Shree Ramagiri Kshetra, Ramadevara Betta, Ramanagara

Having visited here a few years back, we wished to re-visit this time around with our two young travel partners Adhi and Diya, hoping it would not be too crowded owing to the current COVID situation. But surprisingly, this place was crowded as usual portraying one of the normal days. We were now in two minds whether to continue as per our plan or change the location since the parking itself seemed over crowded. As the kids were all excited to explore this place after seeing the pictures of vulture on the sign boards along the way,  they wished to spot one and hence we moved ahead as per plan! They were all the more excited thinking they would get to spot  'Jatayu and Sampati', the vulture siblings born to Lord Garuda (King of Birds) and his consort Unnati.

Egyptian Vulture Couple
Egyptian Vulture Couple

'Ramanagara' is one of the few vulture sanctuaries across India and Asia. We are fortunate enough to have visited the other two vulture sanctuaries across India - Orchha (Madhya Pradesh) and Anjaneri (Maharashtra). Out of the 9 species of vultures found in India, Ramanagara district is home to 3 of them, namely the Long billed vulture, the Egyptian vulture and the White backed Vulture. Although we have spotted Egyptian vultures during our journeys across Ramanagara district over the last few years,  we always wished we could spot one on the Ramadevara Betta. This time, we were in for a surprise! We spotted a  Long billed Vulture and this made our kids very happy. 

Egyptian Vulture Parched on a Hill, Ramanagar

Long Billed Vulture Couple, Ramadevara Betta
Long Billed Vulture
Ramadevara Betta with its  many neighboring hills is closely  related to Lord Rama. There are many stories of Lord Rama associated with Ramadevara Betta, as the name itself suggests. Lord Rama during his 14 years of exile is believed to have stayed and spent some time here. In all likelihood, Lord Rama would have stayed here while proceeding to Lanka to kill Asuraraja Ravana and free Sita Matha. Although most of the stories narrated by the priests here suggest otherwise, that Lord Rama stayed here accompanied by Sita Matha and Lord Lakshmana. This is debatable since the widely accepted place of Sita-haran (kidnapping) is Panchavati which is located in Nashik on the banks of  the river Godavari and Hanuman-milan (Rama meeting Hanuman) is Kishkinda, the environs of Hampi and the capital of Vanara Raja Sugriva, both of them situated towards the north of Ramanagara. Lord Rama's journey during his exile was mostly southward and having spent most of the time during exile in "Dandakaranya", which is believed to be somewhere around Chitrakoot in Chhattisgarh (Central India), it is unlikely that Lord Rama visited this place along with Sita Matha. 

Lord Rama's Journey during Exile
Lord Rama's Journey During Exile

Undoubtedly, there is enough proof to believe that Lord Rama stayed in Ramadevara Betta. However, the time of his stay could be post Hanuman-milan, during the Lord's journey towards Lanka with Vanara Sainya (army of vanaras). One of the most interesting stories associated with this place is Lord Rama's killing of Kakasura (the crow demon, who is also the son of Lord Indra) with an arrow made of a blade of grass (dharbhe hullu), when it was troubling Sita Matha. Finally, Kakasura seeked refuge and pleaded for forgiveness from Lord Rama when the other gods declined any help. As Lord Rama relieved him from being a crow which was the demon's cursed form, it is said that no crows have ever been sighted in and around this place. This story finds its mention in the Ramayana, when Lord Hanuman meets Sita Matha for the first time in Ashoka Vatika of Lanka. It is when Lord Hanuman requests Sita Matha for giving a proof of meeting her so he can show the same to Lord Rama, that Sita Matha narrates this story to him which only Lord Rama was aware of. Along with the narration of this story, she also handed him her bridal jewellery Chudamani as proof. The episode of Kakasura is believed to have taken place somewhere around Dandakaranya (near Chitrakoot ) on a river bank. Therefore, the occurrence of this incident  in Ramadevara Betta is clearly debatable

