Top 100 Must Visit Lesser Known Temples of Karnataka - Part II


51. Bachilingeshwara Temple, Bachanagudda
     Taluk: Badami, Bagalkot
     Dynasty: Rastrakutas in 8th century
    About: This beautiful temple belongs to the Pattadakal School of Architecture, built on a hillock near by. Only the garbhagriha of the original temple remains, which houses Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. This temple is west facing and faces the group of temples at Pattadakal.
Sri Bachilingeshwara Temple, Bachanagudda
Sri Bachilingeshwara Temple, Bachanagudda
52. Melgudi Jain Temple, Hallur
     Taluk: Bagalkot
     Dynasty:  Rastrakutas in 9th century
    About: This temple is built on the lines of the Meguti Jain temple, Aihole (Aivalli), with the open pillared navaranga modified into a closed navaranga. The outer walls of this temple are adorned with life-size sculptures of various Tirthankaras. 
Melgudi Jain Temple, Hallur
Melgudi Jain Temple, Hallur
53. Galaganatha Temple Complex, Aihole (Aivalli)
     Taluk: Hungund, Bagalkot
     Dynasty: Badami Chalukyas in 6th century
    About: This temple complex is one of the largest complex here with 25 temples of various sizes, shapes and designs. This looks like a laboratory of temple architecture, where one can witness the presence of small cave temples to advanced stages of temple architecture. This temple complex is located outside the village of Aihole, just off the road towards Pattadakal. 
Galaganatha Temple Complex, Aihole, Aivalli
Galaganatha Temple Complex, Aihole
54. Sri Kapileshwara Temple, Manne (Manyapura)
     Taluk: Nelamangala, Bangalore Rural
     Dynasty: Gangas in 8th century
    About: This temple though in ruins, looks very grand. The life-size Dwarapalakas, nicely carved windows and perfectly designed pillars are the only remains. Read more.
Sri Kapileshwara Temple, Manne
Sri Kapileshwara Temple, Manne
55. Sri Panchalingeshwara Temple, Begur
    Taluk: Bangalore Urban
     Dynasty: Gangas in 9th century and Cholas in 10th century
     About:  There are five temples in this complex, all of which are dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The 2 big temples are called as Nagareshwara and Nageshwara temples, both of which were built by the Gangas, while the other 3 smaller temples called as Kalleshwara, Karneshwara and Choleshwara were built during the Cholas times. 
Sri Panchalingeshwara Temple, Begur, Bangalore
Sri Panchalingeshwara Temple, Begur
 56. Kamal Basti, Belagavi
     Taluk: Belagavi
     Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 12th century
    About: The Kamal Basti has a garbhagriha, an antarala, a navaranga and mukhamantapas. The garbhagriha facing north is star shaped and houses an idol of Bhagwan Neminatha, the 22nd
Tirthankara, replacing the original image of Shanthinatha.  He is seated in the dhyana posture and is carved in black stone. Read more.  
Jain Temple, Belgaum
Kamal Basadi, Belagavi
57. Sri  Kalleshwara Temple, Sogi
     Taluk: Hoovina Hadagali, Bellary
     Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century and Hoysalas in 13th century
    About: Sri Kalleshwara temple is an east facing, ekakuta temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. This temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala and a sabhamandapa. The shikara of this temple is of vesara style with four talas.  
Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Sogi
Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Sogi
58. Sri Kalleshwara Temple,  Anguru
      Taluk: Hoovina Hadagali, Bellary      
      Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century
     About: Sri Kalleshwara temple here is a north facing, trikuta temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga in the main garbhagriha and Lords Janaradhana and Surya in the  other two garbhagrihas. 
Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Anguru
Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Anguru
59. Sri Kalleshwara Temple, H Hadagali
      Taluk: Hoovina Hadagali, Bellary      
      Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century
     About: Sri Kalleshwara temple is an east facing, ekakuta temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, and a sabhamandapa with two mukhamandapas, of which one has been closed by the ASI after restoration.  
Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Hoovina Hadagali
Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Hoovina Hadagali
 60. Sri Suryanarayana Temple, Magala
      Taluk: Hoovina Hadagali, Bellary     
      Dynasty: Hoysalas in 13th century
     About: Sri Suryanarayana temple is a south facing trikuta temple dedicated to Lord Prasanna Keshava in the main garbhagriha, and Lords Surya and Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of 3 garbhagrihas with 3 antaralas, a sabhamandapa and a mukhamandapa. 
Sri Suryanaryana Temple, Magala
Sri Suryanarayana Temple, Magala
61. Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Rangapura
      Taluk: Hoovina Hadagali, Bellary      
      Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century and Marathas in 17th century
     About: Sri Narasimha Swamy temple is a north facing dwikuta temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha in the main garbhagriha and Lord Surya in other garbhagriha. The temple consists of 2 garbhagrihas with 2 antaralas, a navaranga and a mukhamandapa.The shikara of this temple is built of brick and lime in typical Maratha style. 
Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Rangapura
Sri Narasimha Swamy Temple, Rangapura
62. Shiva Mandir, Narayanapura
      Taluk: Basavakalyan, Bidar     
       Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century
     About: Shiva Mandir  is an east facing trikuta temple, of which only the main garbhagriha with pillared mandapa with a mukhamandapa stands today. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. 
Shiva Mandir, Narayanapura
Shiva Mandir, Narayanapura
 63. Sri Dattatreya Temple, Chattraki
      Taluk: Sindagi, Bijapur (Vijayapura)      
       Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 12th century
      About: Sri Dattatreya is an east facing ekakuta temple dedicated to Lord Dattatreya (form of Vishnu). The temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, a sabhamandapa with 3 mukhamandapas.

