Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Mahadeva Temple, Itagi , Koppal

 Ittagi/Itagi/Itgi, situated in Yelburga Taluk of Koppal district is well known for its 12th century Mahadeva temple belonging to the later Chalukyan period and is regarded as one of the finest of temples in the country. An inscription in medieval Kannada present inside the temple premises states that the temple was built by Mahadeva, a Dandanayaka (army general) of the Chalukyan king Vikramaditya VI in 1112 A.D. The temple has been rightfully described as “Devalaya Chakravarti”, meaning ‘Emperor among temples’. 
Mahadeva temple, Itagi
The Mahadeva Temple, Itagi

 Temple Complex
 The temple facing east is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has a garbagriha which houses the Shivalinga and an antarala (ante-chamber). In front of the ante-chamber is a closed navaranga having porches with doorway and mantapas, towards its north and south. The ceilings are exquisitely carved. An open navaranga or pillared hall at its front is huge, having about sixty pillars out of which twenty six large pillars stand on the floor supporting the main roof, and the remaining shorter pillars stand on the stone bench (kakshansana) around the hall supporting the sloping overhangs of the roof. The pillars are sculpted at its base and carry various designs while the central four are geometrically carved exhibiting angular patterns throughout. The original shikara of the garbagriha is partly damaged at the top and has been replaced by a modern element. The outer walls of the temple are almost plain, devoid of any sculptures and carry niches and pilasters with geometric designs, and friezes with minimal carvings.
Pushkarni at the front of the temple
 Stepped Well
Entrance
Open Pillared Hall at the front

Pillars with sculpted bases
Decorative door-jamb
4 Lathe Turned Pillars 
There are two shrines dedicated to Murthinarayana and Chandraleshwari, the parents of Mahadeva and 13 small shrines having a Shivalinga each, surrounding the main temple. The temple has a pushkarni (theertha) in its front and behind the temple is an open stepped well which has an entrance, and sloping walls on its other three sides. It was a treat to see them both filled with water.
Intricate Ceiling
Decked Lintel 
The Mahadeva Temple of Ittagi is magnificent and stands as a proof to the greatness and grandeur of the Chalukyan style of architecture.  

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Avarebele Mela 2016-A Tasty Treat To The Tongue!!!

 I write this post as I'm relishing the Avare Kadlekai Chikki/Avare Peanut Brittle courtesy Avarebele Mela 2016 being held at Bangalore. A crunchy bite of it aroused my taste buds, breaking the peanuts and Avare as the jaggery melted along.
Avarebele mela 2016, Bangalore
Artificial Fort Entrance to Avarebele Mela
Avarekai/Avarekalu/Avarebele (in kannada) or Field Bean/Indian Bean/Flat Bean belonging to the bean family of plant species is a seasonal crop and is famous among the south Indians. Another form is Hithkbele Avarekalu or Pressed  Field Bean where the outer peel of the seed removed for use.
A Relaxed Moment 
Avarebele Mela, organised by Sri Vasavi Condiments and farmers from Magadi is held every year to celebrate the onset of avarekai harvest during the months of December-January. A not to miss for Bangaloreans and Avare lovers, the fest offers varieties of food items with Avare as its base ingredient. The stalls put up serve us with a wide range of delicious sweets and  savouries including snacks, chats,etc., all of which exhibit the green color of Avare in someway or the other.  Apart from being delicious, the foods also showcase various textures palatable to the mouth. We had a chance to taste the items of Mosaru Kodubele/Spicy Curd Ring, Othu Shavige/Rice Noodles, Hithkabele Holige/Sweet Flat Bread, and Masala Vada/Spicy Deep-Fried Fritters which we relished completely. The other sweets included Jalebis and Jamoons that seemed succulent and utterly mouthwatering. The menu offers more than thirty varieties of foods which are unique in every aspect. It is indeed a pleasure to our senses of taste, smell, sight, touch and sound!

The Green Army
Avarebele mela
A must visit for the locals and tourists who are around during this time, the Avare celebration is truly an unforgettable experience which promises to bring us back again and again, year after year!
Avarebele Mela has begun from 7 January 2016 and will go on up to 24 Jan 2016 from 11:00am to 10:00pm at Sajjan Rao Circle, V.V.Puram, Bangalore. So, if you are around remember to visit!
Chat Menu 
Fresh Avarekalu
A Tasty Treat



Monday, January 4, 2016

Good Bye -2015

"We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day."-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Wishing all a very Happy New Year - 2016. Have a great, fun-filled and an adventurous year ahead!


Bandallidurga Trek
Ride atop Nandi Hills
Cycling around Sharavathi River Valley (Photo credit: Prashanth M)
Drive through Bisle Ghat
Walkway leading towards Bisle View-Point
Twin Hills of Chandragiri and Vindhyagiri at Shravanabelagola
Betteshwara Temple at Agrahara Belaguli, Hassan
Lakshminarasimha Temple at Javagal, Hassan
Chennakeshava Temple at Ambale, Chikmagalur
Asokan Rock-Edicts at Gavimatha, Koppal
Mahadeva Temple at Itagi, Koppal
Age no bar for travel-An inspiring young lady from Bengaluru at Itagi Temple
Venkatappa Baavi (Well) at Kanakagiri, Koppal
  Cave Temple at Amminabhavi, Dharwad 
The Fortress of Chitradurga  
The Mighty Gol-Gumbaz, Bijapur
World's Heaviest Medieval Cannon (weighing 56 tons)  at Bijapur, 'Malik-E-Maidan'


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