"Mosale" is a sleepy village off the Hassan-Mysore State Highway (SH 67). A huge sign board at the village entrance welcomes us to this beautiful place blessed with twin Hoysala temples. These are amongst the very few Hoysala temples that have remained intact in all aspects, giving us a chance to admire, experience and appreciate the Hoysala architectural grandeur to its best. The temples together form a unique Dwikutachala. While one of the temples is dedicated to Nageshwara (Lord Shiva), the other is dedicated to Chennakeshava (Lord Vishnu). The approach road to this village is quite a magnificent sight with narrow roads snaking through lovely green fields.
|Welcome to Mosale|
|Roads Snaking through the Green Fields|
|Nageshwara and Chennakeshava Temple|
These temples are believed to have been built in the 13th Century. According to a legend, the village of Mosale was also the hermitage of Sage Jamadagni (one of the Sapta-Rishis or Seven Sages). The two temples are similar in architecture and have grand exteriors and interiors.
|Nageshwara temple (Top) and Chennakeshava Temple (Bottom) in Monotone|
|Nectar in the Stone|
|Ceilings of the Nageshwara Temple|
An other intriguing feature of this temple is the carving of Goddess Durga on the external ceiling of Nageshwara temple. The speciality of the carving is that, irrespective of the direction from which we view it, the goddess appears to be looking back at us. While there are numerous images of Gods and Goddesses sculpted on the outer walls of the temple, the most interesting ones are that of the Goddesses with their respective Vahanas ( or Vehicles) of Snake (presumed to be Kamakya or Manasa ) and Pig (presumed to be Gauri). While these forms of Goddess Durga are predominant in North East India, they are rarely witnessed in the South Indian temples. The Shikaras of both temples are extremely beautiful with the Hoysala Emblem and the Shikara Phalaka carvings intact.
|Goddesses with their respective Vahanas (Vehicles) Snake and Pig|
|Exterior Ceiling depicting Goddess Durga|
|Exemplary Art Work on the Shikara- Nageshwara (Top) and Chennakeshava (Bottom)|
Distance from Hassan: 10km
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