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Pattabhi rama Temple

This temple a bit off from the main tourist trail is notable for its size and completeness. Though not as much ornate, the Pattabhirama Temple is as large as the more poplar Vittala Temple. Apart from the principle shrine located at the center of the campus, a shrine dedicated to the goddess is located within the temple compound. The hall in front of the main sanctum is a superb example of the Vijayanagara style composite pillar architecture. The inner ones are relatively simpler whereas the ones facing the courtyard are elaborate. The divine marriage hall is at the southeast of the compound. Here to the pillars are carved with some fantastic Yali images. The whole temple campus was once paved with granite slabs, you can still spot the traces of it especially at the northeastern portion of the campus.. A tall tower at the east end of the compound wall opens to a wide chariot street. Further east of by the street is an elaborate temple tank. The street area is not much accessible and is now used by the local farmers. To see the pond you need to go a bit eastward by the main road. The main tower mentioned above is mentioned is built with brick superstructure and granite lower portions. The terracotta images typically part of such towers is non-existent. However the details on the lower granite portion are intact. You can even spot the Crescent -Boar-Dragger emblem of the Vijayanagara kings near the archway of the tower. A bit north of the temple is a Domed Gateway . You can visit Pattabhirama Temple as an extension of your visit to the Archeological Survey of India Museum . The temple is about 500 meters east of the museum. The road winds through a packed village and a garden emerges on your left. Further ahead you can spot the tiny entrance to the temple compound marked with a signboard.      Book Now

Mangaladevi Temple

The Mangaladevi Temple is a Hindu temple at Bolara in the city of Mangaluru in the South Indian state of Karnataka, situated about three km southwest of the city centre. The temple is dedicated to Hindu god Shakti in the form of Mangaladevi. The city of Mangaluru is named after the presiding deity, Mangaladevi. The temple is of significant antiquity and is believed to have been built during the 9th century by Kundavarman, the most famous king of the Alupa dynasty during the 9th century under the aegies of Matsyendranath. As per another legend, the temple is believed to have been built by Parashurama, one of the ten avatars of Hindu god Vishnu and later expanded by Kundavarman. The temple is built in Kerala style architecture, which is common in all temples in the South Indian state of Kerala and Western Ghats, with most of its structure made of wood. The presiding deity, Mangaladevi in the central shrine is in a seated posture. There are shrines around the sanctum for other deities. The temple dates back to the ninth century when Kundavarman, the most famous king of the Ahepa dynasty, was ruling Tulu Nadu. During this period, there were two holy saints of the Nath cult, Machindranath and Gorakhnath, who came from Nepal. They reached Mangalore, crossing the river Nethravathi. The place where they crossed the river came to be known as Gorakdandi. They chose a place near the banks of the Netravathi which was once the centre of activities of the sage Kapila. The ruling king met the two saints. Pleased with the humility and virtues of the king, they informed him that his kingdom needed to be sanctified with a temple for Mangaladevi. From their own mother he heard the story of Vihasini and Andasura, Parashurama and the temple built by them. The two saints took the king to the sites where all these historical events had taken place.      Book Now

Bahubali Temple

Bahubali (English: One With Strong Arms), a much revered figure among Jainís was the son of Rishabhanatha, the first tirthankara of Jainism. He is said to have meditated motionless for one year in a standing posture (kayotsarga) and that during this time, climbing plants grew around his legs. After his year of meditation, Bahubali attained omniscience (Kevala Jnana). According to Jain texts, Bahubali      Book Now

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