Saturday, December 29, 2012

Kuruvatti - Mallikarjuna Temple


Kuruvatti” is a village nested on the banks of the river Tungabhadra. This place is home to a very beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Mallikarjuna. It was built in the 12th Century by the Kalyana Chalukyas and later improvised by the Hoysalas. The god here is referred to as Trailokyamallesvara and Ahavamallesvara in some of the inscriptions. This temple is located in the center of the village and attracts a huge crowd from all over the State during festival days. This temple is a typical Chalukyas masterpiece, with unique features such as the carvings of Apsaras on the pillar tops of the front porch and numerous Nagabandha carvings on the door frames .There is also a detached Nandi Mantap in front of the temple.

Mallikarjuna Temple
 
Apsara on the Pillar Top
Skillfully Executed Pillar
Lord Ganesha
Lord Karthikeya
King Someshwara with his Two Queens and Two Helpers
Makara Torana
Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu
Beautiful Door frame
Lion
Dancing Couple
Nagabandhas
Seven Banded Door Frame

Saiva Dwarapalas
 
 
As the priest was engrossed in the temple daily rituals and crowd management, we did not have a chance to know more about the legends of this temple.
Blessed One
On Request Photography
Wooden Chariot
  

21 comments:

  1. Wonderful carvings very well captured..!

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  2. Absolutely superb pics. The cream colored Vimanam looks pretty. The apsara & the skilfully carved pillar/door frame/roof etc look exquisite.Thanks for sharing pics of the deities. Have a great & wonderful New Year 2013.

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  3. Superb captures of an incredible place! The carvings are wonderful indeed! Awesome! Wishing you and your family a very prosperous and Happy New Year!!

    Sylvia

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  4. Beautiful temple with lovely carvings. Nice shots!

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  5. Wonderful photographs! Thanks for sharing

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  6. This is truly a beautiful structure. The white dome is marvelous and all the carving is exquisite.

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  7. Amazing photos!Thank you for sharing.

    Wishing you a Wonderful New Year,2013!
    Green Tomato

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  8. Fourth pic is the best one!! Good to see you back blogging.

    Srik

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  9. Exceptionally beautiful architecture.

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  10. Great work - the pics as well as the info

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  11. Thanks so much for sharing. Fantastic captures. Rich heritage...

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  12. Happy New Year TGS
    Loved all pics. Such intricate work. even the spire looks very attractive.

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  13. happy new year
    beautiful photos

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  14. Wonderful art works and cute kids. Great header too.

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  15. Beautiful temple, and lovely captures!wish you a wonderful year filled with travel!

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  16. Nice report! Chalukyan temples are really feast for the eyes!

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  17. Beautiful sculptures, captured perfectly, a feast for our eyes. A gem of a place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. the interiors of the temple is so beautiful. Where exactly is this located. Bellary is my native you know.

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