Ancient Temples of Gummanayakanapalya

         Continued from our previous post Gummanayakanapalya fort....

     "Gummanayakanapalya" has history dating back to the 12 th century AD. Apart from the magnificent fort , there are a few temples and other ruins spread across the village. We found three temples in the village dating back to the Vijayanagar period .
       The most beautiful temple here was that of Lord Rama. But is completely in a bad state with poor  maintenance. Upon inquiring with the locals , we came to know that recently, the temple here was surveyed as some agencies planned to restore the same. We assumed the agency to be ASI though not sure. Currently, it is serving as a cattle shed for the village cows.
Lord Rama Temple
          This temple had carvings on the outer wall depicting the stories from "Ramayana". The pillars  were also heavily carved, contained carvings pertaining to Lord Vishnu, his avatars and consorts. There is no sign of a Shikara.
Carvings depicting Stories from Ramayana
Beautiful Carvings
The Decorative Pillar
Pillar Top
Lakshminarashima
Lord Vishnu and his Consorts
Lord Venugopala
Lakshmana, Rama and Sita
Vamanavatar
Lord Saraswathi and the Swan
Trivikrama
Door Frame
Dance Floor
        The next temple we visited was of Lord Venkataramana (Vishnu ). This temple has undergone continuous renovation. Just opposite to the temple, there are two pillars and a mantap constructed using huge stone  pillars. This mantap is assumed to be the King's Balance (quite a Vijayanagar tradition).Unfortunately, this temple was closed. From here we visited Goddess Lakshmi's temple , which was also closed . But, it is for sure renovated.
King's Balance and the Pillars
Lord Venkataramana Temple

Temple of Goddess Lakshmi

Remains of the Carving
Dwarapalaka
       Finally, on our way back from this place, we spotted a stepped tank which was lovely.
Stepped Tank
Final View of G N Kote
     This place requires serious care and maintenance. Altogether, a wonderful place to visit . Locals are quite helpful .
Trip date : 28 Nov 2010

Gummanayakanapalya Kote, Near Bagepalli

   "Gummanayakanapalya", is a small village located in Bagepalli taluk of Chikkaballapur district . This place is home to a lesser known fort built by a local chieftain with the help of a wealthy farmer Gummi Reddy. The history of this place is not very well known .The board put up by the Government of Karnataka Tourism reads  " Welcome to the historical place of  the Vijayanagar Kingdom " and gives  details of the facilities available here . But none of the facilities exist today .
Welcome Board
     This place was on our to-be visited list since a long time. Finally,when we landed here, the only  thought in our minds was how could such a beautiful place be a lesser known and talked about place.
Initial View
Closer View of the Magnificent Fort
      The journey was an amazing one for two reasons -  the long bike journey and the pleasant weather all along .
  NH 7-A Pleasure to Ride
A Beautiful Lake
Smooth as Butter
The Sunny-Shady Road
Lovely !
Bike Park
     After interacting with a few locals , we started to walk towards the fort.  The entrance to the fort is very grand. On entering the fort , we spotted two small temples, one dedicated to Lord Anjaneya and the other  to Lord Ganesha .  Proceeding further, we found an other entrance, which had wonderful carvings on it . It was surprising to see erotic carvings on the wall .
The Main Entrance
Top of the Inner Entrance
 Entrance- View from the inside
Lord Anjaneya
Lord Ganesha
Dancing Couple
Carvings on the Wall
Man Fighting a Tiger
Snake Charmer
Erotic Carvings
Use of a Gun
               We also found the remains of a palace, probably built by an Islamic ruler since it resembled the Indo-Islamic style of architecture .   
Remains of the Palace
A Portion of the Palace
      There were many ruined structures on the way to the top of the fort .The inner tiers of the fort walls are intact . The last (inner most) tier opens up into a plain land with some ruined structures.
The Fort Wall
Temple
Walk to the Top
The Summit
Eternal View from the Top
Truly Breath-taking
Aerial View
Bird's Eye View of Gummanayakanapalya
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH7 - Right turn - Bagepalli - Travel about 8 kms - Left turn (there is a sign board )-  Travel about 16 kms - Left turn (there is a sign board ) - Travel about 5 kms - Left turn - Proceed further to reach the village of G N Palya

Distance from Bangalore: 150 kms

To be continued .............