Kedareshvara temple

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Overview

Kedareshvara temple is located in the town of Balligavi near Shikaripura in the Shimoga district of Karnataka state, India. This temple is of the Chalukyan Hoysala transitional type of architecture built during the 11th century. The foundation, gopuras & the interior looks most likely to be Chalukyan architecture, later additions might have been done by the Hoysalas. The two Hoysala emblem on the top of the gopuras were added by the Hoysala Vinayaditya. Hoysala style temples are generally of the star shape which can be found in Belur & Halebidu.
 
Balligavvi a ancient town in Shikaripura Taluk its known for its ancient monuments. also well known as Dakshina Kedara. I visited Kedaresvara Templ few years back This temple is an excellent example of a trikuta (triple towers) temple in a transitional Western Chalukya-Hoysala architecture Its the oldest example of such a combinational style in Karnataka. 
 
The dancing queen Shantala Devi too hailed from Balligavi along with famous architects and sculptors of the Hoysala era, Malloja, Dasoajja, Nadoja, Siddoja etc originated from Balligavi. It will be safe to assume there was a school for sculpting too in Balligavi patronized by the Kadambas, Chalukyas and Hoysala royals. Akkamma Maha Devi too was married to a merchant hailing from Balligavi.
 
The temple faces east and has a stepped entrance on three sides. The entrance on the sides is a Western Chalukya idiom. The central shrine has a Linga made from black marble (Krishnashila). The shrine to the south has a linga called Brahma and the shrine to the north has a statue of Janardhana.The temples outside plan is in "staggered-square" style with many projections and recesses which is a Hoysala design. The outer walls of the open mandapa (hall) have carvings of women wearing fine jewellery. Two Hoysala emblems were added in 1060 CE by .Hoysala Vinayaditya The superstructure (tower) of the vimana are very well decorated with sculptures of Tandaveshwara, Varaha, Uma Narasimha, Bhairava etc and the sukanasi of all three towers still exist.The western shrine is the oldest dating from the 7th or 8th century. Attached to the vestibule that connects the shrines is a well designed open mantapa with two rows of pillars. The outer row of pillars are 16 faced while the inner row of pillars are lathe turned with bell shaped mouldings, a style popular with both Western Chalukys and Hoysalas.The ceiling of the mantapa is flat and the inner ceiling is well carved with lotuses in them. The central ceiling has the carving of Tandaveshwara (dancing Shiva) with eight dikpalakas (guards). The entrance to the shrine which faces east has a Nandhi the bull and a celestial attendant of Shiva.
 
The temple has three summits of which one is bigger than the other two. Here summits are richly illustrated with the statues of Tandaveshwara, Uma Maheshwara, Varaha, Bhairava and many other gods. All these sculptures give the indications of the artistic greatness of Chalukyas. A museum is constructed in the vicinity of the temple in which the statues and inscriptions found in and near the village are kept on display. Many statues including Anantashayana, Shanmuga, Mahishasuramardhini, Tirthankaras like Shantinatha, Parshvanatha and Mahaveera, Saptamatrikeyaru among others. The statue of Boudha goddess Tara Bhagavathi, is rare and the only one in the whole State.
 
he outer walls of the shrines are quite austere save for the pilasters that are capped by miniature decorative towers. The superstructures over the shrines are 3-tiered vesara with the sculptural details being repeated in each tier.The temple exhibits other standard features present in a Hoysala style temple: the large decorative domed roof over the tower; the kalasha on top of it  and the Hoysala crest over the sukhanasi. The dome is the largest sculptural piece in the temple with ground surface area of about 2x2 meters and is called the "helmet" or amalaka. Its shape usually follows that of the shrine. The tower over the vestibules of the three shrines appear as low protrusions of the main tower and is hence called the "nose".
 
How to Reach,
Balligavi is around 4-5 km from Siralkoppa Town 
 
Nearest Railway Station: Arsikere Railway Station 
 
Nearewst Airport: Mangalore airport

Location

Country
India
State
Karnataka
City
Shimoga
Location
Shikaripur
Address
Kedareshwara Temple, Belligavi, Near Shikaripura, Shimoga district, Karnataka,India
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Belligavi
Nearest Railway Station
Arsikere Jn (ASK)
Nearest Airport
Mangalore International Airport
IN
latitude : 12.961299900 longitude :74.890098570
Corporation : Mangalore
GPS Code : VOML
Open Year
11th century
Architect
Western Chalukya-Hoysala architecture

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  • Kedareshvara temple is located in the town of Balligavi near Shikaripura in the Shimoga district of Karnataka state, India. This temple is of the Chalukyan Hoysala transitional type of architecture built during the 11th century. The foundation, gopuras & the interior looks most likely to be Chalukyan architecture, later additions might have been done by the Hoysalas. The two Hoysala emblem on the top of the gopuras were added by the Hoysala Vin

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