64. Sri Mukaneshwara Temple, Hulukudi
      Taluk: Doddaballapura, Bangalore Rural  
      Dynasty: Cholas in 10th century
     About: This is a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha and a navaranga. The artistic work of carvings on the interior door frames is quite exquisite. Read more.
Sri Mukaneshwara Temple, Hulukudi
Sri Mukaneshwara Temple, Hulukudi
65. Lord Rama Temple, Gummanayakanapalya
     Taluk: Bagepalli, Chikkaballapura 
      Dynasty: Vijayanagara  in 14th century
     About: This ruined temple is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Rama. Sadly, today this temple has become a cattle shed for the local villagers. The temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, sabhamandapa and pillared navaranga with a mukhamandapa. Read more..
Lord Rama Temple, Gummanayakanapalya
Lord Rama Temple, Gummanayakanapalya
66. Sri  Viranarayana Temple, Belavadi
      Taluk: Chikmagalur 
      Dynasty: Hoysalas  in 13th century
   About: Sri Viranarayana temple is an east facing trikuta temple dedicated to Lord Viranarayana in the main garbhagriha, Lords Venugopala and Yoganarasimha in the other two garbhagrihas. Read more. 
Sri Viranarayana Temple, Belavadi
Sri Viranarayana Temple, Belavadi
 67. Sri Amrutheshwara Temple, Amruthapura
      Taluk: Tarikere, Chikmagalur
      Dynasty: Hoysalas  in 12th century
     About: Sri Amrutheshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. This temple consists of  a garbhagriha, an antarala, a sabhamandapa and mahasabhamandapa with 3 mukhamandapas. Read more. 
Hoysala Temple, Tarikere
Sri Amrutheshwara Temple, Amruthapura
68. Sri Ramalingeshwara Cave Temple, Nayakanahatti
      Taluk: Challakere, Chitradurga 
      Dynasty: Nayakas in 16th century
     About: Sri Ramalingeshwara cave temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga, which is believed to have be installed by Lord Rama himself. This temple consists of a garbhagriha and a pillared front porch inside the cave. Read more. 
Sri Ramalingeshwara Cave Temple, Nayakanahatti
Sri Ramalingeshwara Cave Temple, Nayakanahatti
69. Sri Kodi-Kalleshwara Temple, Lokikere
      Taluk: Davangere
      Dynasty: Hoysala in 13th century
     About: Sri Kodi-Kalleshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, and navaranga with mukhamandapa. 
Sri Kodi-Kalleshwara Temple, Lokikere
Sri Kodi-Kalleshwara Temple, Lokikere
 70. Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Anekonda
      Taluk: Davangere
      Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century and Hoysala in 12th century
     About: Sri Kalleshwara temple is an east facing trikuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga in the main garbhagriha and Lords Vishnu and Surya in the other two garbhagrihas. The temple consists of 3 garbhagrihas with antaralas, open pillared sabhamandapa with a mukhamandapa and a Nandimandapa in the front. 
Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Anekonda
Sri Kalleshwara Temple, Anekonda
 71. Sri Bhimeshwara Temple, Nilagunda
     Taluk: Harapanahalli, Davangere
     Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century and Hoysala in 12th century
     About: Sri Bhimeshwara temple is an east facing chatuskuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga in the main western garbhagriha and Lords Brahma, Keshava and Surya in the other 3 garbhagrihas. The temple consists of 4 garbhagrihas with 3 antaralas on the west, north and south sides, a sabhamandapa and a mukhamandapa.
72. Sri Nagareshwara Temple, Mulagunda 
      Taluk: Gadag
      Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century
      About: Sri Nagareshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala and a navaranga with mukhamandapa. 
Sri Nagareshwara Temple, Mulagunda
Sri Nagareshwara Temple, Mulagunda
 73. Sri Doddabasappa Temple, Dambal
     Taluk: Mundargi, Gadag
     Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 12th century
     About: Sri Doddabasappa temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, a navaranga with mukhamandapa and a Nandi mandapa in the front.

