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The Grand Hoysala Temple: Shri Bucheshwara Temple, Koravangala, Hassan

Sri Bucheshwara Temple, Koravangala
Sri Bucheshwara Temple, Koravangala
As a part of the annual day celebrations of Canadia Trust, the team makes sure to visit a place located close by to Bangalore. During one such occasion, we had a chance to visit the beautiful Sri Bucheshwara temple of Koravangala. Koravangala is a small sleepy village located off the Hassan - Arsikere highway. 'Sri Bucheshwara temple' is a grand Hoysala temple built in 12th century AD by Bucha, the younger brother of Govinda, an officer working under King Narasimha I. This is a dwikuta temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Linga as its principal deity and Lord Surya as a secondary deity. The temple consists of 2 garbhagrihas with 2 antaralas, a sabhamandapa and navaranga  with 2 mukhamandapas.
Mukhamandapa 
Hoysala Emblem and Dravidian Shikara  
Shaiva Dwarapalas 
Wall Decked Up With Carvings of Various Gods and Goddess 
 The dravidian shikara on the main garbhagriha is a grand structure with 3 talas, surmounted by a vedika and kuta roof with a kalasa. The navaranga is square and stands on four central lathe turned round pillars. The ceiling of the navaranga has 9 ankanas decorated with different types of mouldings. The outer walls of the temple are decorated with various forms of Lords Shiva and Vishnu. The open sabhamandapa is star shaped, standing on four central lathe turned round pillars. The Hoysala emblem adorns the vestibule of this temple. There are two sculptures of standing elephants in front of this temple at both the entrances. There is also a big inscription stone inside the temple compound. The ASI has done a great job in maintaining this temple. The care taker of this temple also doubles up as a guide.
Kalinga Mardhana 
Govardhana 
Goddess Durgi 
Lord Surya 
Lord Umamaheshwara 
Lord Surya 
Other Places to visit nearby:  Group of Hoysala Temples at Mosale, Shanthi Grama, Arsikere, Belur and Halebidu, Shettihalli Church, Gorur Dam, Sanka Hoysala Temple, Kondajji Hoysala Temple, Doddagaddavalli Hoysala TempleGarudanagiri FortMaharajanadurga Fort and many such.
How to Reach Koravangala: Located off the Hassan - Arsikere Highway, about 13 km from Hassan. 
Entry Fee: Entry is free. 
Accommodation:  There is no option of accommodation in Koravangala; one can stay at Hassan where there are plenty of options to suit one’s budget. We usually choose Hotel Suvarna Regency, which is quite affordable with all modern amenities. One can also choose to stay at Hotel Hoysala Village Resort which is an upscale resort located close by. 
Where to Eat: There are no eateries here, although one can stop by at Hassan which is close by with plenty of options to suit one’s taste. Recommended ones are Hotel Suvarna Sagar, Hotel Kadamba and Hotel Sri Krishna.
References:
1. Temples of Karnataka - A book written by Dr.K.M. Suresh

The Lesser Known Hoysala Temple - Sri Keshava Temple, Hullekere, Hassan

Sri Keshava Temple, Hullekere
Sri Keshava Temple, Hullekere
Hullekere is a small nondescript village near Gandasi in Arsikere Taluk of Hassan District. This place is home to a lesser known Hoysala temple built in 1163 AD by Narasimha I, as per the inscriptions found here. The temple looks like a replica of the Anekere Chennakeshava Temple, being similar in plan and dimensions, except that this temple has more intricate carvings when compared to the temple at Anekere. Sri Keshava temple here is a perfect example of Hoysala temple Architecture. The temple is surrounded by a prakara wall with a  roof supported by pillars, forming a cloister. The main entrance is towards the east with a front porch supported by 6 circular lathe turned pillars.
Hoysala Temple, Hullekere
Sri Keshava Temple, Hullekere
Guardian Elephants of the Temple 
The Shikara 
Sri Keshava temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, and a sabhamantapa with an open mukhamandapa. The garbhagriha houses a beautifully executed murti of Lord Keshava standing on a Garuda pitha. The door way of the garbhagriha is richly decorated and has a depiction of Gajalakshmi on its lintel. The sabhamantapa is square and has four skillfully executed  round lathe turned pillars. There are nine ankanas (parts) of ceiling, each one decorated with mouldings which are unique. The door jamb here is again richly carved with an image of Gajalakshmi on its lintel.
Kalinga Mardhana with Balarama on the Right and Kaliya Begging for forgiveness in the Left
The Inscription Slab 
Lord Vishnu 
The outer walls of the temple are decorated with pilasters, stambhas and diamond shaped flowers. There are many niches which are beautified with all the 24 forms of Vishnu, attended by female attendants on either sides. The Dravidian shikara here is a treat to the eyes. It comprises of 3 talas (layers) and is crowned with a kalasa. The beautiful Hoysala emblem adorns the vestibule of this temple. There are two sculptures of standing elephants in the front of this temple. There is also a big inscription stone inside the temple compound. Yet, this beautiful temple doesn't come under purview of the ASI (archaeological survey of India) and was restored with the help of Sri Dramasthala Manjunatha Trust. 
Other Places to visit nearby: Group of Hoysala Temples at Mosale, Shanthi Grama, Arsikere, Haranahalli, Nonavinakere, Nuggehalli, Belur and Halebidu, Shettihalli Church, Sanka Hoysala Temple, Kondajji Hoysala Temple, Aralaguppe TemplesGarudanagiri FortMaharajanadurga Fort and many such.
How to Reach Doddagaddavalli: Located off the Hassan - Tiptur highway, about 45 km from Hassan and about 170 km from Bangalore via Tiptur. 
Entry Fee: Entry is free. 
Accommodation:  There is no option of any accommodation here in Hullekere; one can stay in Hassan where there are plenty of options to suit one’s budget. We usually choose Hotel Suvarna Regency, which is quite affordable with all modern amenities. 
Where to Eat: There are no eateries here, although one can stop at Hassan which is close by with plenty of options to suit one’s taste. Recommended ones are Hotel Suvarna Sagar, Hotel Kadamba and Hotel Sri Krishna.

