Away from the congested narrow lanes of Arsikere, on a road leading out of the town is the Ishwara Temple which is perhaps the most complicated of all Hoysala Temples in terms of architecture.
The Hoysala rulers built many temples dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu all across their empire and they also built one dedicated to Harihara on the banks of the Tungabhadra in the eponymous town of Harihar.
Just 5 km before Mandya on the busy Bengaluru-Mysore highway is the village of Hosa Budanuru. But what is not visible from the highway are two beautiful Hoysala Temples around which the village grew. The two temples separated by a few hundred metres are dedicated to Ananthapadmanabha, a form of Lord Vishnu in which he…
Today all that remains of Nagamangala's Hoysala past is the Saumyakeshava temple in the heart of the expanding town. The temple is a large structure in soapstone and granite, built in 12th century AD and renovated by later rulers. It is today a mix of Hoysala, Vijayanagara and post-Vijayanagara features.
While travelling from Hassan to Arsikere, the Hoysala heartland, you will pass through many sleepy villages and many of them contain lesser known marvels of Hoysala Temple Architecture. One such village is Haranhalli which is 35 km from Hassan and just 8 km from Arsikere. It houses not just one but two modestly sized Hoysala Temples.
The Bucheshwara Temple at Koravangala and its scenic setting make it a great destination for a day-trip from Bangalore. Do take a detour from the well-trodden Hoysala Temple Circuit to explore this classic Hoysala temple.
The northernmost of the Pancha Narayana Kshetra of Karnataka is the Veeranarayana Temple at Gadag. It was built in 1117 AD and is not an architectural marvel but important because of the legends that surround it.
The river Kaveri at Shivanasamudra splits into two, plunges downward forming two famous waterfalls –Gaganachukki and Barachukki and then re-joins thereby forming an island on which are situated two ancient temples – Ranganatha and Someshwara Temples.
Hanagal was an important bastion even when the Hoysala Dynasty ruled over large chunks of Karnataka. Located on the left bank of the river Dharma, Hanagal has a connection to the Mahabharata also. The kingdom of Virat where the Pandavas spent a year incognito is identified with present day Hanagal. A crumbling fort and a handful of desolate temples from the 8th to the 12th century now dot the once prosperous town.
The temple at Hedathale is neither well known like the Chamundeshwari Temple near Mysore nor is it magnificent like the Virupaksha Temple at Hampi and maybe that is why it is so special. If you like quiet places filled with tranquillity and rich in architectural value, Hedathale is the place you should visit.