Chola Temple of Binnamangala

     'Binnamangala' is located in the outskirts of Nelamangala and Bangalore. It has a lesser known Chola temple dedicated to Lord Mukthanatheshwara (Shiva). This temple is believed to be built by Raja Rajendra Chola  in the 10 th century AD. This wonderful ancient temple was recently renovated by the ASI with the help of the locals and the deity is being worshiped since then. As some parts of the temple were badly damaged , they had to be replaced by new stones and the work is no match to the original work.
Mukthanatheshwara Temple
      The temple is of ekakuta type with Dravidian style of architecture. The outer walls have carvings of  forms Lord Shiva and his family, some of which are unique. The Shikara is completely a new component. There is an inscription stone (written in Tamil) in front of the temple giving the information about the temple. There is also a sculpture of the king Rajendra Chola besides a tall pillar. 
Carvings on the Outer Walls
Nataraja (Note the Hair Style)
Lord Ganesha
Lord Shiva
Lord Shiva
Elephant Carving at the Corners
Inscription Stone
Rajendra Chola
Friezes with Animal Carvings
    The temple houses a Shiva Linga with a Nandi in the front of it. The pillars are extensively carved, setting an excellent example of the Chola architecture. The door frames are also beautifully decorated. A wonderful carving of the Ashtadikpalas   can be seen on its ceiling.
Extensively Carved Pillar
Closer Look
Pillar Capital
People Worshiping
Door Frame
Ceiling Carving
This temple was open when we visited as it was the eve of Sankranthi (Festival of Harvest). Since the temple's priest was unavailable, we did not get any further information regarding the temple's history.

Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH4 - Take right turn towards Nelamangala - Immediately take a right turn towards the temple.

Distance from the Bangalore: 35 kms

Place to visit Around: Nelamangala, Manne, Shivagange, Nijagal Fort and many more.

Trip Date: 14 Jan' 2010

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Shiva Temple , Aihole

Shiva Temple
Frontal View of Shikara
Royal Seal
Royal Seal
Shiva Parvathi
Ruins of the temples
The Shiva Linga
Intricate Designs on the Ceiling
Heavy Pillar Tops
Lord Ganesha
Door Frame

    We were unable to gather any information or details about this temple including its name. We named it the Shiva temple since the temple housed a Shiva Linga. The temple is situated right at the entrance of Aihole from Hungund side.

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Shri Chennakeshava Temple, Tandaga

Scultpor Engraved, Tandaga temple
     As per the legend, after the completion of  the temple, as a practice, all the sculptors took blessings of the Lord in the temple. It happened so that one of the sculptors turned into a stone after completing the Chennakeshava  Temple in Tandaga. The Gods were pleased with his dedication towards the construction of the temple and blessed  that he will remain a part of the temple. Wow what a story ! We were surprised to hear this story as a lot of questions cropped up in our minds seeing the very unusual sculpture of  a man bowing in reverence before the lord right at temple entrance.
Oath Stone
    There is an oath stone at the entrance which is believed to have immense power. Though the oath stone was frequently used in the olden days,  people now fear doing the same realizing its true power. A few years ago, there was an arrogant person in the village who had done some wrong  which the whole village was aware of and the man denied of his wrongdoings taking an oath on this stone. Gradually over time, his health deteriorated and wealth diminished. Situations forced him to move out of  the village and since then  nobody in the village dare to take an oath here. This is a true story told by a person who has witnessed the same.
Chennakeshava Temple, Tandaga
Chennakeshava Temple
  "Tandaga" is located in Turuvekere taluk, Tumkur district. Very few people are aware of the Chennakeshava temple built here by the Hoysalas in  the12 th century AD. The temple seems very simple in its external features but is very rich in its interiors. It is basically an Ekakuta temple, housing a beautiful idol of Chennakeshava. The idol is very admirable and wonderful. There are nine different types of ceilings in the main hall. The door frames and pillars are extensively carved.
Entrance to the Temple
Carving of Gajalakshmi on the Lintel
Lord Chennakeshava
Door Frames
Pattern on the Door Frames
Ceiling 2
Ceiling 3
Exterior Ceiling
Kalyana Mantapa
Side Wall of the Temple
Amazing Carvings on the Shikara
Statue of Lord Chennakeshava
Garuda Pillar
 The priest lives near by the temple. There is a Malleshwara temple in the village which is older than the Chennakeshava temple though it looked completely renovated. Unfortunately, this temple was locked and the priest was unavailable. 

Directions from Bangalore :  Bangalore - NH48 - Kunigal - Yediyur - Right turn - Mayasandra - Turuvekere - Left turn towards Nonavinkere  - about 7 kms Doddaghatta - left turn - about 5 kms- Tandaga

Distance from Bangalore : 125 kms

Places to visit around : Nagalapura, Hulikal, Nonavinkere, Vignasanthe, Turuvekere and many more .
Trip date : Feb 27' 2011

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