As we were driving towards Khanapur during one of our trips to the district of Belagavi, we came across a board directing us to Degaon/Deganve. Vaguely recollecting about the presence of a beautiful temple dedicated to 'Sri Kamala Narayana Swamy' here, we stopped by to check it out. Without any hesitance, we took a left turn towards this temple. After traveling for about 2 km, we reached the beautiful temple of Sri Kamala Narayana Swamy. Thanks to the incessant rains, this entire region had turned lush green. Sri Kamala Narayana temple was constructed in 1174 AD by Rani Kamaladevi, wife of the Goa Kadamba chief Shivachitta Permadi.
|Sri Kamala Narayana Swamy Temple, Degaon/ Deganve|
|Sri Lakshmi Narayana|
|Lakshmi Devi Garbhagriha|
|Sri Lakshmi Devi|
|Sri Kamala Narayana Garbhagriha|
|Beautiful Central Floral Decorated Ceiling|
|A Close up|
|Side View of Sri Kamala Narayana Swamy Temple|
This temple is considered to be one of the finest surviving temples built by the Goa Kadamba dynasty. The door frames of the garbhagrihas and the northern Mukhamantapa are heavily decked with floral carvings. The ceilings of the Navaranga are deep and adorned with floral pendants in high relief. The Shikharas are non-existent and is believed to be of Kadamba Nagara style. Another unique feature of this temple is the presence of Kakshasana (bench) at the low relief walls of the mukhamantapas. The themes of Krishnaleela, Dashavatara, Madanikas and a few erotic scenes are engraved on the walls of the Kakshasana.
|Krishnaleela and Vishnu Avataras|
|Naga - Nagini Stone|
References: Karnataka Gazetteer