Bird's Eye View of Dhanushkodi and Sri Rameshwara Temple
Sugreeva's Carving, Ramadevara Betta
Vanara Raja Sugriva's Carving on one of Rock
The other story linked with this place is about the Vanara Raja Sugriva after the coronation of Lord Rama. King Sugriva wished to possess a murti of Lord Rama in the form of a king so he could worship the Lord back home at Kishkinda. He therefore got a murti of Lord Pattabhirama carved and got it blessed by the Lord himself. While returning on his way back to Kishkinda, he heard an 'Akashavani' (a voice from the sky), asking him to stop there and kill the demon Handigundi or Sukhasura, who was troubling the maharishis in meditation (tapas) at Ramadevarabetta. Therefore, King Sugriva placed the murti there, fought the demon Sukhasura fiercely and killed him. The demon after his death is believed to have turned into a hill, which is locally known as Handigundi. Handigundi is located about 4 km from the Ramadevara Betta. A few years back we had the opportunity of trekking this hill too. Post the killing of Sukhasura, Sugriva came back to the place where he had kept the murti of Lord Rama but was unable to move it. While doing so, he heard another Akashavani which ordered him to leave the murti there since the Lord wished to remain there only. Thus Sugriva installed the murti and returned to Kishkinda. An interesting fact related to this story is the rare finding of the carving of Lord Sugriva on this hill. Later, Sri Kempegowda renovated this temple sometime during the 16th century and much of the current structure of the temple is attributed to him. In the 1990's, the temple underwent another renovation. The murti of Lord Pattabhirama here is very divine, where the Lord is seen seated on his throne with Sita Matha on his lap accompanied by his brother Lord Lakshmana and his ardent devotee Lord Anjaneya.

Sri Pattabhirama Swamy Temple, Ramadevara Betta
Sri Pattabhirama Swamy Temple

Lord Pattabhirama Murti, Rama Devara Betta
Lord Pattabhirama Murti
Lord Rama during his visit to this place installed a Linga known as Sri Rameshwara to offer daily worship to Lord Shiva. This temple too was renovated during Sri Kempegowda's rule in the sixteen century. The Rama tirtha/ Dhanushkodi / Nydile tirtha is a beautiful ದೊಣೆ (spring water pond) between the two temples. This tirtha/ doNe/ honda is believed to be the creation of Lord Rama when he shot an arrow there in order to get drinking water. The depth of this tirtha however is not known. An elderly person we met here shared many interesting stories about this tirtha (will be shared in a separate post). In 2014, when we visited here in April, this tirtha was full with clear water. The water from this tirtha is used for the Lord's abhishekam (bathing of the deity) and in the preparation of Naivaidya (offering of food to god). The water is also believed to have many medicinal properties having the powers to heal many incurable diseases. 
Sri Rameshwara temple, Shiva linga Installed by Lord Rama
Sri Rameshwara Temple

Nydile Tirtha

Wherever there is a kote/fort, there is our Lord Anjaneya! There are 5 murtis of Lord Anjaneya in total on the Ramadevara Betta. However, none of them here is seen carved with either his 'gada' (mace) or him carrying  'Dronagiri' parvatha (hill). All the carvings depict the Lord in 'Abhaya Hastha' (blessing hand) posture. As per the archakaru, this posture also means the Lord declaring that he is here to protect his devotees. The carvings are believed to be a swayambhu or self manifested. Except for the one at the entrance of the Ramadevara hill, the rest of the murtis are depicted with sowgandhika puspha (flower) in one hand, similar to the ones across this region especially in places associated with the Kempegowda and family. We happened to visit 4 of the 5 murtis here during our visit. 

Kote Anjaneya Swamy, Ramadevara Betta
Kote Anjaneya Swamy

To be continued....