References:
1. Temples of Karnataka - A book written by Dr.K.M. Suresh


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The Hoysala Temple of Doddagaddavalli , Hassan

Doddagaddavalli, a small village located off the Hassan - Belur Highway is home to one of the uniquely built Hoysala temple. The Lakshmi Devi temple here is the only surviving Chatuskuta (four shrined) temple built by the Hoysalas, while the Bhimeshwara temple of Nilgunda (Harapanahalli, Davangere) is the only other surviving Chatuskuta temple, built by the Chalukyas. Though both the temples were built almost during the same period and are similar in architectural resemblance, the Lakshmi temple of Doddagaddavalli is a more prominent Chatuskuta temple with 4 shikaras still intact. A typical Chatuskuta temple has 4 garbhagrihas in four cardinal directions, with a common sabhamantapa.
Lakshmi Devi Temple, Doddagaddavalli
Lakshmi Devi Temple, Doddagaddavalli 
Temple of Karnataka, Doddagaddavalli
Lakshmi Devi Temple, Doddagaddavalli 
 The Lakshmi Devi temple complex is enclosed within a prakara wall with four small shrines located at each corner. The 8 towers include the shikaras of 4 small shrines along with the 4 main shrines standing in eight different directions, probably intended to represent the cardinal and ordinal directions or the Ashta dikkugalu (North, East,  West, South,  North East, North West, South East and South West). There is another temple in the complex built subsequently by the Hoysalas, contributing to a total of 9 towers here. The main eastern shrine houses the murti of Goddess Lakshmi Devi, with Lord Keshava in the south (though now the original murti is missing), Lord Shiva in the form of a Linga in west and Goddess Kali in the northern shrine. There are two huge nude Bethala sculptures depicted as dwarapalas of Goddess Kali. 
The Four Shikaras 
Hoysala Emblem
Hoysala Emblem 
Inscriptions Etched on the wall
 The common sabhamantapa is square in plan with 4 central lathe turned pillars. The ceilings of the sabhamantapa are a classical representation of Hoysala architecture. The main shikara of the garbhagriha which houses the murti of Goddess Lakshmi Devi is Dravidian in style, while the other 8 shikaras here are of Nagara style. The outer walls of the temple are plain and decorated with pilasters surmounted by miniature shikaras. The beautiful Hoysala emblems adorn the vestibules of all four shikaras here. The image of Goddess Lakshmi Devi at the central portion of the ceiling of the Mukhamantapa is carved in such a way that, it appears as though she looks at us from which ever direction we see her. This is a wonderful artwork of the Hoysalas. The temple is maintained by the ASI and a care taker is appointed by them for the maintenance of this temple. 
Goddess Lakshmi
Shakti Cult Carving on the Lintel 
The Bethala
Devi on the Ceiling of Mukhamantapa
Me with Curious Kid 
Broken Herostones 
Other Places to visit nearby:  Group of Hoysala Temples at Mosale, Shanthi Grama, Arsikere, Belur and Halebidu, Shettihalli Church, Gorur Dam, Sanka Hoysala Temple, Kondajji Hoysala Temple, Garudanagiri Fort, Maharajanadurga Fort and many such.
How to Reach Doddagaddavalli: Located off the Hassan - Belur Highway, about 15 km from Hassan. 
Entry Fee: Entry is free. 
Accommodation:  There is no option of any accommodation here in Doddagaddavalli; one can stay in Hassan where there are plenty of options to suit one’s budget. We usually choose Hotel Suvarna Regency, which is quite affordable with all modern amenities. One can also choose to stay at Hotel Hoysala Village Resort which is an upscale resort located close by. 
Where to Eat: There are no eateries here, although one can stop by at Hassan which is close by with plenty of options to suit one’s taste. Recommended ones are Hotel Suvarna Sagar, Hotel Kadamba and Hotel Sri Krishna.
References:
1. Temples of Karnataka - A book written by Dr.K.M. Suresh
2. The Hoysala Temples - A book written by S.Settar 

