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Hoysala Architecture – Malleshwara Temple

Located in the Krishnarajapet taluk of Mandya district, this place is a very rare and meaningful name. 25 km from Mandya And 117 km from Bangalore, there are Jains and Hoysalas in the Aghyalaya at a distance. Agha means sin, rhythm means destruction. The Hoysalas, the third Narasimha of this place, which is named Papanasaka.

  • Deity – Malleshwara
  • Location – Aghalaya
  • District – Mandya
  • Taluk – KR Pete
  • Type – Shaiva

Malleshwara Temple, built in the year 1260 AD, is a tripartite structure. The sanctorum of these three shrines is built from side to side and from the outside it looks like a single temple. The sanctorum houses the Shivalingas of Chandramauleshwar, Malleswara and Siddhalingeshwara. It is said that the sculptures at the base of the pillars are incomplete or at one point not much attention was taken to enrich the temple as an early stage.

Malleshwara temple
Photo credit – Shashidhara HG
Malleshwara temple
Photo credit – Shashidhara HG
Malleshwara temple
Photo credit – Shashidhara HG

The village is named after the 8th century and 1120 inscriptions found in Sravanabelagola. It was one of the strongholds of the Jains at that time. There are five sculptures of Dashavatar. There are several sculptures of Lord Vishnu on the outside of the temple. However, the three lingas of Lord Shiva are worshiped in the sanctum sanctorum. It is also a sign of tolerance that there is no difference between the Saiva-Vaishnava sects. There is also a sculpture of Garuda. Web sites are also created on the sides of the womb. There are sculptures of Uma Maheshwara, Two Ganesha and two Mahishasura Mardini. There is an elegant carved Nandi. It is quite large in comparison to the Hoysala temples.

This is a triangle like the Govindanahalli Panchayat. The 30 pillars of the Navaranga are still large, with no large carvings, as the Hoysalas built them at an early stage. Recently, the dilapidated section of the Dharmasthala Charity Trust and the Government of Karnataka has been rebuilt as a result of the interest of the people of the village.

Malleshwara temple
Photo credit – Shashidhara HG
Photo credit – Shashidhara HG
Photo credit – Shashidhara HG
Photo credit – Shashidhara HG

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Shashidhara HG from Bangalore

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