Sunday, 18 March 2018

A SHIVA TEMPLE AT KUNDANI – THE RUINED CAPITAL CITY OF HOYSALA DYNASTY UNDER KING VEERA RAMANATHAN’s RULE – A KRISHNAGIRI HERITAGE VISIT.

A continuation Post to krishnagiri Heritage Visit Kundani, The ruined Capital City of Hoysala Dynasty 
11th March 2018.
This is a continuation post to Kundanai the Ruined capital city of Hoysala Dynasty under king Veera Ramanathan’s Rule. This temple is about a Km from Kundhani Mallama’s temple. The temple is in a dilapidated condition with en entrance arch  ( Mottai Gopuram ) on the south side and a big Mandapam.

The temple was constructed with a prakara .  13th century inscriptions are found in the base. The sanctum sanctorum consists of a sanctum, antarala and a arthamandapam. Though it is a ruined temple, it is surprised to note that regular poojas are conducted to Lord Shiva.  There are no moorthams in the koshtam. In the prakaram at one place roof slab has been supported with a wooden post. It is sad to note that during renovation, some of the hero stones erected out side the sanctum was used as prakaram roof slabs. 

There are about 11 hero stones and a inscriptions panel are kept as roof slabs. One of the hero stone has the Tamil inscriptions about the hero how he was died. It was interesting to note in one hero stone, while  the hero was  fighting with his enemy, he was stabbed from his back.  The mandapam on the left of the sanctum sanctorum found reasonably in good condition.  Here is the condition of the temple...
 Sanctum 


 broken ceiling slab has been supported by a wooden post 

 Kumbha pancharam

 Koshtam / niche 

 Beautiful
 Latter period inscriptions

  South side entrance portico

 Dilapidated Entrance mottai gopuram 

 Dilapidated mandapam 

 Arumugar

 Broken Navakanda statue

 Hero Stone
 It was interesting to note in one hero stone, while  the hero was  fighting with his enemy, he was stabbed from his back. 

  Hero Stone
Hero Stone 
 Hero Stone
 Hero Stone
 Hero Stone
 Hero Stone with inscription   
 Hero Stone
The inscription panel used as roof panel       
---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---          
..........Krishnagiri heritage Visit to be continued