli
      (02) BhooVaraha Laxmi Narasimhaswamy temple, Nuggehalli
      (03) Chennakeshava Temple, Anekere
      (04) Brahmeshwara Temple, Kikkeri
      (05) Keshava-Ishwara Twin Temple, Mosale Hosahalli
      (06) Shri Laxmi Devi Temple, Doddagaddavalli

      PS: Link to my travelogue to Chennakeshava Temple Belur and Hoysaleshwara & Kedareshwara Temples Halebeedu have been added to complete the Hoysala Story.

      I have also included a trek up the Mullayyanagiri and drive around Chickmagaluru, Hiremagaluru

      (07) Keshava Siddeshwara Twin Temple Marle
      (08) VeeraNarayana Temple, Belavadi
      (09) Laxmi Narasimha Temple, Javagal
      (10)
      (11)
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      Last edited by Nomad; 15th Jan 2019 at 22:38.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
      If you can not resist the temptation to pay a visit, please do not do anything to disturb the peace and tranquility of those places.
      Absolutely agree.

      Good to see Javagal over there. We used to goto that place when studying in MCE. WOnderful place
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      Starting on Temple Run - BLR to Nuggehalli

      As I said, I made two drives to cover these 10 temples, during the first drive I covered 7 temples and in the second one 3 temples.

      First one happened in Early November, I was planning to attend a marriage in Chikmagalur. I was joined by my nephew. We we're suppose to reach Chikmagalur by 7 pm previous to attend the pre wedding rituals. We decided to use the time and started early morning from Bangalore. I picked up my nephew from Yeshvantpur metro station. He took the first metro from southbBangalore.

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      Wanted to enjoy some authentic Tatte Idlies, so took a detour into Kunigal town and stopped to enjoy some natural lake front and morning chirping of birds.

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      Had breakfast at the most famous Tatte Idli restaurant, but it is not having any name, which is a paradox for the modern brand obsessed marketeers. We first had the Tatte Idli & Vada. The chutney even though not made of coconut, was very fresh, the potato based gravy was hot and spicy and a perfect combination for Idli-vada & chutney. Then we tried the Pulav. I think locals call it Rice Bhaat, actually Bhaat means Rice, If we would have eater it first, then we would have asked for second helping of the same instead of going for Idli. Coffee was simply perfect, one could customize it as needed as well. It is worth driving till this restaurant for breakfast on a holiday.

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      We drove till Hirisave and took right turn towards our first Hoysala Temple, but before that this Shani temple attracted our attention, as it was a Shanivar, decided to visit and seek blessings from the most feared god of Hindu mythology. Generally Shani temples are small in size and part of either navagraha temple or at the periphery of a shiva temple. it was first time i was seeing such a large structure exclusively for Shani Temple (except may be Shani Shinganapur in Maharastra).

      In all with similar 3-4 stopovers since morning, eventually we reached the first Hoysala Temple. clock was somewhere near 10 AM. Day was still young.

      Nuggehalli is approx 16 KMs from Hirisave town on Nelamangala - Hassan Highway.

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      It has two temples both built in 1246 CE

      Sadashiva Temple, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadasi...le,_Nuggehalli
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      Laxmi Narasimha Temple, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakshm...le,_Nuggehalli
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      We managed to visit both temples, there were hardly any people in either of the temples.

      Last edited by Nomad; 9th Jan 2019 at 23:40.

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      Sadashivaswamy Temple, Nuggehalli

      Some Glimpses from the village...

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      First, we visited Sadashiva Temple.

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      Elephantine Welcome into the inner structure of the temple.

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      Some more carvings at the entry

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      External view of the temple structure.

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      Dodda Aalada Mara or Big Banyan Tree
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      Some Carvings inside the temple

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      Nandi and his Ornamental Carving

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      Parvati Amma

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      Sadashivaswamy

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      Shiva Family

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      We spent some quite time in front of Sadashiv, He was probably meditating, we were simply mesmerized by the calm and peace and wondered how Shiva always manage that in his place, enjoyed sitting on the cool stone floor for a while and then moved out.
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      Nomad.. Thanks for the small write up. I am planning for such visits too. Will keep in mind your request as well. Believe you did the trip in your City.
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      Nice start, thanks. Will certainly help when I start doing these trips soon
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      BhooVaraha Laxmi Narasimha Swami Temple, Nuggehalli

      We then walked to BhooVaraha Laxmi Narasimha Swami Temple.

