Roadissi Day One
After exploring the beautiful pillared Kalyan Mantapa, we moved on to explore another beautiful temple located a few meters away. This temple is dedicated to Lord Balakrishna and was built by the Pallavas during the 9th Century. It was later restored by Krishnadevaraya in the 15 Century.
|The Lord Balakrishna Temple|
Udayagiri was one of the most important cities of Medieval South India. It was ruled by the Satavahanas, the Cholas, the Pallavas, the Telugu Chodas, Gajapathis, Vijayanagar, Golconda Nawabs and finally the Britishers. Udayagiri was captured by the Vijayanagar kings in the early 14th Century. Later, the kings of Orissa (Gajapathis) captured this place along with the other surrounding cities like Kondavidu, and fortified these towns. Krishnadevaraya later recaptured Udayagiri and its surroundings and moved forward towards Cuttack to capture the Gajapathis, who then offered a peace treaty by asking Krishnadevaraya to marry their princess daughter Jaganmohini. Krishnadevaraya handed back the territories earlier held by Gajapathis up to river Godavari. In celebrating his roaring victory over the Gajapathis of Orissa, Krishnadevaraya made lavish donations to many temples in his empire, namely the Vijaya Vithala temple (Hampi), Lord Venkateshwara temple (Tirupathi) and so on. Almost all the well known and important temples down south were provided with an imposing entrance / Rajagopuras. Besides, a hundred or a thousand pillared mantapa or pavilion were added to the temple complexes. Most of the old temples in Hampi (the capital city of Vijayanagar kings) were renovated and enlarged with an additional architectural element "antarala". The complete religious structure built to mark his victory was the Lord Krishna temple in Hampi where he installed the Utsava Murthy of Lord Balakrishna (brought from the Lord Balakrishna temple in Udayagiri) in the Manimantapa of the temple complex.
|Note The Carvings of Various Animals|
|Lord Balakrishna and Butter Churning|
|Rear View of Shikara|
|Ananthashayana Sculpture on the Shikara|
Hereon, we headed towards the biggest of the Rajagopuras of Udayagiri, the one that first caught our attention and drove us into exploring the other beauties.
References :Vijayanagar, edited by Vasundhara Filliozat and Archaeology, Art and Religion, New Perspectives on Vijayanagara " written by Anila Verghese.
The Dance Shall continue .......