Hosadurga Fort, Chaturbhuja Sri Ramadevara Betta Kanakapura

Chaturbhuja Sri Ramadevara Betta, Hosadurga
Chaturbhuja Sri Ramadevara Betta, Hosadurga
On a Sunday morning during summer, we decided to trek the lesser known Ramadevara Betta of Kanakapura and started early so we could complete our trek before the day got warm. After having breakfast at our regular stopover hotel on the Kanakapura road, we raced towards our destination. We reached the village of Hosadurga without any difficulty and inquired to confirm about the route to the fort which was about 2 km hereon. Though we initially missed the route and drove on the main road, we backtracked and got into the right direction which was a bit off the main road. We reached the hill base of Sri Ramadevara Betta, parked our vehicle under the shade of a tree and  began our ascent. Hosadurga fort is believed to have been built by the Palegars of Channapatna around 17th century, which later fell into hands of the Wodeyars of Mysore. Not much history is known about this fort though. 
Bidadi  Special Thatte Idli
Bidadi  Special Thatte Idli
Hosadurga Fort Gateway
Enter The Dragon, Hosadurga Fort
Trek Path
The climb being easy, we reached the first tier of the fort wall and were welcomed by a ruined doorway. We continued our climb and reached the second gateway where we found many ruined structures,  indicating that this part of the fort was probably inhabited by people. It was quite interesting to find a ruined building resembling structures at the forts of Chitradurga and Nidugal. Further ahead, steps were laid which led to the entrance of the third tier of fortification. The trek path narrows down from here, with the path snaking between two huge boulders and a steep climb further took us to the summit of the hill. 
Remains of Bastion
Remains of Some Building
Between the Boulders
Enclosed in a small old mandapa atop the hill is a pillar housing a beautiful carving of Lord Chaturbhuja Sri Rama on one side and Lords Hanumantha and Lakshmana on the other sides.  The pillar is believed to have been installed by Vyasa Maharshi at a place where Lord Rama gave darshana and appeared before him. We spent sometime at the top, admiring the beauty of the surrounding hills. Our descent was quick, with us reaching the hill base in sometime. Thus ending another adventurous quest of  lesser known places around Bangalore. 
Chaturbhuja Sri Rama
Lord Chaturbhuja Sri Rama
The Pillar Enclosure
Sri Rama Paadha (Lord's Feet)
Camouflaged Gecko 
Beautiful Artwork of Lord Hanumantha
Danaid Eggfly Butterfly
Lord Hanumantha Carving at the Base of the Hill
Ghandabherunda (Royal Emblem of Wodeyars)

How to reach Hosadurga: Bangalore - Kanakapura - Kodihalli -Hosadurga - Take a left turn after 1 km.
Distance from Bangalore:  80 km

References:
1.ರಾಮನಗರ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಪ್ರವಾಸಿ ತಾಣಗಳು - ಪ್ರೊ.ಎಂ.ಶಿವನಂಜಯ್ಯ 

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MP Diaries - Temples of Khajuraho, Love Personified



