07th December 2017.
Apart from Hero stones at Thalavadi, this time we planned to visit some of the old temples of Karnataka. on 7th December 2017, Morning session we had spent by visiting the temples at Yelandur, Muguru and Somanathapura. Yelandur and Somanathapura temples has excellent & elegantly carved Sculptures, Pillars and Vimanas.
YELANDUR Sri Gaurisvara, 16th century Vijanagara Dynasty temple is still in worship and maintained by the Karnataka state Archeological Department. The Sanctum Sanctorum Consists of Sanctum, Arthamandapa and a open muka mandapam. In the prakara, sannadhi for Ambal, Pancha lingas, small mandapa with a inscription tablet over which a Stucco Nandhi is sitting and the front Entrance mandapam.
Moolavar is about 6 feet below the outside ground level, facing east. In the arthamandapam images of Vishnu, Shanmuka or the Arumugar sitting on a peacock, Parvathi, Mahishamardini, Bairava, Durga, Virabhadra, Hero stones and Ganapathi.
This 1590 AD temple was built by Singedeva Devabhupala, a ruler of Handinadu, a feudatory of Vijayanagara Dynasty. The front entrance mahadwara is called Bale Mandapa with Vijayanagara Period Sculptures. The adhishthana is simple and walls around are embellished with beautiful groups of reliefs Andhakasuramardana, Bhikshatanamurti, Bairava, Kalimardana, Dhakshinamurthy, Siva, Narasimha, Krishna leela, Mahishamardini panel, Vishnu’s various forms, animals, monkeys, etc,. This mandapa is decorated with chains of 1 feet diameter stone rings at the four corners. The Pillars has the reliefs of various avatharas of Vishnu.
HOW TO REACH :
This Yelandur may be reached via Thalavadi ( 40 KM ) from Tamil Nadu and Samrajnagar ( 44 KM ) from Karnataka.
Buses are available from Thalavadi and Chamrajnagar.
Mandapam corner Stone Chain rings
Lord Shiva Panel
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