Monday, March 6, 2017

Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholalu

Lakshminarayana Temple of Hosaholalu is a Hoysala Temple built by King Vira Someshwara in 1250CE. The temple is located at a distance of 2km from the taluk headquarters of Krishna Raja Pete in Mandya Districts of Karnataka state. There are many lesser known temples built under the Hoysala Empire between 11th and 14th century in Krishna Raja Pete. Lakshminarayana temple is one among the many unknown Hoysala temples.

Profile view of Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholau Mandya distict Karnataka

Lakshminarayana Temple


Lakshminarayana Temple – Architecture

Lakshminarayana Temple is a splendid example of a Trikuta vimana (three shrined) temple. The central shrine has a tower (Shikhara) on the top. The other two shrines are square in construction with five projections. The central shrine is well decorated and its tower has a sukanasi (nose) which is a lower tower over the vestibule that connects the shrine to the hall. The sukanasi looks like an extension of the main tower over the central shrine.

  a structural addition to the main entrance built during the Vijayanagara period in Lakshminarayana temple Hosaholalu

Entrance built during Vijayanagara Period

  sculpture of lord vishnu in lakshminarayana temple hosaholalu

Vishnu Imagae Lakshminarayana Temple

   lathe tuned pillar in lakshminarayana temple hosaholalu. a unique feature of hoysala architecture

Lathe tuned pillar

  lathe tuned pillar in lakshminarayana temple hosaholalu. a unique feature of hoysala architecture

Lathe tuned pillar

   Pillar with 64 corners in lakshminarayana temple Hosaholalu

Pillar with 64 corners

The main garbhagriha facing East directions contains the idol of Lakshminarayana and the North and East facing garbhagrihas have the deity’s of Sri Venugopala Swami and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha respectively.

The Lakshminarayana temple is built on a platform which has a stellate shape as in other Hoysala temples. There is a structural addition to the main entrance built during the Vijayanagara period. The interior of the temple consist of a closed hall with four lathe tuned pillars. The four pillars divide the hall into nine equal bays. The ceilings of the 9 bays are carved with unique structure which brings out the talent of the sculptors of that age.

   Ganapathi image inside lakshminarayana temple hosaholalu

Ganapathi

  Carved ceiling inside lakshminarayana temple hosaholalu

Carved Ceiling

   Carved ceiling inside lakshminarayana temple hosaholalu

Carved Ceiling

Profile view of Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholau Mandya distict Karnataka

Lakshminarayana Temple

Lakshminarayana Temple – Outside Structure

Lakshminarayana temple belongs to the second phase of Hoysala construction. The whole pradakshina path is covered with sculptures from Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. The image of Vishnu, Lakshmi, Parvathi, Shiva, Brahma and Ganapathi along with other deities can be found across the temple. The temple consists of two sets of eaves and six moldings at the base of the outer wall. The first eave is located where the superstructure meets the temple outer wall and the second eave runs around the temple and about a meter below the first eave. There are 120 images around the temple. Being a Vaishnava temple, there are 24 sculptures of Vishnu standing upright holding in his four arms the four attributes, a conch, a wheel, a lotus and a mace. The six horizontal moldings at the base of the outer wall are intricately sculptured and are called frieze. The first frieze depicts birds, the second depicts Makara (aquatic monster), the third frieze has depictions from Hindu epic and other purana stories narrated in clockwise direction. The fourth frieze has leafy scrolls, the fifth and sixth frieze have procession of horses and elephants respectively.

Profile view of Lakshminarayana Temple, Hosaholau Mandya distict Karnataka

Lakshminarayana Temple



Best Time To Visit Hosaholalu

The best time to visit Hosaholalu is between the months of October and March.


How to Reach Hosaholalu

Lakshminarayana temple of Hosaholalu is located at a distance of 2km from the taluk headquarters Krishna raja pet in Mandya district of Karnataka. By road Hosaholalu is 60km from Mandya, 50km from Mysore and 160km from the state capital Bangalore.


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Lakshminarayana Temple

Lakshminarayana Temple

5 comments:

  1. Beautiful intricate architecture,as all Hoysalan temples

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  2. Incredible architecture. Indian abounds with such marvels. Its a shame that we don't take better care of all such places in India.

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  3. What a beautiful place! I've never heard of it but it is a stunning piece of archtiecture

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  4. Intricate design, stunning, just gorgeous! It reminds me of some the ancient Cambodian temples. :)

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  5. It is absolutely amazing what our ancestors have created, and how they have survived the ages. Would love to visit this place, it looks breathtaking.

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