Manyapura - The Lost Capital of Gangas 1
"Manne" is a village of Nelamangala Taluk, Bangalore rural district. Though we knew only of its location somewhere near Nelamangala, we set out to find this place. After reaching Nelamangala and inquiring, a bunch of people we first met told us we had to travel about 24 kms from here to that place and gave us directions. We were not really convinced with their directions and the distance as our pre-trip research said Manne was only about 8 kms from Nelamangala. We thanked them and proceeded further to ask the next few, but in vain. Since most of them were unaware of this place, we had to move on. Finally we met someone who told us the distance to Manne is about 9-10 kms from hereon. We were pleased by his answer and since it matched our research we moved ahead following his directions assuming they were right .
We reached Budihal on NH4 (Tumkur road ) and as per the man's directions we had to make a right turn here. We wanted to make sure we were on the right track and inquired a few people around but none seemed to know about the place. Finally, an elderly person came to our rescue. He gave us the same directions as the first bunch of people had given us (the 24 kms travel) and told us we had to travel about 16 kms to reach our destination. Without wasting any more time, we proceeded further. At last, we were greeted by a welcome arch of the place which read " Welcome to the Capital of the Gangas - Manyapura ".
|Welcome to the Captial of the Gangas- Manyapura (Manne)|
The Gangas are one amongst the many strong dynasties that ruled Karnataka during the 9th - 12th Centuries. They started their rule with Kolar as their capital, then shifted to Manyapura and finally Talakad. Manyapura, the then capital of the Gangas today is nothing but neglected ruins. We would like to add that Manyapura somehow has failed to make its mark in any which way possible unlike Talakad and Kolar. There are many temples here built during the period of Gangas, some of which have been completely renovated while the others are in ruins. We saw that some efforts were being to restore and maintain some of these temples though not sufficient. We had the wonderful company for 4 kids who also guided us across the village to show us different places and we must say they knew much about the same and felt proud too.
|The Famous Four!|
The first place we visited was the "temple of Kapileswara" which is about 1200 years old. It looked very grand, though in complete ruins. The life-sized Dwarapalakas, nicely carved windows and perfectly designed pillars are the only remains.
|The Decorative Door Frame|
|One of the Magnificent Dwarapalakas|
|A Closer Look|
|Nicely Carved Windows|
|Window Frame Work|
|Depiction of Romantic Scenes|
|Carvings on the Window|
|Window from the Inside|
|Rear View of the Temple|
|A Perfect Picture-Guides, Photographer, Temple, Cows, Cycle, Shepherd Lady & MUV|