We planned to halt at Khajuraho for that night after completing Orchha and started late evening. The drive was very difficult and tricky due to poor visibility, owing to the fog accumulation.  We had to cross a small area of Uttar-Pradesh where the highway police were in full action, stopping by vehicles for checking and inquiry. We were allowed to pass by them. After driving carefully for more than half the distance towards Khajuraho, we suddenly realized that my ID was not returned by the lodge staff at Orchha!! Thoroughly disappointed with our negligence, we were contemplating whether or not to drive back to Orchha for the ID, as we had already traveled more than a 100 km. While I insisted it would not be feasible to do the same keeping in mind the bad foggy night drive and distance, my wife insisted that we drive back and get the ID as it was an important document and the lodge staff were rude and not trustworthy. Somehow she convinced me and taking a U-turn, we drove towards Orchha keeping our cool. We informed the lodge staff to keep the ID ready and that we were heading back to bring it. We had to pass by the police check again and this time, we were stopped by them and inquired as to why we had been traveling to and fro in such a short interval! We had our vehicle checked and after a thorough explanation of our story and showing them our ID’s, we were sent. This was the only encounter with Police during our entire MP trip. We reached Orchha and collected the ID and headed to Khajuraho without wasting any much time. This entire process added only additional stress and strain, but also was quite exciting! We reached Khajuraho around 1:00 am only to find that the roads were deserted and most of the lodges either were not responding or closed. After knocking on many lodges and and not getting any response, we stopped by Hotel Zostel and found an accommodation for the night.
Khajuraho Monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is renowned for its exquisite carvings of erotic sculptures that adorn its temple walls. This region was known as Jejakbhukti in medieval times and holds a significant role in Indian history. The remarkable temples at Khajuraho were built between 950 and 1050 AD by the Chandelas. Originally, there were around 85 temples, out of which now only around 22 survive. Most of the temples are built of sandstone except the Chausath Yogini, Brahma and Lalguan Mahadeva which are constructed partly of granite. The temples belong to Shaiva, Vaishnava and Jaina sects. The temples at Khajuraho are built in Nagara style of architecture and mark the culmination of Indian architecture design. The sculptures found on the exterior and interior of the temples at Khajuraho portray images of gods, goddesses and other divine figures, apsaras and sura-sundaris (celestial nymphs and beauties), amorous couples (mithuna), mythical creatures and animals, musicians and dancers, war and hunting scenes, and scenes from daily life. The temples are divided into western, eastern and southern groups. 
Reaching New  Heights - Khajuraho
The Western Group
Lakshmi Temple: This small temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, consort of Lord Vishnu and is plain, and simple in its structure and style.
Lakshmi Temple, Khajuraho
Lakshmi Temple, Khajuraho
Varaha Temple: This sandstone temple is built on a high platform and is simple in style. It enshrines a massive murti of Varaha (the boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu) which carries impressive miniature carvings of Hindu deities, close to 675 in number all over its body. At the base of the Varaha murti is seen a serpent and remains of a damaged sculpture, probably one of Goddess Bhudevi (earth goddess). This temple is datable to 900-925 AD.
Varaha Temple, Khajuraho
Varaha Temple, Khajuraho
Grand Lord Varaha, Khajuraho
Grand Lord Varaha
