Madhukeshwara of Banavasi

Banavasi is a small town today but was once an important capital city. It is steeped in history and has been home to poets and writers. The Madhukeshwara Temple has the signature of every dynasty that managed to rule over Banavasi and is hence a visual lesson in history. 

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Alluring Arsikere

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.

Hoysala Temples at Hosa Budanuru

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…

Saumyakeshava of Nagamangala

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.

Prasanna Someshwara at Magadi

In 1638, Kempegowda III or Mummadi Kempaveerappa Gowda whose grandfather Kempegowda had made Bengaluru the capital of his territories was forced to shift to Magadi by Dilavar Khan of Bijapur. According to local tales, Kempaveerappa’s mother expressed her desire to visit Kashi but her failing health didn’t allow her to do so. Her son then…