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.
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.
Read about the famous art work of the 16th century based on a centuries old tale that inspired a 20th century poem.
A short post about the afternoon in Brussels spent searching for statues of peeing children and a dog.
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.
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Unplanned vacations have their own charm and my weekend in Cambridge left me awe struck. Read the blog post to know why.
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…