Sri Panchalingeshwara Swamy Temple, Bettahalli, Magadi

"Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations", so do the wrong ones too! Many a time leading to unknown beautiful destinations!
Information Board 
We were headed for a trek towards Hulikal near Kuduru in Magadi taluk of Ramanagar district. Little did we know that missing the turn that would take a deviation from Kuduru towards Hulikal would lead us to such a beautiful lesser known temple. Still unaware about the turn missed, we drove about 5 km ahead and reached a village named Bettahalli. Only then did we realize we were heading in the wrong direction and decided to make a U-turn. While driving back, a sign board directing towards Sri Panchalingeshwara temple caught our attention and as usual, we were curious to go ahead and explore! And so we did. At the outset, the temple looked new, but we ensured that we explore its interiors. Words are not enough to describe the great work being carried out by Shri Dhramasthala Manjunatha Trust in renovating/restoring beautiful but forgotten historical temples. Kudos to the team for their continuous and self-less support in preserving our rich heritage and history.
Temple Inauguration Details
Never judge a book by its cover. True to this, as we stepped in we found this temple that seemed new from its outlook to be an ancient historical temple indeed! It underwent restoration only to preserve most of its originality. The temple is believed to have been built in 7th Century  by the Cholas, although there are no evidences pointing towards the same. No inscriptions of any kind have been found here. The temple architecture and murtis inside resemble the Chola style of architecture though this place was under the rule of Gangas during the 7th Century. This makes it difficult to assign the period of its construction. However, it can be safely confirmed that the temple was built/renovated by the Cholas sometime during the 11th Century, owing to its stye of architecture.
The Navaranga
Sri Panchalingeshwara temple at Bettahalli is a Panchakuta temple  dedicated to Pancha (5) Shiva Lingas namely - Sri Mahabaleshwara Swamy, Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy, Sri Pathaleshwara Swamy, Sri Vaidyanatheshwara Swamy and Sri  Arkeshwara Swamy. There are 4 devakosthas in the Navaranga of the temple housing Sri Umamaheshwara Swamy, Sri Veerabhadra Swamy, Sri Durga Parameshwari, Sri Ganapathi and Sri Shanumuga.
Lord Arkeshwara
Lord Mahabaleshwara
Lord Mallikarjuna
Lord Pathaleshwara
Lord Vaidyanatheshwara
The murti of Sri Umamaheshwara looks very beautiful and the divine couple are depicted to be seated on their Vrishabha vahana. The lady caretaker was more than happy to give us details about the renovation of this temple and the annual jatre/fair held here. It was quite interesting when she also informed us that during restoration, the entire temple was dismantled but somehow they were unable to dismantle the Nandi murti placed in the Navaranga. Therefore they had to cover the murti and proceed with the restoration work. We spent  sometime going around the temple and later we moved towards Hulikal as per our original plan.
Lord Nandi
Sri Umamaheshwara seated atop Vrishaba
Dwarapalakas at the Entrance

Temples of Karnataka - Part IV


Continued from our previous post, where we have already documented 150 of Must Visit Lesser Known Temples of Karnataka.


151.Sri Siddeshwara temple, Siddanakolla
Taluk : Hungund, Bagalkot
Dynasty : Badami Chalukyas in the 7th Century, Kalyani Chalukyas in 11th Century
About : This temple complex has many ancient temples built around the valley, with a few cave temples around.

Sri Siddeshwara temple complex , Siddanakolla
Sri Siddeshwara temple complex , Siddanakolla

