Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Hoysala Temples, Sante Bachahalli -K R Pete

K R Pete (Krishnarajapete) is a hub to Hoysala temples. One such small village of K R Pete is 'Sante Bachahalli', housing a few Hoysala temples. The most prominent among them is the Mahalingeshwara temple built during the 12th century. The temple has a simple structure when compared to other Hoysala temples, and its interiors and the Shikara are grand. There is a temple besides the main temple dedicated to Kalabhairava. Though the priest  was available,  he was quite busy attending and serving the devotees. This kept him from giving any details about the temple. There is an old board outside the temple that provides general information about the temple.
The Old Broad
Mahalingeshwara Temple, Sante Bachahalli
Shikara of Mahalingeshwara Temple, Sante Bachahalli
Beautiful Carvings

Skillfully executed
Lord Shiva in Gribhagriha
From here we moved on to the Veeranarayana Temple located in the village center. The temple looked renovated from outside and we were unable to go inside the temple as the priest was unavailable. Our next was the Lord Hanuman temple, believed to have been built by the Vijayanagar Kings. The lord is carved out  beautifully  on a huge stone. 
Veeranarayana Temple
Hoysala Temples of K R Pete: Hosaholalu, Kikkeri, Govindanahalli, Sheelanere, Sindaghatta, Tonachi, Hariharapura, Kalahalli, Agrahara Bachalli, Aghalaya  many more .


  1. Wow! That is a nice find.

  2. So much beauty and such wonderful captures! As always your photos are the next best thing to being there! Thanks for sharing the beauty and the history!! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. That first temple is especially beautiful. I really like your photo of the temple against the blue sky. The entire complex of temples is fascinating.

  4. beautiful photos esp inner side of temples

    nice write-up


  5. Ancient and architecturally very beautiful, many thanks for my armchair tour to yet another hidden gem.

  6. Your blog is a must-visit for me for planning my trips!

  7. good one , thanks for sharing.

  8. I love all the ancient architecture. Fascinates me and makes me imagine the time when this was actually built.