|About the Temples of
Karnataka: The Chalukyas, the Gangas, the Hoysalas, the Vijayanagar rulers and
others contributed to diverse temple styles seen in
||Halebidu - a
sculptors dream lived in stone. The Hoysaleswara
temple in Halebidu is a masterpiece of Hoysala architecture and sculpture.
|Mookambika - Kollur:
Rich in legend and tradition, this temple at Kollur
is closely associated with Adi Sankaracharya.
- is the seat of the Madhva school of philosophy. The Balakrishna temple is one of the well visited pilgrimage
centers of Karnataka.
This ancient Shiva temple is revered pilgrimage center
in Karnataka ; it has been revered by the hymns of the ancient Tamil saints.
The collossal monolithic image of Gomateswara or
Bahubali is a familiar sight to those touring Karnataka.
located near Bangalore is home to the Bhoganandeeswara
and Yoganandeeswara temples.
Temple: Explore the rich sculptural wealth of this ancient Hoysala monument built by Vishnuvardhana of the 12th
century CE. (article contributed by guest writer).)
The Kesava temple at Somnathapura located near Mysore
is a standing illustration of Hoysala art.
Temple: Explore the history of this Hoysala
monument and experience its sculptural splendour. (article contributed by guest
Mysore - the historic capital of Tipu Sultan enshrines Ranganatha and Ranganayaki
at the grand Ranganatha temple.
located near Mysore is home to the Tirunarayana
temple and is a seat of the Sri Vaishnava tradition.
built at Chamundi hills near Mysore enshrines
Chamundeswari the tutelary deity of the Maharajahs of Mysore.
Bijapur is one of the centers of early Chalukyan art. The Durga
temple is probably the best known of the temples here.
ancient town of Vatapi was a capital of the early Chalukyas. It is now known as Badami and
it has several temples from the sixth and seventh
the third in the triad of early Chalukyan art centers near Bijapur has several landmarks in the evolution of temple architecture.
is another early Chalukyan temple art repository
and is located near Badami.
Mysore: This ancient temple at Talakkad
near Mysore was patronized by the Cholas of the 12th century CE.
temple at Vijayanagar dating back to the period of Krishna Deva Raya, enshrines Virupaksha or Pampapati.
||The Vitthala temple
at Vijayanagar (Hampi) is known for its
halls with exquisite pillars, intricate friezes and the a stone chariot.
is one of the seven revered Mukti stalas of Karnataka and it enshrines Subrahmanya (Kartikeya).
||The Seven Mukti
Stalas of Karnataka associated with Parasurama include some of the well visited pilgrimage shrines such as
Kollur, Udupi & Gokarna.
- a well visited pilgrimage center in Karnataka enshrines Manjunatha,
in this stala of Dharma or righteousness & charity.
The Shrikanteshwara temple at Nanjangud near Mysore
is a revered center of worship.
Chalukyas of the 11th & 12th centuries developed a temple style characterized by ornate pillars
||The district of
Kolar known more for its gold fields is home to several
temples tracing their history through several royal dynasties that ruled the region.
The Vidyashankara temple is a magnificient temple
built under the patronage of the Vijayanagar empire.
Index: This index provides a pointer to the hundreds
of temples that dot the state of Karnataka.