Lakshmana Temple: The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and was built by the Chandela ruler Yashovarman between 930 and 950 AD. The temple stands on a high platform and consists of an ardha-mandapa (entrance porch), mandapa, maha-mandapa, antarala (vestibule) and garbhagriha (sanctum) with an ambulatory pathway. The platform has friezes depicting war scenes involving soldiers, elephants, camels, horses and other processions. The entrance is decorated with a beautifully and elegantly carved makara torana (arched entrance flanked by crocodiles). The sanctum houses a damaged murti of Lord Vishnu depicted as Vaikuntha with 3 faces (human, lion, and boar) and 4 arms. The exteriors of the temple are decked with intricately carved balconies with balustrades. The outer walls of the temple have two bands of sculptures of various gods and goddesses, sura-sundaris captured in different moods, and amorous couples and erotic scenes.
Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho
Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho
Kandariya Mahadev Temple: This marvelously beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built between 1025 and 1050 AD. It consists of an entrance porch, mandapa, maha-mandapa, antarala and garbhagriha with a pradakshina patha (circumambulatory passage). The entrance has an intricately carved makara torana. Its sanctum houses a shivalinga. The temples symmetrical proportioning is perfectly executed and so are its design and sculptures that adorn the walls.  The temple stands on a high platform carved with ornamental mouldings, geometric patterns, and friezes of elephants, horses, musicians, dancers, hunters, warriors, and miscellaneous scenes. The central shikara along with the miniature shikaras is imposing and impressive. It is an outstanding monument of Khajuraho.
Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, Khajuraho
Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, Khajuraho
Jagadambi Temple: Originally dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple now houses a murti of goddess Parvati in the sanctum. The temple stands on a high platform and consists of a sanctum, vestibule, a maha-mandapa with lateral transept and an entrance porch. The lintel of the sanctum contains a carving of four armed image of Lord Vishnu. Its outer walls are decorated with carvings of celestial beauties and amorous couples. The temple is datable to 1000-1025 AD.
Jagadambi Temple, Khajuraho
Jagadambi Temple, Khajuraho
Chitragupta Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Surya, the sun god and stands on a high platform. It consists of a sanctum, vestibule, a maha-mandapa with lateral transept and an entrance porch. The sanctum houses an impressive murti of the sun god driven by 7 horses. The outer walls of the temple carry carvings of celestial beauties (sura-sundaris), amorous couples and deities, including a partially damaged image of eleven headed Vishnu in the central niche of the south facade.  The temple is datable to 1000-1025 AD.
Chitragupta Temple, Khajuraho
Chitragupta Temple, Khajuraho
Vishwanatha Temple: This temple was built by the Chandela king Dhanga in 1002 AD and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is among the finest monuments of Khajuraho, housing beautiful sculptures. Originally being a panchayatana shrine, now only 2 subsidiary shrines have survived. The temple consists of an entrance porch, mandapa, mahamandapa and garbhagriha enclosed by an ambulatory. The inscription on the mandapa also refers to dedications of 2 lingas, one made of emerald and the other of stone.  
Vishwanatha Temple, Khajuraho
Vishwanatha Temple, Khajuraho
Nandi Shrine:  Standing apart and facing the main deity Lord Shiva of Vishwanatha temple is a large murti of Nandi, the bull mount of Lord Shiva.  The Nandi is quite simple and plain in style and enclosed in a small shrine whose roof is supported by 12 plain pillars.  
Nandi Mantapa
Matangeshwara Temple: The temple is situated next to the Lakshmana temple and can be dated to 950-1002 AD. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga and is the only temple where daily worship is still continued. The festival of Mahashivaratri is elaborately celebrated, with many pilgrims visiting this temple.
Matangeshwara Temple, Khajuraho
Matangeshwara Temple, Khajuraho
Lord Matangeshwara and The Priest
Chausath Yogini Temple: This granite temple is dedicated to the 64 yoginis and is now in a ruined state with only a few of the cells surviving. The temple is rectangular in plan with an open courtyard bordered by smaller cells housing yoginis. It is the earliest surviving temple dating to 900 AD. 
Chausath Yogini Temple, Khajuraho
Chausath Yogini Temple, Khajuraho

