10 December 2014

The Lesser Known Hoysala Temple - Lakshmi Devi Temple, Doddagaddavalli

On our day trip to the lesser known Hoysala Temples in Hassan district, after Koravangala and Mosale, we had lunch in Hassan and headed to Doddagaddavalli. Doddagaddavalli is off Hassan-Belur road. We reached the temple by around 4, by then the care taker/guide was about to leave. But he opened the temple for us and guided. While he told, since it was a week day there were no much visitors, watchman is there 24 hours and he opens the temple for visitors in his absence(till 5/6PM).
Hoysala Temple, Doddagaddavalli, Hassan, Heritage site, karnataka, Karnataka Tourism 
There are 92 Hoysala temples in Karnataka. These temples are known to be Ekakuta, Dwikuta, Thrikuta, Chatushkuta and Panchkuta, depending on the number of shrines and towers. Lakshmi Devi temple in Doddagaddavalli is a Chatushkuta temple, with four shrines and towers, also are four towers at the four corners of the temple compound. Each gopura(tower) has the kalasha and Hoysala crest at the top.
 Hoysala Temple, Doddagaddavalli, Hassan, Heritage site, karnataka, Karnataka Tourism

Hoysala Temple, Doddagaddavalli, Hassan, Heritage site, karnataka, Karnataka Tourism 
The temple is said to be built in the year 1114 A.D, by Kallahana Rahutha(from Kolhapur, Maharastra), a wealthy merchant in Hoysala court. The place was called Abhinava Kolhapura, connecting it with Kolhapur. The main deity of the temple is Kali also called Aadhi Shakthi, Maha Shakthi, in polite mood, so called SoumyaKali. At the foot of the goddess is the demon Shumbha Nishumbha, the goddess is said to be in her polite mood after killing the demon.
Hoysala Temple, Doddagaddavalli, Hassan, Heritage site, karnataka, Karnataka Tourism
There is SaptaMatrike(7 forms of Goddess)on the top of the door, and Nagakanye and Vishakanye(maids of Goddess) on either side of the door. Guarding the sanctum are Bhuta and Preta, very rare sculptures in skeleton form, found no where else.
Hoysala Temple, Doddagaddavalli, Hassan, Heritage site, karnataka, Karnataka Tourism

Hoysala Temple, Doddagaddavalli, Hassan, Heritage site, karnataka, Karnataka Tourism Hoysala Temple, Doddagaddavalli, Hassan, Heritage site, karnataka, Karnataka Tourism
Opposite to the sanctum(facing the Kali idol)is the shrine of Kalabhairaveshwara(a form of Lord Shiva), while we were told, there was a Vishnu idol previously, which was stolen and then a small idol of Kalabhairaveshwara was placed at its place. The platform has Garuda(Vishnu's vahana/vehicle).
Other deity in the temple include, Mahalakshmi(to the left of sanctum), which resemble the Mahalakshmi idol, at Mahalakshmi temple of Kolhapur. And its a very rare sculpture of goddess Lakshmi in standing posture, while goddess Lakshmi is mostly found in sitting posture. The goddess here hold Shankha, Chakra, Gadha, Hasta, while most Lakshmi idols are found to be holding Lotus. 
Hoysala Temple, Doddagaddavalli, Hassan, Heritage site, karnataka, Karnataka Tourism
And to the right of the sanctum is Boothanatheshwara, in the form of Shiva Linga. So its believed that you can't worship the lord, by laying down, as you have idols of god and goddess on all four directions and worshiping the lord by laying down, will point your toes to one of the idols.
Hoysala Temple, Doddagaddavalli, Hassan, Heritage site, karnataka, Karnataka Tourism

Hoysala Temple, Doddagaddavalli, Hassan, Heritage site, karnataka, Karnataka Tourism

Hoysala Temple, Doddagaddavalli, Hassan, Heritage site, karnataka, Karnataka Tourism
There is a small opening at the back of the temple compound, which opens to the lake. It was locked and we didn't get to reach the water. The care-taker was from Hassan and wanted to come along with us, but we had to say no, as we had Bylahalli to visit.
Driving Direction:
Doddagaddavalli is around 18kms from Hassan off Hassan-Belur Road. After driving around 15km, there is a Karnataka State Tourism board on the left hand side. Take that route, you cross two or three small villages, Chikkagaddavalli and others, drive through to reach Doddagaddavalli. You need to drive through the narrow lanes of the village, ask for directions from the locals, they will guide you. The temple is just next to a lake, and the road ends just at the gate of the temple. You can connect your visit to Doddagaddavalli, while planning Belur( if you are planning in private vehicle). There are Karnataka State Road Transport buses from Hassan too, but very limited.

9 comments:

  1. Great pics !
    Would u lik2follow each other on GFC n stay in contact

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    1. Thank you Ananya, we already follow each other on GFC..

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  2. Very attractive place with your amazing pics. Nice description also

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  3. This is an amazing post about an amazing place, which i hope to visit sometime soon !! The temples sculptures are enamouring to say the least !!

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    1. True, Hoysala temples are known for their rich architectural beauty.
      Thank you for dropping by..

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  4. Thanks Meghana for all the efforts and posting. Great Job.
    Self & my wife are planning to visit all these less known places of Hoysala architecture over this weekend.i.e 21 Nov & 22 Nov 15.
    Whats there in Bylahalli?

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    1. Thank you for dropping by, there is Lakshmi Janardhana Swamy temple in Bylahalli, though not hoysala temple. You can also plan other hoysala temples of Channarayapatna, Anekere and Nuggehalli all in Hassan district. There are few Hoysala temples in Shravanabelagola as well.
      Good to hear you are planning your visit, do share your travel experience here after your visit :)

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  5. amazing craftsmanship!!!

    I also visited 2 smaller temples from hoysala period during my site visit in karnataka and totally loved them!!

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