.... a Continuation post to Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple - Hampi Ruins, A Heritage Visit
19th June 2017
We planned to visit this place little earlier before breakfast on the second day ie. 17th June 2017. It will be difficult to see these temples under the scorching sun after 9.00 hrs, since these are constructed on the rocky hill, which has no shade. These temples can be reached either from Krishna Temple or from Virupaksha temple. These temples predominantly having Pre-Vijayanagara character with enclosure of cyclopean wall with an entrance at north and east. The hill have about 30 temples with varying sizes and shapes are built between 09th to 16th century AD. These temples have single ( eka-kuta), two (dvi-kuta) and three ( tri-kutas) sanctums of pre-Vijayanagara architecture.
At the top of the hill there is a small Vijayanagara period temple has been identified as Mula Virupaksha Temple. It is believed that Lord Shiva meditated in this Sanctum Sanctorum and latter moved to the present Virupaksha temple.
Similar to the above tri-kuta Jain temple is there on the left side of the Shiva Temple the sanctums are empty now. There is a peculiar kalasam is on the top of a vimanam of the one sanctum made of stone.
Another tri-kuta temple on the eastern side has the inscription of Vira Kampiladeva, son of Mummadi Sineya Nayaka, The Kampili chief, built the Shivalaya and installed three Shiva Lingas. These temples has the three sanctums and a common arthamandapam and a front pravesha mandapa. The arthamandapa was built with cubical pillars and has the large corbels. In addition to this there are many single and two floor mandapas and a sunset view point.
Kadale Kalu Ganesha . few meters away from Vishnu pada shrine there is a sanctum sanctorum for monolithic Ganesha called Kadale Kalu ( Gram seed in kannada language ) Ganesha. This 4.5 meters high Ganesha was chiselled out of a huge boulder. The front elegant pillared mandpam has the early Vijayanagara style. The reliefs of daily life of a common man, Various deities, etc. Also the pillars has the pushpaodigai corbels. The temple is dated back to 16th century AD.
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.... to be continued ( Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple )
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