152.The Jaina Basadi, Pattadakal
Taluk : Badami, Bagalkot
Dynasty : Rashtrakutas in 9th Century
About : This temple consists of a garbhagriha with pradakshinapatha, an antarala, a sabhamandapa and mukhamandapa, with a Dravidian shikara. There is a beautifully carved stone ladder in this temple.
Jaina Basadi, Pattadakal
Jaina Basadi, Pattadakal
153. Sri Kalleshwara temple, Degulahalli
Taluk : Sampgaon, Belagavi
Dynasty : Kalyani Chalukyas in 12th Century
About :This temple has a garbhagriha, antarala, an open navaranga with 3 mukhamandapas. Although the Kadamba Nagara shikara remains damaged, the Shukanasi carries a beautiful carving of Lord Nataraja.
Sri Kalleshwara temple, Degulahalli
Sri Kalleshwara temple, Degulahalli
154. Sri Kumaraswamy temple, Kudathini
Taluk : Ballari
Dynasty : Rashtrakutas in 10th Century
About : This temple has 3 garbhagrihas, a common antarala, and open sabhamandapa with a mukhamandapa. The shikara of this temple is missing. This temple is dedicated to Lord Subramanya or Kumaraswamy along with Lord Shiva. The main murti of Kumaraswamy is missing and has been replaced with a murti of Lord Ganesha.
Sri Kumaraswamy temple, Kudathini
155. Sri Gangadhareshwara Swamy temple, Shivagange
Taluk : Nelamangala, Bengaluru Rural
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 13th century, Nada-Prabhus in 16th Century
About : This beautiful cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva has been developed into a large temple with mantapas and prakara. There are 3 bronze images of Kempasomanna, Kempegowda and Ulli Chikanna right opposite to the main deity. 
Sri Gangadhareshwara Swamy Temple, Shivagange
Sri Gangadhareshwara Swamy Temple, Shivagange
156. Sri Channaraya Swamy temple, Nalluru
Taluk : Hoskote, Bengaluru Rural
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 13th Century, Vijayanagara in 14th Century
About : This ruined temple still has much of it outer walls intact, with niches having beautiful sculptures depicting Krishna Leele. The ceiling of the temple is completely damaged and there is no murti in the Garbhagriha. 
Sri Channarayaswamy temple, Nalluru
Sri Channarayaswamy temple, Nalluru
157. Sri Chokkanathaswamy temple, Domlur
Taluk : Bengaluru Urban
Dynasty :  Hoysalas in 13th Century, Vijayanagara in 15th Century
About :This temple has a garbhagriha, antarala, navaranga and mukhamantapa and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Sri Chokkanathaswamy temple, Domlur
Sri Chokkanathaswamy temple, Domlur
158. Sri Vasanthavallabha Swamy temple, Vasanthapura
Taluk : Bengaluru South, Bengaluru Urban
Dynasty :  Cholas in 10th Century, Vijayanagara in 15th Century, Wodeyars in 17th Century
About : This temple is dedicated to Lord Srinivasa or Vallabha Swamy along with his consorts - Sridevi and Bhudevi. This temple has a garbhagriha, antarala, navaranga, sabhamandapa and mukhamandapa with a Dravidian shikara. 
Sri Vasanthavallabha swamy temple, Vasanthapura
Sri Vasanthavallabha swamy temple, Vasanthapura
159. Sri Bhalkeshwara Swamy temple, Bhalki
Taluk : Bhalki, Bidar
Dynasty :  Rashtrakutas in 9th Century, Kalyani Chalukyas in 11th Century 
About : This temple has undergone various modifications, hardly  retaining its original form. The original portions of the temple lie scattered across the temple and its surroundings. 
Sri Bhalkeshwara swamy, Bhalki
Sri Bhalkeshwara swamy, Bhalki
160. Sri Eshwara Swamy temple, Morkhandi
Taluk :  Basavakalyan, Bidar
Dynasty : Kalyani Chalukyas in 11th  Century
About : This temple has a garbhagriha, antarala and sabhamandapa with a modern shikara. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 
Sri Eshwara Temple, Morkhandi
161. Sri Bhu Varaha Swamy temple, Yelandur
Taluk : Yelandur, Chamarajanagar
Dynasty :Vijayanagar in 16th Century
About : This temple has a garbhagriha, an antarala with pradakshinapatha, and a navaranga with mukhamandapa. This temple is dedicated to Bhu Varaha Swamy with Goddess Lakshmi. 
Sri Bhu Varaha Swamy Temple, Yelandur
162. Sri Eshwara Swamy temple, Ambale
Taluk :  Yelandur, Chamarajanagar
Dynasty : Gangas in 8th Century ,Cholas in 10th Century
About : This temple consists of a square garbhagriha with an antarala, mahamandapa with a mukhamandapa with a beautiful brick and mortar Dravidian shikara. 
Sri Eshwara Temple, Ambale
Sri Eshwara Temple, Ambale
163. Sri Bhoganandishwara Swamy temple, Nandi
Taluk :  Chikkaballapura
Dynasty : Banas in 8th Century, Nolambas in 9th Century, Cholas in 10th Century and Various
About :  This huge temple complex consists of many subsidiary shrines apart from the two main temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Bhoganandishwara and Arunchaleshwara. 
Sri Bhoganandishwara swamy Temple, Nandi
Sri Bhoganandishwara swamy Temple, Nandi
164. Twin Basadi, Angadi
Taluk : Mudigere, Chikmagalur
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 11th Century
About :  The twin Basadi here is dedicated to the Jaina Tirthankaras Shantinatha and  Neminatha. These temples follow similar pattern and have a garbhagriha, antarala and a navaranga with mukhamandapa.