The Eastern Group
Brahma Temple: Though it is called as Brahma temple, its sanctum houses a Shivalinga and the lintel of its sanctum has a carving of Lord Vishnu. This temple is datable to 900 AD.
Brahma Temple, Khajuraho
Brahma Temple, Khajuraho
Vamana Temple: This temple is dedicated to Vamana, the dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It consists of a sanctum with seven projections in plan (saptaratha), vestibule, mandapa with lateral transepts and an entrance porch. The sanctum is devoid of any ambulatory path (nirandhara) and enshrines an image of 4 armed vamana flanked by chakrapurusha and shankapurusha on left and right. The shikara is simple and the outer walls are decorated with 2 bands of sculptures which include graceful figures of sura-sundaris. The temple can be dated to 1050-1075 AD.
Vamana Temple, Khajuraho
Vamana Temple, Khajuraho
Javari Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is datable to 1075-1100 AD. It has a garbhagriha, vestibule, mandapa and portico but without pradakshina patha. The makara torana is remarkable and so is its shikara. The outer walls are decorated with 3 bands of beautifully carved sculptures. 
Jevari Temple, Khajuraho
Jevari Temple, Khajuraho
Ghantai Temple: This Jain temple is now completely in ruins, with only a portion of its mahamandapa and pillars of the entrance porch surviving.  Its name is attributed to the presence of chain and bell motifs on its tall pillars.
Ghantai Temple, Khajuraho
Ghantai Temple, Khajuraho
Parshvanatha Temple: This is the largest and best preserved among the Jain temples of Khajuraho having individual features of plan and design. The temple was built in the middle of the 10th century and is partially made up by latticed windows and has a shrine attached to the rear of the sanctum. The three bands of sculptures on its outer walls feature graceful sura-sundaris, celestial beings, couples, Hindu gods and goddesses which are exquisitely finished. 
Parshvanatha Temple, Khajuraho
Parshvanatha Temple, Khajuraho
Adinatha Temple: This Jain temple is dedicated to Jina Adinatha and was built in the latter half of the 11th century. It now consists only of a sanctum without any ambulatory path and a vestibule. The exterior walls comprise of three bands of sculptures including graceful sura-sundaris.
Adinatha Temple, Khajuraho
Adinatha Temple, Khajuraho
The Southern Group
Dulhadeo Temple: The temple faces east and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It consists of a sanctum which houses a linga, vestibule, mahamandapa and an entrance porch. The main shikara is clustered round by 3 rows of miniature shikaras and looks plain. There are 3 bands of sculptures seen on the outer walls. The original temple is can be dated to the early 12th century AD and has undergone extensive repair and restoration at a later stage.
Dulhadeo Temple, Temple
Dulhadeo Temple, Temple
Chaturbhuj Temple: The temple stands on a high platform and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It consists of a sanctum without an ambulatory, a vestibule, mandapa and an entrance porch. The sanctum houses a 9 feet tall murti of four armed Lord Vishnu. The lower part of the doorway of sanctum shows Ganga on the right and Yamuna on the left, standing in tribhanga flanked by door keepers. This temple is devoid of any erotic sculptures. There are three bands of sculptures around the outer walls. The temple is datable to 1100 AD.
Chaturbhuj Temple, Khajuraho
Beautiful Murti of Chaturbhuj Vishnu
Bijamandal: This group of mounds in the surrounding areas of Khajuraho is one of the 18 mounds unraveled during an intensive survey by the ASI in 1980. Excavations at the main mound of Bijamandal group in 1998-99 exposed remains of a big temple comparable in size with the Vishwanatha temple at Khajuraho and a huge Shivalinga, presence of other temples, sculptures and artifacts.  However, the site is yet to be fully excavated and completely explored.
Bijamandal, Khajuraho
Bijamandal, Khajuraho
How to reach Khajuraho: Khajuraho is well connected by air and also has a good bus network. However, the options of train travel directly to Khajuraho are limited, with one having to hire a cab to travel to Khajuraho from the nearest railway station. By road, we traveled on NH 39 from Orchha until a turn towards left directing towards Khajuraho.
Entry Fee: Entry is Rs.30/- for Indians and Rs.500/- for foreigners
Accommodation: There are many options for accommodation here. We stayed at Zostel which is one of the best budgeted options for bag packers and budget travelers.
Where to eat: There are many options including a few road-side eateries.

