This post is about the Chennakeshava Temple which is another small and beautiful temple of Nagalapura. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the favourite god of the Hoysalas. Any number of adjectives used to describe the Hoysala architecture seems insufficient. They are undoubtedly one amongst the best architects of the world. There are very interesting one line legends about the temple some of which are that, this temple was built in a single day, built in single stone and many more.
The temple, built on a platform is poly angled (like many other Hoysala temples). It is an Ekakuta temple. The exterior and interior of the temple are equally decorative and carry intricate carvings. The ceilings are magnificent and uniquely carved. The Garbagriha houses an idol of Lord Chennakeshava. The pillars are huge and carry a few motifs .
|Lord Vishnu on the Lintel|
|Lord Cheluvanarayana on the Lintel|
|The huge Pillars|
|An example of Skill and Patience!|
Our guide was a young boy of the village and seemed quite interested in sharing the history and legends of the temple. The outer walls of the temple are extremely artistic and contain carvings of various gods and goddesses.
|Side view of the Temple|
|Most intricate and an amazing carving (note the minute detailing)|
Nagalapura is a great place to enjoy architectural beauty. The Kedareshwara temple is being looked after by the ASI and has a permanent care taker, who resides in the neighboring village. The keys to the Chennakeshava temple are kept in a house nearby the temple.
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH48 - Right turn towards Myasandra - Myasandra - Left turn after 3 kms (There is school on the right side ) - Left turn at the dead end - Right turn after 6 kms there is a board in Kannada - Nagalapura
Distance from Bangalore:125 kms
Places to visit nearby: Tandaga, Hulikal, Nonavinkere, Vignasanthe, Turuvekere and many more
Trip date : 27 Feb '2011
Reference: The hours - My Memoir
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