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      Elephantine welcome, another identity of Hoysala architecture.

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      Foundation of Hoysala empire viz. Strength (Elephant), Speed (Horse), intelligent Team work (People), Arts and Crafts (imaginary animals and symbols)

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      We initially went around outer periphery and then looked at the stone carvings

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      Chennakeshava

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      Laxmi Narasimha Swamy,. It is said that after killing the demon, Angry (Ugra) Naramha was not getted cooled down, so Laxmi arrives to lower his anger, there by converting him to Shanta Narasimha or Yoga Narasimha.

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      We got to see different poses of Varaha Avatar (Bhoo Varaha and Shanta Varaha)and Narasimha avatar (Ugra Narasimha, Laxmi Narasimha and Yoga Narasimha) as well as Chennakeshava who is the preciding deity of Hoysala empire.

      Once again the temple was almost empty, we enjoyed clicking pics outside and once it became heated up, then spent few minutes inside to cooloff before returning to the Happy Car driving further.
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      Chennakeshava Temple, Anekere

      As sun was becoming hotter by the day, we stopped for a ellekai juice at the nearby village. Ellekai is slightly smaller than sweetlime, more bitter in taste. It's juice was tangy-bitter-sweet combo and we liked it very much for a change.

      After that we drove back to the Hassan Highway and drove to Anekere close to Chennarayapatna and visited the Chennakeshava Temple, which was locked. Someone told us that keys would be available at Priests home which is close to temple. Wife of the Priest opened the temple for us and we got an exclusive time with ChennaKeshava.

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      Again, we spent some awesome exclusive time inside the temple. This temple does not have much carvings as you can see from the pics. But this temple appears to be not invaded or destroyed by Invaders, but I am not sure. There are new temple coming up in the town and Anekere lake presents a awesome background to the sleepy village.

      We spent some 30 minutes at this Hoysala Temple and then drove to the next one.

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      Bramheshwara Temple, Kikkeri

      From Anekere, we have to drive to Chennarayapattana and then take the road to Kikkeri which is some 19 KMs. We managed to reach this temple, just before it got closed after the Noon time Puja.

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      This is another unique temple where Ishwar (The Destroyer) is worshiped also as Bramha (The Creator) . This temple appeared to be under some sort of renovation, probably constructing the approach road or the compound wall.

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      Temple has been built on the banks of the lake which provides a serene surroundings to the temple.

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      We did not spend much time here as probably we were already overwhelmed by previous 3 temple visits and seeing so many carvings.

      As Sun was scorching, we decided to have some cool sugarcane juice, fresh extracted in front of us in Kikkeri town

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      we then drove towards our next destination at Hassan, but for the ease of reading, i will write about the next temple at Mosale, which I actually visited during the new year eve solo drive.

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      Keshava Ishwara Jodi Temple, Mosale Hosahalli

      From Kikkeri, one could drive back to Chennarayapattana and take interior road to Mosale Hosahalli, which has some scenic agri-fields on either side of the road, the road condition is excellent, but single lane.

      This one picture is for the Happy Car for all those 215K+ KMs.

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      This area is one of the fertile agricultural zones

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      Railway Crossing...

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      A view of the village, Again, this temple is built near the waterbody, Mosale in kannada means Crocodile in English, probably lake might have plenty of crocodiles in those times.

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      This is a twin temple structure, one for Keshava and second one for Ishwara.

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      I was the only other visitor at this twin temple, after spending some 30 minutes, i decided to drive back.

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      Mosale village is some 16 KMs from Hassan town. We crossed the town and took the Belur Road and stopped at Hoysala Food Court for a delayed lunch followed by tea.

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      While having lunch, we made the plan to visit the next Hoysala Temple and then go to Chikmagalur and call it a day.
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