References:
  1. ASI Information Boards
  2. Http://pib.nic.in/feature/fe0899/f1908991.html
  3. Madhya Pradesh – RBS Visitors Guide India

Top 100 Must Visit Lesser Known Temples of Karnataka - Part II


51. Bachilingeshwara Temple, Bachanagudda
     Taluk: Badami, Bagalkot
     Dynasty: Rastrakutas in 8th century
    About: This beautiful temple belongs to the Pattadakal School of Architecture, built on a hillock near by. Only the garbhagriha of the original temple remains, which houses Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. This temple is west facing and faces the group of temples at Pattadakal.
Sri Bachilingeshwara Temple, Bachanagudda
Sri Bachilingeshwara Temple, Bachanagudda
52. Melgudi Jain Temple, Hallur
     Taluk: Bagalkot
     Dynasty:  Rastrakutas in 9th century
    About: This temple is built on the lines of the Meguti Jain temple, Aihole (Aivalli), with the open pillared navaranga modified into a closed navaranga. The outer walls of this temple are adorned with life-size sculptures of various Tirthankaras. Read more
Melgudi Jain Temple, Hallur
Melgudi Jain Temple, Hallur
53. Galaganatha Temple Complex, Aihole (Aivalli)
     Taluk: Hungund, Bagalkot
     Dynasty: Badami Chalukyas in 6th century
    About: This temple complex is one of the largest complex here with 25 temples of various sizes, shapes and designs. This looks like a laboratory of temple architecture, where one can witness the presence of small cave temples to advanced stages of temple architecture. This temple complex is located outside the village of Aihole, just off the road towards Pattadakal. 
Galaganatha Temple Complex, Aihole, Aivalli
Galaganatha Temple Complex, Aihole
54. Sri Kapileshwara Temple, Manne (Manyapura)
     Taluk: Nelamangala, Bangalore Rural
     Dynasty: Gangas in 8th century
    About: This temple though in ruins, looks very grand. The life-size Dwarapalakas, nicely carved windows and perfectly designed pillars are the only remains. Read more.
Sri Kapileshwara Temple, Manne
Sri Kapileshwara Temple, Manne
55. Sri Panchalingeshwara Temple, Begur
    Taluk: Bangalore Urban
     Dynasty: Gangas in 9th century and Cholas in 10th century
     About:  There are five temples in this complex, all of which are dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The 2 big temples are called as Nagareshwara and Nageshwara temples, both of which were built by the Gangas, while the other 3 smaller temples called as Kalleshwara, Karneshwara and Choleshwara were built during the Cholas times. 
Sri Panchalingeshwara Temple, Begur, Bangalore
Sri Panchalingeshwara Temple, Begur
 56. Kamal Basti, Belagavi
     Taluk: Belagavi
     Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 12th century
    About: The Kamal Basti has a garbhagriha, an antarala, a navaranga and mukhamantapas. The garbhagriha facing north is star shaped and houses an idol of Bhagwan Neminatha, the 22nd
Tirthankara, replacing the original image of Shanthinatha.  He is seated in the dhyana posture and is carved in black stone. Read more.  
Jain Temple, Belgaum
Kamal Basadi, Belagavi
57. Sri  Kalleshwara Temple, Sogi
     Taluk: Hoovina Hadagali, Bellary
     Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century and Hoysalas in 13th century
    About: Sri Kalleshwara temple is an east facing, ekakuta temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. This temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala and a sabhamandapa. The shikara of this temple is of vesara style with four talas.  
Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Sogi
Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Sogi
58. Sri Kalleshwara Temple,  Anguru
      Taluk: Hoovina Hadagali, Bellary      
      Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century
     About: Sri Kalleshwara temple here is a north facing, trikuta temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga in the main garbhagriha and Lords Janaradhana and Surya in the  other two garbhagrihas. 
Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Anguru
Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Anguru
59. Sri Kalleshwara Temple, H Hadagali
      Taluk: Hoovina Hadagali, Bellary      
      Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century
     About: Sri Kalleshwara temple is an east facing, ekakuta temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, and a sabhamandapa with two mukhamandapas, of which one has been closed by the ASI after restoration.  
Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Hoovina Hadagali
Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Hoovina Hadagali
 60. Sri Suryanarayana Temple, Magala
      Taluk: Hoovina Hadagali, Bellary     
      Dynasty: Hoysalas in 13th century
     About: Sri Suryanarayana temple is a south facing trikuta temple dedicated to Lord Prasanna Keshava in the main garbhagriha, and Lords Surya and Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of 3 garbhagrihas with 3 antaralas, a sabhamandapa and a mukhamandapa. 
Sri Suryanaryana Temple, Magala
Sri Suryanarayana Temple, Magala
61. Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Rangapura
      Taluk: Hoovina Hadagali, Bellary      
      Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century and Marathas in 17th century
     About: Sri Narasimha Swamy temple is a north facing dwikuta temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha in the main garbhagriha and Lord Surya in other garbhagriha. The temple consists of 2 garbhagrihas with 2 antaralas, a navaranga and a mukhamandapa.The shikara of this temple is built of brick and lime in typical Maratha style. 
Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Rangapura
Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Rangapura
62. Shiva Mandir, Narayanapura
      Taluk: Basavakalyan, Bidar     
       Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century
     About: Shiva Mandir  is an east facing trikuta temple, of which only the main garbhagriha with pillared mandapa with a mukhamandapa stands today. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. 
Shiva Mandir, Narayanapura
Shiva Mandir, Narayanapura
 63. Sri Dattatreya Temple, Chattraki
      Taluk: Sindagi, Bijapur (Vijayapura)      
       Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 12th century
      About: Sri Dattatreya is an east facing ekakuta temple dedicated to Lord Dattatreya (form of Vishnu). The temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, a sabhamandapa with 3 mukhamandapas. Read more..

