Friday, December 21, 2012

Amruteshvara temple -Amruthapura

Amruteshvara temple -Amruthapura

The Amruteshvara temple is located in Amruthapura, a town which is 67 km north of Chikmagalur town in Chikkamagaluru district, Karnataka state, India. Located 110 km from Hassan and 35 km from Shimoga on NH 206, Amruthapura is known for the splendid Amruteshvara temple (also spelt Amruthesvara or Amrtesvara) . The temple was built in 1196 by Amrutheshwara Dandanayaka (commander) under Hoysala King Veera Ballala II. Located in the close vicinity of the Bhadra River reservoir, a short distance from Tarikere town, this is an idyllic spot.

The rise of the Hoysalas to power in the 11th - 12th centuries created many important towns and cities (nagara) along the malnad regions of present day Karnataka. The Hoysalas built many ornate temples in this region and it is not uncommon to find them spaced very short distances from each other.

Amrutesvara temple

The temple is a fine example of Hoysala workmanship built with a wide open mantapa (hall). Surrounded by Palm and Coconut farms, the temple still has its original outer wall with interesting, equally spaced circular carvings. The temple has one vimana (shrine), hence it is a ekakuta design and a closed mantapa (hall) connects the shrine to the large open mantapa.

A mid sized Hoysala temple, it compares closely with the Veeranarayana temple at Belavadi in mandapa structure and size. The open mandapa has 29 bays and the closed mantapa has 9 bays with a side porch that leads to another separate shrine on the south side. The shrine is square in shape and still has the original superstructure (tower) richly adorned with sculptures of Kirthimukhas (demon faces), miniature towers etc. Below the superstructure, the usual panel of Hindu deities is not present. The base of the wall has five mouldings which is an older Hoysala style. The Sukanasi has the original Hoysala emblem of Sala fighting the tiger.

The speciality of the temple are the rows of shining lathe turned pillars that support the ceiling of the mantapa. The mantapa has many deeply domed inner ceiling structures adorned with floral designs. The outer parapet wall of the open mantapa has a total of 140 panels of sculptures depicting the Hindu epics. Unlike in many Hoysala temples where the panels are small and carvings miniature, these panels are large. The Ramayana is sculpted on the south side wall on 70 panels with the story proceeding anti clockwise which is unusual. On the north side wall, all depictions are clockwise, the normal Hoysala style. 25 panels depict the life of Lord Krishna and the remaining 45 panels depict the epic Mahabharata.
Ruvari Mallitamma, the famous Hoysala sculptor and architect started his career here working on the domed ceilings in the main mantapa. The large stone inscription near the porch is an excellent example of medieval Kannada poetry composed by the famous poet Janna.
(Source: Wikipedia)


If the Children are poor in studies or facing any problem in gaining better education. Its better to visit this temple . Sharada matha will bless them and sure they will achieve their bright feature.

Those who got success from Sharada Matha they will give MADALAKKI AND SAREE.

Temple specialty:
There is a Saligrama Shivalinga [ tri murthi ] , which is brought it from River Kandakki  which is in Nepal.and 300 years deepa lightened by Mysore Maha Raja

For any information related to temple or pooja performed at the temple, contact the temple committee chairman on 09482135704

Getting There:
From Tarikere its just around 8.5 km
From Shivamogga its around 48 km
From Chikmagalore its around 64 km
From Bengaluru its around 240 km
Route: Bengaluru --NH4--> Tumkur --NH206--> Tiptur --NH206--> Arasikere --NH206--> Birur --NH206--> Tarikere -->

Places of Interest near Amruthapura:
* Chikmagalur (64 km)
* Kemmanagundi (40 km) : A hill station in Chikmaglore district
* Mullayanagiri (70 km) : Highest peak in Karnataka
* Kallathgiri Falls (32 km) : Water Falls near Kemmangundi
* Hebbe Falls (42 km) : Water Falls near Kemmangundi
* Bhadra Dam (30 km)
* Shivamogga (48 km)
* Koodli (55 km) : The place where the Rivers Tunga & Bhadra converge.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Family Tour 2012-Chikamagalur

Family Tour 2012-Chikamagalur

Date : Oct 27th to Oct 29th

Bangalore-Harnahalli-Chikamagalur-Mullayangiri-Seethalayana Mutt-Ratnagiri Bore HALT

Chikamagalur-Hiremagalur-Belvadi-Chikamagalur-Manikyadhara Falls-Bababudan Giri-Kaimara-Lingadahalli-Bellavara-Dodkhan Estate(Byrekhan Div)-Halt

