Saturday, May 25, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
|Suryanarayana temple, |
Lakkundi, Gadag, India
Saturday, May 11, 2013
|Kasivisvesvara temple, with the Sun|
temple far right, Lakkundi,
In continuation to my earlier post on the beautiful ancient temples of Lakkundi, I am posting another beautiful temple from Lakkundi.
This 11th century temple in Lakkundi, Gadag, is dedicated to lord Shiva. This temple is also known as the Kashivishvanatha temple.
This is one of the most elaborate and beautiful temples of Karnataka. The interesting part of this temple is how it connects to another temple, the Surya temple. The Surya temple is known as Suryanarayana temple, and as the name suggests it is dedicated to the Sun God. The interesting thing to note is that usually the Sun temples face east but Suryanarayana temple faces west. I will post some pictures of the Surya temple in my next post.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
|Exterior decoration motifs|
at the Brahma Jinalaya
I could not visit Gadag during my last trip to Karnataka. But I certainly have it in my list of places to see. My cousin went there last year. She saw some absolutely beautiful temples during her visit.I wonder why not many people know about Gadag. I am sharing some temples from a place called Lakkundi which is around 11 kms from Gadag. Gadag is very well connected. A number of government buses ply from all over Karnataka to Gadag. Gadag also has a railway station.
Lakkundi has a Jain temple, Brahma Jinalaya, dedicated to Mahavira, it happens to be one of the oldest and largest Jain temples in Lakkundi. This temple is beautiful. I think the temple's name comes from Brahma's figure inside the temple. This temple dates back to 1007 AD, and was built by Attiyabbe, wife of Chief Nagadeva during the reign of Kalyana Chalukya ruler, Irivabedange Satyashraya. This temple's construction style is of the Karnataka’s Dravida style. This style flowered even more under Lakkundi's temple builders.
A couple more temples that she visited were the Nanneshwara temple and Manikeshwara temple with a massive stepwell. In fact the temple looks smaller in comparison!
|A small temple next to the |
Brahma Jinalaya temple