74. Sri Kaleshwara Temple, Kalagi
     Taluk: Chittapur, Gulbarga
     Dynasty: Kalyana Chalukyas in 11th century
     About: Sri Kaleshwara temple now in ruins, is a west facing trikuta housing Lord Shiva in the form of a linga in two of its garbhagrihas and Lord Surya in the other. The temple consists of 3 garbhagrihas with antaralas, and a navaranga with mukhamandapa. Read more.
Sri Kaleshwara Temple, Kalagi
75. Sri  Chennakeshava Temple, Channarayapatna
     Taluk: Channarayapatna, Hassan
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 11th century and Nayaks in 16th century 
    About: Sri Chennakeshava temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to lord Chennakeshava. The temple consist of a garbhagriha, an antarala, a navaranga attached to front porch. Read more.
Sri Chennakeshava Temple, Channarayapatna
Sri Chennakeshava Temple, Channarayapatna
76. Sri Betteshwara Temple, Agrahara Belaguli
     Taluk: Channarayapatna, Hassan 
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 13th century 
     About:Sri Betteshwara/Kesaveswara temple is an east facing dwikuta houses lord Shiva in the form of linga in main garbhagriha and Lord Keshava in the other garbhagriha. This temple consist of 2 garbhagrihas with only one antarala to the main garbhagriha, navaranga with 2 mukhamandapas and another open navaranga with a mukhamandapa. 
Sri Betteshwara Temple, Agrahara Belaguli
Sri Betteshwara Temple, Agrahara Belaguli
77. Sri Yoganarasimha temple, Goruru 
     Taluk: Arkalgud, Hassan 
     Dynasty: Vijayanagara in 16th century 
    About: Sri Yoganarasimha temple is a west facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Yoganarasimha. This temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala and navaranga with a pillared front porch. 
Sri Yoganarasimha Temple, Goruru
Sri Yoganarasimha Temple, Goruru
78. Sri Hunieshwara Temple, Agrahara Bachahalli
     Taluk: K R Pete, Mandya 
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 13th century 
     About: Sri Hunieshwara temple is a west facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, and a navaranga with pillared front porch with two entrances. Read more. 
Sri Hunieshwara Temple, Agrahara Bachahalli
Sri Hunieshwara Temple, Agrahara Bachahalli
 79. Twin-Temples, Mosale
     Taluk: Hassan 
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 13th century 
   About: The twin temples here are dedicated to Lords Nagareshwara (Shiva) and Chennakeshava and are built on the same platform. These ekakuta temples are built on the similar architecture. Read more.
Sri Nagareshwara and Chennakeshava Temple, Mosale
Sri Nagareshwara and Chennakeshava Temple, Mosale
 80. Sri Bucheshwara Temple, Koravangala
     Taluk: Arsikere, Hassan 
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 12th century 
     About: Sri Bucheshwara temple is an east facing dwikuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga in the main garbhagriha and Lord Surya in the other garbhagriha. The temple consists of 2 garbhagrihas with 2 antaralas, and a navaranga with 2 mukhamandapas. Read more. 