64. Sri Mukaneshwara Temple, Hulukudi
      Taluk: Doddaballapura, Bangalore Rural  
      Dynasty: Cholas in 10th century
     About: This is a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha and a navaranga. The artistic work of carvings on the interior door frames is quite exquisite. Read more.
Sri Mukaneshwara Temple, Hulukudi
Sri Mukaneshwara Temple, Hulukudi
65. Lord Rama Temple, Gummanayakanapalya
     Taluk: Bagepalli, Chikkaballapura 
      Dynasty: Vijayanagara  in 14th century
     About: This ruined temple is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Rama. Sadly, today this temple has become a cattle shed for the local villagers. The temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, sabhamandapa and pillared navaranga with a mukhamandapa. Read more..
Lord Rama Temple, Gummanayakanapalya
Lord Rama Temple, Gummanayakanapalya
66. Sri  Viranarayana Temple, Belavadi
      Taluk: Chikmagalur 
      Dynasty: Hoysalas  in 13th century
   About: Sri Viranarayana temple is an east facing trikuta temple dedicated to Lord Viranarayana in the main garbhagriha, Lords Venugopala and Yoganarasimha in the other two garbhagrihas. Read more. 
Sri Viranarayana Temple, Belavadi
Sri Viranarayana Temple, Belavadi
 67. Sri Amrutheshwara Temple, Amruthapura
      Taluk: Tarikere, Chikmagalur
      Dynasty: Hoysalas  in 12th century
     About: Sri Amrutheshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. This temple consists of  a garbhagriha, an antarala, a sabhamandapa and mahasabhamandapa with 3 mukhamandapas. Read more. 
Hoysala Temple, Tarikere
Sri Amrutheshwara Temple, Amruthapura
68. Sri Ramalingeshwara Cave Temple, Nayakanahatti
      Taluk: Challakere, Chitradurga 
      Dynasty: Nayakas in 16th century
     About: Sri Ramalingeshwara cave temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga, which is believed to have be installed by Lord Rama himself. This temple consists of a garbhagriha and a pillared front porch inside the cave. Read more. 
Sri Ramalingeshwara Cave Temple, Nayakanahatti
Sri Ramalingeshwara Cave Temple, Nayakanahatti
69. Sri Kodi-Kalleshwara Temple, Lokikere
      Taluk: Davangere
      Dynasty: Hoysala in 13th century
     About: Sri Kodi-Kalleshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, and navaranga with mukhamandapa. 
Sri Kodi-Kalleshwara Temple, Lokikere
Sri Kodi-Kalleshwara Temple, Lokikere
 70. Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Anekonda
      Taluk: Davangere
      Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century and Hoysala in 12th century
     About: Sri Kalleshwara temple is an east facing trikuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga in the main garbhagriha and Lords Vishnu and Surya in the other two garbhagrihas. The temple consists of 3 garbhagrihas with antaralas, open pillared sabhamandapa with a mukhamandapa and a Nandimandapa in the front. 
Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Anekonda
Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Anekonda
 71. Sri Bhimeshwara Temple, Nilagunda
     Taluk: Harapanahalli, Davangere
     Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century and Hoysala in 12th century
     About: Sri Bhimeshwara temple is an east facing chatuskuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga in the main western garbhagriha and Lords Brahma, Keshava and Surya in the other 3 garbhagrihas. The temple consists of 4 garbhagrihas with 3 antaralas on the west, north and south sides, a sabhamandapa and a mukhamandapa.
72. Sri Nagareshwara Temple, Mulagunda 
      Taluk: Gadag
      Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century
      About: Sri Nagareshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala and a navaranga with mukhamandapa. 
Sri Nagareshwara Temple, Mulagunda
Sri Nagareshwara Temple, Mulagunda
 73. Sri Doddabasappa Temple, Dambal
     Taluk: Mundargi, Gadag
     Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 12th century
     About: Sri Doddabasappa temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, a navaranga with mukhamandapa and a Nandi mandapa in the front.

74. Sri Kaleshwara Temple, Kalagi
     Taluk: Chittapur, Gulbarga
     Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century
     About: Sri Kaleshwara temple now in ruins, is a west facing trikuta housing Lord Shiva in the form of a linga in two of its garbhagrihas and Lord Surya in the other. The temple consists of 3 garbhagrihas with antaralas, and a navaranga with mukhamandapa. Read more.
Sri Kaleshwara Temple, Kalagi
75. Sri  Chennakeshava Temple, Channarayapatna
     Taluk: Channarayapatna, Hassan
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 11th century and Nayaks in 16th century 
    About: Sri Chennakeshava temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to lord Chennakeshava. The temple consist of a garbhagriha, an antarala, a navaranga attached to front porch. Read more.
Sri Chennakeshava Temple, Channarayapatna
Sri Chennakeshava Temple, Channarayapatna
76. Sri Betteshwara Temple, Agrahara Belaguli
     Taluk: Channarayapatna, Hassan 
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 13th century 
     About:Sri Betteshwara/Kesaveswara temple is an east facing dwikuta houses lord Shiva in the form of linga in main garbhagriha and Lord Keshava in the other garbhagriha. This temple consist of 2 garbhagrihas with only one antarala to the main garbhagriha, navaranga with 2 mukhamandapas and another open navaranga with a mukhamandapa. 
Sri Betteshwara Temple, Agrahara Belaguli
Sri Betteshwara Temple, Agrahara Belaguli
77. Sri Yoganarasimha temple, Goruru 
     Taluk: Arkalgud, Hassan 
     Dynasty: Vijayanagara in 16th century 
    About: Sri Yoganarasimha temple is a west facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Yoganarasimha. This temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala and navaranga with a pillared front porch. 
Sri Yoganarasimha Temple, Goruru
Sri Yoganarasimha Temple, Goruru
78. Sri Hunieshwara Temple, Agrahara Bachahalli
     Taluk: K R Pete, Mandya 
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 13th century 
     About: Sri Hunieshwara temple is a west facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, and a navaranga with pillared front porch with two entrances. Read more. 
Sri Hunieshwara Temple, Agrahara Bachahalli
Sri Hunieshwara Temple, Agrahara Bachahalli
 79. Twin-Temples, Mosale
     Taluk: Hassan 
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 13th century 
   About: The twin temples here are dedicated to Lords Nagareshwara (Shiva) and Chennakeshava and are built on the same platform. These ekakuta temples are built on the similar architecture. Read more.
Sri Nagareshwara and Chennakeshava Temple, Mosale
Sri Nagareshwara and Chennakeshava Temple, Mosale
 80. Sri Bucheshwara Temple, Koravangala
     Taluk: Arsikere, Hassan 
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 12th century 
     About: Sri Bucheshwara temple is an east facing dwikuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga in the main garbhagriha and Lord Surya in the other garbhagriha. The temple consists of 2 garbhagrihas with 2 antaralas, and a navaranga with 2 mukhamandapas. Read more. 