Neminatha Basadi, Angadi
Neminatha Basadi, Angadi
165. Sri Rameshwara Swamy temple, Devarunda
Taluk : Mudigere, Chikmagalur
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 12th Century
About :  This temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, navaranga and a mukhamandapa with a Kadamba Nagara shikara enclosed in a prakara. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 
Sri Rameshwara Swamy Temple, Devarunda
166. Sri Siddeshwara Swamy temple, Brahmagiri
Taluk : Molakalmuru, Chitradurga
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 12th Century
About :  This temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, sabhamandapa and a mukhamandapa with a Kadamba Nagara shikara. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Sri Siddeshwara Swamy Temple, Brahmagiri
Sri Siddeshwara Swamy Temple, Brahmagiri
Taluk : Davanagere
Dynasty :Rashtrakutas in 8th Century, Chalukyas in 11th Century, Uchangi Pandyas in 12th Century
About :  This temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, navaranga and an open sabhamandapa with a unique Dravidian shikara. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 
Sri Kalleshwara Swamy Temple, Bethuru
Sri Kalleshwara Swamy Temple, Bethuru
168. Sri Kalleshwara Swamy temple, Kamadhenu
Taluk : Kalghatgi, Dharwad
Dynasty : Chalukyas in 11th Century, Hoysala in 12th Century
About : This temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, sukhanasi, navaranga and 3 mukhamandapas with a renovated shikara in Kadamaba Nagara style. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 
Sri Kalleshwara Swamy Temple, Kamdhenu
Sri Kalleshwara Swamy Temple,Kamadhenu
 169. Sri Brahma Jinalaya, Lakkundi
Taluk : Gadag
Dynasty : Chalukyas in 11th Century, Hoysala in 12th Century
About : This temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, sukhanasi, navaranga and an open sabhamandapa with mukhamandapa. The shikara is of Vesara style and houses a beautiful murti of Neminatha. The Brahma murti installed in a much later period gives this temple the name of Sri Brahma Jinalaya.  
Sri Brahma Jinalaya, Lakkundi
Sri Brahma Jinalaya, Lakkundi
170. Sri Trikuteshwara Swamy Temple, Gadag
Taluk : Gadag
Dynasty : Rashtrakutas in 10th Century, Chalukyas in 11th Century, Hoysalas in 12th Century
About : This temple consists of 3 main garbhagrihas, antarala, along with pradakshinapatha, navaranga a mukhamandapa, attached to Navaranga is an other garbhagriha dedicated to lord Surya Naryana with a mukhamandapa. In the same temple complex is another  temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi.
Sri Trikuteshwara Swamy Temple, Gadag
Sri Trikuteshwara Swamy Temple, Gadag
171. Sri Sharana Basaveshwara Swamy Temple, Kalburgi
Taluk : Kalburgi
Dynasty : Locals in 18th Century 
About :  This temple is dedicated to the very popular 18th century saint Sri Sharana Basaveshwara swamy who was renowned for his kayaka and dasoha. The temple consists of a garbhagriha which houses the samadhi of the swamy along with a sabhamandapa and pradakshinapatha. 
Sri Sharana Basaveshwara swamy temple, Kalburgi
Sri Sharana Basaveshwara swamy temple, Kalburgi
172. Sri Chamundaraya Basadi, Shravana Belagola
Taluk : Channarayapatna, Hassan
Dynasty : Gangas in 10th Century, Hoysalas in 12th Century 
About : This Basadi consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, a sabhamandapa and mukhamandapa with Dravidian shikara. 
Sri Chamundaraya Basadi, Shravana Belagola
Sri Chamundaraya Basadi, Shravana Belagola
173. Sri  Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple, Javagallu
Taluk : Arsikere, Hassan
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 13th Century 
About :  This temple consists of 3 garbhagrihas, an antarala (to the main garbhagriha), a common navaranga and a mukhamandapa with 2 ankanas with Dravidian shikara. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu as Shridhara along with Lords Venugopala and Lakshmi Narasimha. 
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Javagallu
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Javagallu
174. Sri  Kamala Narayanaswamy temple, Heragu
Taluk : Hassan
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 13th Century 
About :  This temple consists of a garbhagriha, antarala, navaranga and a mukhamandapa with Kadamba Nagara shikara. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu in from of Kamala Narayana. 
Sri Kamala Narayanaswamy temple, Heragu
Sri Kamala Narayanaswamy temple, Heragu
175. Sri  Harihareshwara Swamy temple, Hariharapura
Taluk : Arsikere, Hassan
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 13th Century 
About : This temple consists of 3 garbhagrihas with an antarala, sabhamandapa and a mukhamandapa. All three garbhagrihas are empty which once housed murtis of Lords Harihara, Ananthapadmanabha and Goddess Saraswathi. Currently these murtis are in Denmark. 
Sri Harihareshwara Swamy Temple, Hariharapura
Sri Harihareshwara Swamy Temple, Hariharapura