81. Sri Someshwara Temple, Kalkeri
     Taluk: Hanagal, Haveri 
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 12th century 
     About: Sri Someshwara temple is an east facing trikuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga in all the three garbhagrihas. The temple consists of 3 garbhagrihas with antaralas, and an open pillared navaranga with 2 mukhamandapas. 
Sri Someshwara Temple, Kalkeri
Sri Someshwara Temple, Kalkeri
82. Sri Ramalingeshwara Temple, Honatti
     Taluk: Ranebennur, Haveri 
     Dynasty: Kalyani Chalukyas in 12th century 
    About: Sri Ramalingeshwara temple, now in ruins is an east facing trikuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga in all the three garbhagrihas. The temple consists of 3 garbhagrihas (of which one is completely ruined) with 3 antaralas and a navaranga with a mukhamandapa.

83. Sri Pura Siddeshwara Temple, Haveri
     Taluk: Haveri 
     Dynasty: Kalyani Chalukyas in 11th century 
     About: Sri Pura Siddeshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with antarala,  and an open pillar navaranga with 3 mukhamandapas.

84. Sri Santheshwara Temple, Tilavalli
     Taluk: Hanagal, Haveri 
     Dynasty: Kalyani Chalukyas in 13th century 
     About: Sri Santheshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala, and an open pillared sabhamandapa with 3 mukhamandapas. Read more.

85. Sri Someshwara Temple, Kurudumale
     Taluk: Mulabagilu, Kolar 
     Dynasty: Hoysalas in 12th century 
     About:  Sri Someshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala, and a sabhamandapa with mukhamandapa.
Sri Someshwara Temple, Kurdumale
Sri Someshwara Temple, Kurdumale
 86. Sri Gangadhareshwara Temple, Teruhalli
     Taluk: Kolar 
     Dynasty: Gangas in 8th century, Cholas in 11th century and Vijayanagara in 15th century 
    About: Sri Gangadhareshwara temple is an east facing Dravidian styled temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala and a navaranga with mukhamandapa. 
Sri Gangadhareshwara Temple, Teruhalli
Sri Gangadhareshwara Temple, Teruhalli
87. Sri Mahadeva Temple, Itagi
      Taluk: Yelaburga, Koppal
      Dynasty: Kalyani Chalukyas in 11th century
   About: Sri Mahadeva temple, also known as "Devalaya Chakravarthi" or "Emperor among Temples" is an east facing ekakuta temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga.  Read more.
Sri Mahadeva Temple, Itagi
Sri Mahadeva Temple, Itagi
 88. Sri Eshwara Temple, Sheelanere 
     Taluk: K R Pete, Mandya
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 12th century 
     About: Sri Eshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala,  and a sabhamandapa with mukhamandapa. Read more.
Sri Eshwara Temple, Sheelanere, Mandya
Sri Eshwara Temple, Sheelanere
89. Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple, Sante Bachahalli
     Taluk: K R Pete, Mandya
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 12th century 
    About: Sri Mahalingeshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. This temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala, and a navaranga with mukhamandapa. Read more.
Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple, Sante Bachahalli
Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple, Sante Bachahalli 
90. Sri Malleshwara Temple, Machalaghatta
     Taluk: Nagamangala, Mandya
     Dynasty: Hoysala in 13th century 
    About: Sri Malleshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. This temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala, and a navaranga with mukhamandapa. Read more. 
Sri Malleshwara Temple, Machalaghatta
Sri Malleshwara Temple, Machalaghatta
91. Sri Lakshminarasimha Temple, Marehalli
     Taluk: Malavalli, Mandya
     Dynasty: Cholas in 10th century, Hoysalas in 12th century and Vijayanagar in 16th century
   About: Sri Lakshminarasimha temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Lakshminarasimha. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala, and a navaranga with mukhamandapa. 
Sri Lakshminarasimha Temple, Marehalli
Sri Lakshminarasimha Temple, Marehalli
92. Sri Chennakeshava Temple, Bhreya
     Taluk: K R Nagara, Mysore 
     Dynasty: Hoysalas in 12th century
   About: Sri Chennakeshava temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Chennakeshava. The temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, a navaranga and a mukhamandapa. 