81. Sri Someshwara Temple, Kalkeri
     Taluk: Hanagal, Haveri 
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 12th century 
     About: Sri Someshwara temple is an east facing trikuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga in all the three garbhagrihas. The temple consists of 3 garbhagrihas with antaralas, and an open pillared navaranga with 2 mukhamandapas. 
Sri Someshwara Temple, Kalkeri
Sri Someshwara Temple, Kalkeri
82. Sri Ramalingeshwara Temple, Honatti
     Taluk: Ranebennur, Haveri 
     Dynasty: Kalyani Chalukyas in 12th century 
    About: Sri Ramalingeshwara temple, now in ruins is an east facing trikuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga in all the three garbhagrihas. The temple consists of 3 garbhagrihas (of which one is completely ruined) with 3 antaralas and a navaranga with a mukhamandapa.

83. Sri Pura Siddeshwara Temple, Haveri
     Taluk: Haveri 
     Dynasty: Kalyani Chalukyas in 11th century 
     About: Sri Pura Siddeshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with antarala,  and an open pillar navaranga with 3 mukhamandapas.

84. Sri Santheshwara Temple, Tilavalli
     Taluk: Hanagal, Haveri 
     Dynasty: Kalyani Chalukyas in 13th century 
     About: Sri Santheshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala, and an open pillared sabhamandapa with 3 mukhamandapas. Read more.

85. Sri Someshwara Temple, Kurudumale
     Taluk: Mulabagilu, Kolar 
     Dynasty: Hoysalas in 12th century 
     About:  Sri Someshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala, and a sabhamandapa with mukhamandapa.
Sri Someshwara Temple, Kurdumale
Sri Someshwara Temple, Kurdumale
 86. Sri Gangadhareshwara Temple, Teruhalli
     Taluk: Kolar 
     Dynasty: Gangas in 8th century, Cholas in 11th century and Vijayanagara in 15th century 
    About: Sri Gangadhareshwara temple is an east facing Dravidian styled temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala and a navaranga with mukhamandapa. 
Sri Gangadhareshwara Temple, Teruhalli
Sri Gangadhareshwara Temple, Teruhalli
87. Sri Mahadeva Temple, Itagi
      Taluk: Yelaburga, Koppal
      Dynasty: Kalyani Chalukyas in 11th century
   About: Sri Mahadeva temple, also known as "Devalaya Chakravarthi" or "Emperor among Temples" is an east facing ekakuta temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga.  Read more.
Sri Mahadeva Temple, Itagi
Sri Mahadeva Temple, Itagi
 88. Sri Eshwara Temple, Sheelanere 
     Taluk: K R Pete, Mandya
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 12th century 
     About: Sri Eshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala,  and a sabhamandapa with mukhamandapa. Read more.
Sri Eshwara Temple, Sheelanere, Mandya
Sri Eshwara Temple, Sheelanere
89. Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple, Sante Bachahalli
     Taluk: K R Pete, Mandya
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 12th century 
    About: Sri Mahalingeshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. This temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala, and a navaranga with mukhamandapa. Read more.
Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple, Sante Bachahalli
Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple, Sante Bachahalli 
90. Sri Malleshwara Temple, Machalaghatta
     Taluk: Nagamangala, Mandya
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 13th century 
    About: Sri Malleshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. This temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala, and a navaranga with mukhamandapa. Read more. 
Sri Malleshwara Temple, Machalaghatta
Sri Malleshwara Temple, Machalaghatta
91. Sri Lakshminarasimha Temple, Marehalli
     Taluk: Malavalli, Mandya
     Dynasty: Cholas in 10th century, Hoysalas in 12th century and Vijayanagar in 16th century
   About: Sri Lakshminarasimha temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Lakshminarasimha. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala, and a navaranga with mukhamandapa. 
Sri Lakshminarasimha Temple, Marehalli
Sri Lakshminarasimha Temple, Marehalli
92. Sri Chennakeshava Temple, Bhreya
     Taluk: K R Nagara, Mysore 
     Dynasty: Hoysalas in 12th century
   About: Sri Chennakeshava temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Chennakeshava. The temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, a navaranga and a mukhamandapa. 