Byrekhan Estate -HebbeGiri Peak-Birur-Kadur-Harnahalli-Bangalore

Myself and My Friend Vishwanath Family has planned to visit Chikamagalur Tour, we had a plan to visit in and around Chikamagalur particularly Kemmanagundi (Kalathgiri Falls, Z Point, Shanthi Falls, Rajbhavan at Kemmangagundi) decided to leave bangalore on 26th Oct, due to non availability of Vehicle, finally booked a vehicle Innova, informed the driver to pick up at 5-00 am on 27th, vehicle came to our residence and moved towards Sri Viswanath Residence, by 6-00 am as soon as reached his residence, packed all luggage on the top of the Innova, we all sat inside, as soon as we sat the Innova could not take the load (actually it was 7 seater, we were 9), Driver could not start and straight away rejected not to start the vehicle, u please look another vehicle, Tension started at the time of starting of the tour, finally myself and viswanath called several phone to all known travels, finally we could get a Vishwanath Friend's Toyota Qualis, by 8-00 left Bangalore had breakfast at Agarwal Bhavan, reached Arasikere by 11-30 am dropped viswanath mother in law at Harnahalli had lunch over there and left Harnahalli by 12-45pm


Haranhalli is a village in the southern state of Karnataka, India. It is located in the Arsikere taluk of Hassan district in Karnataka. Haranhalli is well known for two ornate temples built by the Hoysala Empire King Vira Narasimha II in 1235 A.D., the Lakshminarasimha temple and the Sadashiva temple.

The Kesava temple (popularly known as Lakshmi Narasimha temple) is situated in the center of this old Hoysala town. The records reveal that three brothers -Peddanna Heggade, Somanna and Keshanna- obtained a free site from the natives and constructed the temple in 1234 AD. The Hoysala king Narasimha II bestowed the brothers with more acres of land later for the development of the temple.

Mallitamma, one of the best-known Hoysala sculptors of the 13th century, is the main sculptor of the Kesava temple. He is believed to have worked for the Nuggehalli, Hosaholalu and Somanathapura temples also.

The Chennakeshava temple is a State monument. This temple sits on a star shaped foundation & is very similar to the Belur temple. But the maintenance is bad. This picture was taken on 4,April, 2010. The renovation of the temple premises was going on.

reached Chikamagalur by 3-45 pm via Javagal, Belvadi, Kalasapur, I called my Friend Sri Suresh near Chikamagalur Bus Stand, we re chalked the plan to visit first day to Mullayanagiri, Seethalayana Mutt, Ratnagiri Bore for the remaining day.


Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka, India. Mullayanagiri is located at 13°23'26?N 75°43'18?E in the Baba Budan Giri Range of the Western Ghats of Chikmagalur Taluk. With a height of 1,930 metres (6,330 ft), it is the highest peak between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris. Mullayanagiri is one of the best trekking place in Karnataka and South India.

Rathnagiri Bore:

To the north of the town looms the Ratnagiri Bore, a small hill which has now been made into a garden called Mahatma Gandhi Park. 'Rathnagiri Bore' located on the northern side of Chikmaglur town has become a 'Star of Attraction' to the local people on almost all evening outgoings and weekend holidays. Located on a vital spot, it gives the most beautiful sight of 'Mullayanagiri' on the back drop with ever-changing natural scenario. Clouds and fog playing around the top of the hill, is really the most wanted place for visitors of all ages.

We had a nice evening with musical fountain at Ratnagiri Bore, reached back chikamagalur by 9-00 pm.

As it was a busy long holidays, we could not book a room (we had a plan to stay at Lakkavali, due to time constraint, we could not reach the place), finally we got a room at Hotel Samrat, Near Chikamagalur Bus Stand

Meanwhile we chalked the tour prog for Day-02 (Hiremaglur-Belvadi-Bababudangiri-Maniykadhara Falls- Byrekhan Estate)Next Viswanath Family Relative had a pooja programme at Udbhava Ganapathi Temple at Belvadi, we had pooja prog, visited Veeranarayana Temple and after having lunch we left towards Chikamagalur to visit Bababudangiri and Manikyadhara Falls

Veera Narayana Temple, Belavadi

Veeranarayana temple (1200 CE) in Belavadi, Chikkamagaluru district

The Veera Narayana temple is located in Belavadi (Kannada: ಬೆಳವಾಡಿ), a village in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka state, India. The temple was built by the Hoysala Empire. This village was also known as Ekachakranagara, a place mentioned in Mahabharatha where Bheemasena killed the demon Bakasura and protected the village and its people. Belavadi is 29 km southeast of Chikmagalur town on the Chikmagalur-Javagal highway and 10 km north of Halebidu. It is a short distance from the famous temple towns of Belur and Halebidu, and a visit to this town is a rewarding experience.

Baba Budan Giri Range

Dattagiri Hills or Baba Budan Giri Range is a range of mountains in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India. The range, originally known as Chandra Drona Parvatha, takes its current name from the Dattapeeta Cave and 17th century Sufi saint Baba Budan. The Dattagiri or Baba Budan Giri Range includes the highest peaks of Karnataka. Unique mountain flowers called Kurinji blooms in these hill ranges once in every 12 years and the last time this spectacle happened here was in 2006.

Manikyadhara falls

Manikyadhara Falls is situated near Kemmangundi of Chikmagalur district. It is located on the Baba Budan Giri HIlls, which is a sacred place for both Muslims and Hindus. It is one of the main attractions of Baba Budan Giri or Dattapeeta.
Location: It is located approximately 40 km from the chickmagalur town.