93. Sri Sidlu Mallikarjuna  Temple, Bettadapura
     Taluk: Periyapatna, Mysore 
     Dynasty: Gangas in 8th century and Vijayanagar in 15th century
     About: Sri Sidlu Mallikarjuna temple is a big Dravidian style temple built atop the Sirigiri hill and is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga.

94. Sri Kashi Vishwanatha Temple, Kavaledurga
     Taluk: Thirtahalli, Shimoga (Shivamogga) 
     Dynasty: Keladi Nayaks in 15th century
     About: Sri Kashi Vishwanatha temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala, and a navaranga with  mukhamandapa. There are two pillars in the front of this temple that are quite unique. Read more.

95. Sri Lakshminarasimha Temple, Bhadravathi 
     Taluk: Bhadravathi, Shimoga (Shivamogga) 
     Dynasty: Hoysalas in 13th century 
   About: Sri Lakshminarasimha temple is an east facing trikuta housing Lords Lakshminarasimha,  Purushottama and  Venugopala in the garbhagrihas. The temple consists of 3 garbhagrihas with 3 antaralas, a sabhamandapa and a mahamandapa with 3 mukhamandapas. 
Sri Lakshminarasimha Temple, Bhadravathi
Sri Lakshminarasimha Temple, Bhadravathi
 96. Shanthinatha Basadi ,Chikkamagadi
      Taluk: Shikaripura, Shimoga (Shivamogga) 
      Dynasty: Hoysalas in 12th century
      About: Shanthinatha Basadi,  now converted into Basavanna temple is an east facing ekakuta housing Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala, and a navaranga with mukhamandapa. 
Shanthinatha Basadi, Chikkamagadi
Shanthinatha Basadi, Chikkamagadi 
 97. Sri Uma Maheshwara Temple, Hosagunda
      Taluk: Sagara, Shimoga (Shivamogga) 
      Dynasty: Hoysalas in 12th century
      About: Sri Uma Maheshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala and pradakshina patha, and a big open pillared navaranga with  mukhamandapa.  
Sri Uma Maheshwara Temple, Hosagunda
Sri Uma Maheshwara Temple, Hosagunda
98. Sri Moole Shankara Temple, Turvekere
      Taluk: Turvekere, Tumkooru (Tumkur) 
      Dynasty: Hoysalas in the 13th century
      About: Sri Moole Shankara temple is an east facing ekakuta temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala, a sabhamandapa and mukhamandapa. 
Sri Moole Shankara Temple, Turvekere
Sri Moole Shankara Temple, Turvekere
99. Sri Sambhulingeshwara Temple, Keresanthe
      Taluk: Kadur, Chikmagalur 
      Dynasty: Hoysalas in 12th century
     About: Sri Sambhulingeshwara temple, now in a ruined state is an east facing trikuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga, Lord Keshava and Lord Surya. The temple consist of 3 garbhagrihas with antaralas, and a navaranga with pillared front porch. Read more.
Sri Sambhulingeshwara Temple, Keresanthe
Sri Sambhulingeshwara Temple, Keresanthe
100. Sri Madhukeshwara Temple, Banavasi 
      Taluk: Sirsi, Uttara Kannada 
     Dynasty: Kadambas in 4th century, Chalukyas in 11th century and Sonda kings 16th century.
      About: Sri Madhukeshwara temple is an east facing ekakuta dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of a linga. The temple consists of a garbhagriha with an antarala and pradakshina patha, a sabhamandapa and an open pillared navaranga with 3 mukhamandapas. 
Sri Madhukeshwara Temple, Banavasi
Sri Madhukeshwara Temple, Banavasi

There are many other lesser known beautiful temples in Karnataka which we have visited and will be compiled in the next series. The list will be updated accordingly as and when we visit other lesser known places. With this post, we have completed our 300th post!

Older Post                                                                                                           Newer Post 

Comments

  1. You have made an exhaustive list. Glad to know about many of the lesser known temples.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Loved the post. Very useful infos. Awesome pics.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Awesome post, so many unknown places are there, bookmarked this post.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wonderful compilation! Just the guide I needed for my next visit to Karnataka (hopefully soon!)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Very impressive list. I am going to use this for my future travels.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thank-you All for your appreciation

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...