93. Sri Sidlu Mallikarjuna  Temple, Bettadapura
     Taluk: Periyapatna, Mysore 
     Dynasty: Gangas in 8th century and Vijayanagar in 15th century
     About: Sri Sidlu Mallikarjuna temple is a big Dravidian style temple built atop the Sirigiri hill and is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga.

94. Sri Kashi Vishwanatha Temple, Kavaledurga
     Taluk: Thirtahalli, Shimoga (Shivamogga) 
     Dynasty: Keladi Nayaks in 15th century
     About: Sri Kashi Vishwanatha temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala, and a navaranga with  mukhamandapa. There are two pillars in the front of this temple that are quite unique. Read more.

95. Sri Lakshminarasimha Temple, Bhadravathi 
     Taluk: Bhadravathi, Shimoga (Shivamogga) 
     Dynasty: Hoysalas in 13th century 
   About: Sri Lakshminarasimha temple is an east facing trikuta housing Lords Lakshminarasimha,  Purushottama and  Venugopala in the garbhagrihas. The temple consists of 3 garbhagrihas with 3 antaralas, a sabhamandapa and a mahamandapa with 3 mukhamandapas. 
Sri Lakshminarasimha Temple, Bhadravathi
Sri Lakshminarasimha Temple, Bhadravathi
 96. Shanthinatha Basadi ,Chikkamagadi
      Taluk: Shikaripura, Shimoga (Shivamogga) 
      Dynasty: Hoysalas in 12th century
      About: Shanthinatha Basadi,  now converted into Basavanna temple is an east facing ekakuta housing Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala, and a navaranga with mukhamandapa. 
Shanthinatha Basadi, Chikkamagadi
Shanthinatha Basadi, Chikkamagadi 
 97. Sri Uma Maheshwara Temple, Hosagunda
      Taluk: Sagara, Shimoga (Shivamogga) 
      Dynasty: Hoysalas in 12th century
      About: Sri Uma Maheshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala and pradakshina patha, and a big open pillared navaranga with  mukhamandapa.  
Sri Uma Maheshwara Temple, Hosagunda
Sri Uma Maheshwara Temple, Hosagunda
98. Sri Moole Shankara Temple, Turvekere
      Taluk: Turvekere, Tumkooru (Tumkur) 
      Dynasty: Hoysalas in the 13th century
      About: Sri Moole Shankara temple is an east facing ekakuta temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala, a sabhamandapa and mukhamandapa. 
Sri Moole Shankara Temple, Turvekere
Sri Moole Shankara Temple, Turvekere
99. Sri Sambhulingeshwara Temple, Keresanthe
      Taluk: Kadur, Chikmagalur 
      Dynasty: Hoysalas in 12th century
     About: Sri Sambhulingeshwara temple, now in a ruined state is an east facing trikuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga, Lord Keshava and Lord Surya. The temple consist of 3 garbhagrihas with antaralas, and a navaranga with pillared front porch. Read more.
Sri Sambhulingeshwara Temple, Keresanthe
Sri Sambhulingeshwara Temple, Keresanthe
100. Sri Madhukeshwara Temple, Banavasi 
      Taluk: Sirsi, Uttara Kannada 
     Dynasty: Kadambas in 4th century, Chalukyas in 11th century and Sonda kings 16th century.
      About: Sri Madhukeshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala and pradakshina patha, a sabhamandapa and an open pillared navaranga with 3 mukhamandapas. 
Sri Madhukeshwara Temple, Banavasi
Sri Madhukeshwara Temple, Banavasi

There are many other lesser known beautiful temples in Karnataka which we have visited and will be compiled in the next series. The list will be updated accordingly as and when we visit other lesser known places. With this post, we have completed our 300th post!
 Continued here with part -III