Taluk : Haveri
Dynasty : Kalyani Chalukyas in 11th Century, Hoysalas in 13th Century 
About : This temple consists of a Garbhagriha, an antarala and a navaranga with mukhamandapa. This temple has been renovated with remnants of the old structure and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Sri Basaveshwara Temple, Devagiri
Sri Basaveshwara Temple, Devagiri
177. Sri  Veerabhadreshwara Swamy temple, Hangal
Taluk : Hangal, Haveri
Dynasty : Hangal Kadambas in 12th Century 
About : This temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala and a navaranga with 3 mukhamandapas. This temple has been renovated and is dedicated to Lord Veerabhadra Swamy.

Sri Veerabhadreshwara Swamy Temple, Hangal
Sri Veerabhadreshwara Swamy Temple, Hangal
178. Sri  Omkareshwara Swamy temple, Kodagu
Taluk : Madkeri, Kodagu
Dynasty : Rajas of Kodagu in 18th Century 
About : A large temple built in Kodagu Raja architectural style and is a very unique temple. The temple has a big dome with four minarets. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has a big Kalyani in the front.
Sri Omkareshwara temple, Kodagu

Sri Omkareshwara Swamy Temple, Kodagu

179. Sri  Kolaramma temple, Kolar
Taluk : Kolar
Dynasty : Gangas in 8th Century
About :  This temple has a garbhagriha, antarala and sabhamandapa enclosed in a prakara with a Dravidian shikara. This temple is dedicated to Devi Mahishasuramardhini or Kolaramma, along with the Saptamatrikas. 
Sri Kolaramma Temple, Kolar
Sri Kolaramma Temple, Kolar
180. Sri  Someshwara Swamy temple, Arabi Kothanur
Taluk : Kolar
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 13th Century
About :  This temple consists of a garbhagriha, antarala, sukhanasi, navaranga with mukhamandapa and a renovated shikara. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 
Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple, Arabi Kothanur
Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple, Arabi Kothanur
 181. Sri  Markandeshwara Swamy temple, Vokkaleri
Taluk : Kolar
Dynasty : Vijayanagara in 16th Century
About :   This temple complex consists of many small temples, the main temple is dedicated to Lprd Shiva in the form Markandeshwara. This temple is atop a small hill. 
Sri Markandeshwara Swamy Temple, Vokkaleri
Sri Markandeshwara Swamy Temple, Vokkaleri
182. Sri  Brahmeshwara Swamy temple, Kikkeri
Taluk : K R Pete, Mandya
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 12th Century
About :  This temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, a navaranga and a Nandi mandapa with a Dravidian styled shikara. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The pillars of the navaranga are surmounted by beautiful Madanika  sculptures.
Sri Brahmeshwara Swamy Temple, Kikkeri
Sri Brahmeshwara Swamy Temple, Kikkeri
Taluk : K R Pete, Mandya
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 12th Century
About : This temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, navaranga and mukhamandapa with a Dravidian shikara. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Although the temple lies in a ruined state,  it is a live temple.
Sri Hoysaleshwara Swamy temple, Tenginghatta
Sri Hoysaleshwara Swamy temple, Tenginghatta
Taluk : K R Pete, Mandya
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 12th Century
About : This temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, navaranga and mukhamandapa with a Dravidian shikara. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple compound has been converted in to a museum.
Sri Huneshwara Swamy Temple, Agrahara Bachahalli
