Saturday, May 11, 2013

11th century Kasivisvesvara (Kashivishvanatha) Shiva temple at Lakkundi, South India

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.

Kasivisvesvara and Surya temples
are connected
Beautiful doorway Kasivisvesvara
Shiva temple

Elaborate work on the
doorway of the temple
Simple and beautiful work

Carvings on the wall
of the temple
Motifs and decoration on the
wall of the Kasivisvesvara
Shiva temple

Elaborate work on the
Shiva inside an elephant with an Asura at his feet


Anonymous said...

wow ! nice collection of temple snaps !!

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

nice one

Tomichan Matheikal said...

Nice pictures and interesting info. Wish the pictures were a little bigger.