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Badami town is best known for its beautiful cave temple, cut into the cliff face
of a red sandstone hill. They display the full range of religious sects which
have developed in India. Two of them are dedicated to Vishnu, one to Shiva and
the fourth is a Jain temple. There's also one natural cave which is a Buddhist
Iskcon Temple, Bangalore
The Iskcon Temple was built recently by the International Society for Krishan
Consciousness. As you climb the granite steps you will encounter three small
shrines before the main temple. The three idols of Lord Krishna in the main
shrine are made of brass.
51 kms southeast of Hassan, this is one of the most important Jain pilgrim
centers. Here is the 17 m high monolith of Lord Bahubali - the world's tallest
monolithic statue. Thousands of devotees congregate here to perform the
Mahamastakabhisheka -a spectacular ceremony held once in 12 years, when the 1000
-year- old statue is anointed with milk, curds, ghee, saffron and gold coins.
The next Mahamastakabhisheka will be held in 2005 A.D. Shravanabelegola is 158
kms from Bangalore
This temple is one of the most remarkable examples of Hoysala art. The interior
and the exterior walls of the temple are covered with intricate sculptures
depicting the various Hindu gods, sages, stylised animals and birds, and friezes
portraying the life of the Hoysala rulers.
The temple is set in a well-maintained garden adjacent to which is a museum
containing a collection of fine sculptures. Inspite of the fact that
construction of the temple started in the year 1121 (Approx.) and there was 80
monotones years of labour the temple was never completed. Among the other famous
temples of Halebid are the Kedareswara and Jain temple.
The Channekeshava Temple at Belur was constructed in the year 1116 to celebrate
the victory of the Hoysala's over the Cholas at Talakad. Intricate carvings can
be found on the interiors of the temple. The sensational seven storied gopuram
is exceptionally beautiful with some breathtaking sculptures explicitly
depicting the apres-temple activities of dancing girls. The temple is enclosed
in a paved compound with a well and a bathing tank. Among others temples of
Belur are the Channigaraya and the Viranarayana Temples.
Situated to the west of the fort lies Shiva temple built in 1820 is a mixture of
Islamic and Gothic styles.
The Bull Temple, Bangalore
The Bull Temple situated in Bangalore, houses the 4.57 m high and 6.10 m long
image of Nandi, Lord Shiva's bull. The temple was built by Kempe Gowda in the
16th century. The image has been carved out of single granite rock
The Durga Temple
It notable for its semi-circular apse, elevated plinth and the gallery that
encircles the sanctum.Fascinating carvings of Chamundi Devi trampling the
buffalo demon; Narasimha, the 'half-man-half-lion god'; the Ardhanari, half man
and half woman deity; Mahishasura Mardini and many more sculptures can be seen
In the same complex, is the first model of an intricately carved lathe turned
The Hazara Rama Temple,
Dating from the early 15th century, the hall of the Hazara Rama Temple has
finely carved basalt pillars depicting the incarnations of Vishnu. Around the
exterior walls of the hall are three rows of sculptures illustrating the main
events from the Ramayana.
This temple now unused is situated in the royal enclosure of the city and was
probably the king's private shrine. The enclosure walls of the temple are
exceptional in that they are carved both on the outside and the inside.