 185. Sri  Kashi Visveshwara Swamy temple, Hosabudanur
Taluk : Mandya
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 12th Century
About : This temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, navaranga and mukhamandapa with a Vesara shikara. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Sri Kashi Visveshwara Swamy Temple, Hosabudanur
186. Sri  Bhaktavatsala Swamy temple, Belagola
Taluk : Srirangapatna, Mandya
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 12th Century
About : This is a unique temple having a circular garbhagriha with the rest of the temple missing. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, but murti is missing and has undergone renovation  recently. Nearby is another temple dedicated to Lord Janaradhana. 
Sri Bhaktavatsala Swamy temple, Belagola
187. Sri  Arkeshwara Swamy temple, Hale Yedathore
Taluk : K R Nagar, Maisooru
Dynasty : Gangas in 9th Century, Wodeyars in 17th Century
About : This temple complex is enclosed in a prakara and has many small temples. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Arkeshwara and consists of garbhagriha, antarala, sabhamandapa and mukhamandapa with a Dravidian shikara.
Sri Arkeshwara Swamy Temple, Hale Yedathore
188.Sri Kodanda Ramadevara Swamy temple, Chunchanakatte
Taluk : K R Nagar, Maisooru
Dynasty : Wodeyars in 17th Century
About : This temple consists of a garbhagriha, antarala, sabhamandapa and mukhamandapa. This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama.

Sri Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple, Chunchanakatte
Sri Kodanda Rama Swamy Temple, Chunchanakatte
189. Sri Arunchaleshwara Swamy temple, Harohalli
Taluk : Kanakapura, Ramanagara

Dynasty : Gangas in 8th Century, Cholas in 10th Century
About : This temple complex is enclosed in a prakara and has many small temples. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Arunchaleshwara and consists of garbhagriha, antarala, sabhamandapa and 2 mukhamandapas with a renovated shikara.

Sri Arunchaleshwara Swamy Temple, Harohalli
Sri Arunchaleshwara Swamy Temple, Harohalli
 190. Sri Rameshwara swamy temple, Kuppagadde
Taluk : Soraba, Shivamogga
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 12th Century
About : This temple consists of a garbhagriha, antarala, ardhamandapa, open sabhamandapa with Kadamba Nagari shikara.  This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Sri Rameshwara Swamy Temple, Kuppagade
Sri Rameshwara Swamy Temple, Kuppagade
191. Sri Pranaveshwara Swamy temple, Talagunda
Taluk : Shikaripura,Shivamogga
Dynasty : Kadambas in 4th Century 
About : This is one of the earliest surviving temples built in the region of Karnataka. It is a simple structured temple housing a huge Shiva linga.

Sri Pranaveshwara temple, Talagunda
192. Sri Aghoreshwara Swamy temple, Ikkeri
Taluk : Sagara, Shivamogga
Dynasty : Keladi Nayakas in 15th Century
About :  This temple complex consists of two temples, with the main temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Aghoreshwara. The main temple consists of a garbhagriha, antarala and navaranga with a Dravidian shikara enclosed in a prakara. 
Sri Aghoreshwara Swamy temple, Ikkeri
Sri Aghoreshwara Swamy temple, Ikkeri
193. Sri Venugopala Swamy temple, Nonavinakere
Taluk : Tiptur, Tumkooru
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 12th Century
About : This temple consists of 3 garbhagrihas, antarala, navaranga and mukhamandapa with a Dravidian Shikara. This temple houses beautiful murtis of Lords Venugopala, Keshava and Yoga Narasimha.

Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple, Nonavinakere
Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple, Nonavinakere
194. Sri Vidyashankara Swamy temple, Durgadahalli
Taluk : Tumkooru
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 12th Century
About : This temple consists of a garbhagriha, antarala, sabhamandapa and a mukhamandapa with a Kadamba Nagara shikara. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 
Sri Vidyashankara Swamy Temple, Durgadahalli
Sri Vidyashankara Swamy Temple, Durgadahalli
195. Sri Ramadevara Swamy temple, Nidugal
Taluk : Pavagada,Tumkooru
Dynasty : Vijayanagara in 15th Century
About :  This beautiful cave temple is situated at the base of the Nidugal hill. There is a unique carving of Lord Rama along with Sita Devi and his 3 brothers. There are carvings of Lord Anjaneya and Goddess Mahishasura Mardhini. 
Sri Ramadevara Swamy Temple, Nidugal
Sri Ramadevara Swamy Temple, Nidugal
196. Sri Gangadhareshwara Swamy temple, Turuvekere
Taluk : Turuvekere,Tumkooru
Dynasty : Hoysalas in 13th Century, Vijayanagara in 16th Century
About :This temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, sabhamandapa and mukhamandapa. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and a unique feature of the Shiva Linga here is the presence of Jata (hair) on the Linga depicting Lord Gangadhareshwara. There is a beautiful stone bell belonging to the Vijayanagara period. 
Sri Gangadhareshwara Swamy Temple, Turuvekere
Sri Gangadhareshwara Swamy Temple, Turuvekere
197. Sri Kattale Basadi, Barkur
Taluk : Brahmavara, Udupi
Dynasty : Alupas in 11th Century
About :This temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala and mukhamandapa enclosed in a prakara with an adjoining Lord Shiva temple in the complex. 
Kattale Basadi, Barkur
Kattale Basadi, Barkur
198. Sri Khetappayya Narayana Swamy temple, Mudbhatkal
Taluk : Bhatkal, Uttara Kannada
Dynasty : Keladi Nayakas in 16th Century 
About : This temple consists of a garbhagriha with pradakshinapatha and navaranga with gabled roof and lattice stone windows enclosed in a prakara. This temple is dedicated to Lord Narayana. 
Sri Khetappayya Narayana Swamy Temple, Mudbhatkal
Sri Khetappayya Narayana Swamy Temple, Mudbhatkal
199. Sri Hanumantha Swamy temple, Yadgir
Taluk : Yadgir
Dynasty : Kalyani Chalukyas in 12th Century 
About :  This temple consists of a garbhagriha, antarala and navaranga. This temple has been converted into Hanumantha Swamy temple and has undergone various modifications.  
Sri Hanumantha Swamy temple, Yadgir
Sri Hanumantha Swamy temple, Yadgir
 200. Sri Venugopalaswamy temple, Shorapur
Taluk : Shorapur, Yadgir
Dynasty : Surpur Nayakas in 17th Century 
About : This temple consists of a garbhagriha, antarala and an open sabhamandapa. This temple is dedicated to Sri Venugopalaswamy.
Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple, Shorapur
This is the 4th part of Temples of Karnataka and in total covers all the districts of Karnataka except Raichur. We will continue to update this list as and when possible. This list is just a representation of the great work done by various dynasties that ruled Karnataka. Also with this, we have completed 10 years of blogging and would like to express our heart felt thank you to each one of you who have helped, supported and encouraged us in our journey. Hope this journey continues and we do justice to our blog and travel!

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References:
1. Temples of Karnataka-Book edited by Dr. KM Suresh 
2. Various District Gazetteers 

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