Related Posts:
1. Top 50 must visit lesser known temples of Karnataka 

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Places to visit around Bangalore/ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು/ Bengaluru - Part 12

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Type: Hoysala Temples
Distance from Bangalore: 220 km
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH 48 - Tumkur - NH 73 - Arsikere - Left turn - Mavuthanahalli
About: The Mahalingeshwara Temple here serves as a very good example of Hoysala architecture which  flourished during the 12th century. The temple is extremely beautiful despite being in ruins. The locals offer their daily prayers. More.
Mahalingeshwara Temple, Mavuthanahalli
Mahalingeshwara Temple, Mavuthanahalli 
Type: Hill Fort, Temple Town
Distance from Bangalore: 70 km
Trek Distance: 2 Km (One way)
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH 77 - Hoskote - Left towards Chintamani - Till Kaivara
About: The hill fort here was built by Tippu and later improvised by the local Palegars. Much of the fortification remains intact and is currently being maintained by the Forest department. There is a temple dedicated Lord Veerabhadraswamy and a water pond. More
Rehmangarh Fort, Kaivara
Rehmangarh as Seen from Ambajidurga 
Type: Hill Fort, Temple Town
Distance from Bangalore: 70 km
Trek Distance: 2.5 km (One Way)
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH 77 - Hoskote - Left towards Chintamani 
About: The hill fort here was built by Tippu and later improvised by the local Palegars. Much of fortification remains intact but this place is now abandoned. Trekking here is strictly prohibited. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. More
Ambajidurga Fort, Chintamani
Ambajidurga Fort 
Type: Hill Fort, Temple Town
Distance from Bangalore: 122 km
Trek Distance: 3 km
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH 47 - Dabaspet - Right towards Madhugiri
About: The hill fort here was built during the Vijayanagar period and later improvised by Hyder Ali. Though much of the fortification remains intact, the ASI have taken additional measures to restore this fort along with all precautionary measures in order to ensure a safe climb to people venturing this fort. More
Madhugiri Fort
Madhugiri Fort 
65. Nallur
Type: Bio-diversity Site, Temple Town
Distance from Bangalore: 50 km
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH 4 -  Hoskote - Towards Devanahalli - Nallur
About: Nallur's Tamarind Grove is regarded as the first bio-diversity heritage site in India. This site covers around 53 acres in area having more than 300 tamarind trees. The oldest tree here is confirmed to be around 410 years old. There are numerous ruined temples here which were built during the reign of Chola dynasty in the 12th century. More
Nallur Biodiversity Heritage Site
Nallur Biodiversity Heritage Site 

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Maharajanadurga Fort, Hassan

Maharajanadurga Hill
Maharajanadurga is a hill located in Alur taluk of Hassan district. Having read about it previously, we wished to visit the same as we were around Hassan.  We drove to Alur the next morning and tried locating this place on google maps but in vain. Since all our efforts (including inquiry with locals) to locate this place failed to yield any positive result, we decided to drive ahead and check with the locals in the neighboring village for any information. We met an auto-driver who on questioning seemed blank and absolutely had no idea what we were looking for! When we specified it was about a fort near by, he replied with the answer of Manjarabad, which is a popular fort and not the one we were interested in. As a last chance, we tried explaining the story related to a King who ruled that place and finally, he realized we were searching for a place named 'Magana Thinda Maharayanabetta' for which he gave us further directions.
Path Through the Undergrowth
Third Gateway
Lord Hanuman 


 Following his directions we reached the village of Magge. A kindly person guided us towards the base of this hill, though reaching the same was quite tricky. We followed a route we found, passing through thorny shrubs and dense undergrowth until we reached the first gateway of the fort. We were glad to know that we were on the right path and equally astonished to witness the much intact fort walls. After we crossed four such gateways, the path led us to the top of the fort. Hereon, it was a steep climb to the hill top. We found remains of a few ruined structures here and there and  broken pieces of pottery which resembled that of the Vijayanagar period.
Fort Wall Above Rock
Soaked in History
Fourth Gateway
Fifth Gateway
Steep Slope
Bird's Eye View 
 As per the local legend " There was a king by name Veera Raja, who was a brave ruler. It is said that his own people conspired against him by killing his son and making him eat his son's flesh. The king remained unaware of his actions until one day when he came to know of his eating his son's flesh, felt guilty and committed suicide by jumping from the top of the hill. Thus the hill got its name of "Magana thinda Maharajanadurga", translated as "the fort of the king who ate his son's flesh". This beautiful fort certainly requires some restoration and maintenance. Little is known about the history of this place apart from the information that the fort was built by the local Palegars though it seems to belong to the 16th century, post Vijayanagar era.
Brain Shaped Rock
Remains of the Fort Atop the Hill 
Broken Pottery  
Horse Stable
A Ruined Water Storage Structure 
Maharajanadurga as viewed from Parvathi Betta