Monday, 16 April 2012

Lost temples of Karnataka: Hangal

Lost temples of Karnataka: Hangal

This Post is a part of the Chalukya Trail. Please Click here to read the main post
Overview: From Tilavalli, our next place of interest was the Tarakeshwara temple in Hangal. Hangal was the second capital during the Kadamba dynasty and gained more importance during the Western Chalukya era. Though Hangal boasts of several temples built by the Chalukyas and Kadambas, this was the main temple so we decided to explore only Tarakeshwara temple as we were short of time. The Tarakeshwara temple, built in the 12th century, is a perfect example of Western Chalukya art. The mantaps and the walls are minutely carved. The main highlight of this temple is the large Domical ceiling which is a huge gathering hall with 8 pillars in an octagonal shape having carvings of various Gods. The walls are carved depicting scenes from the Ramayana. The only disappointment was the temple was closed and the priest was nowhere in sight. At Hangal, we had local North Karnataka lunch.
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How to reach:  Bus: From Bangalore, there are direct buses to Hangal from Haveri
Car/Bike: From Davangere, head on NH4 directly to reach Haveri, from Haveri, head towards Hangal via State highway.
Food/Accommodation: There are some small restaurants offering North Karnataka meals at Hangal.

14 comments:

  1. Very-very eautiful pictures.

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  2. Beautiful detailing and fantastic captures! You are doing wonderful job of unearthing all the hidden temples and bringing out their beauty! Kudos, Keep your explorations going!!

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  3. I admit I do not know much about archaeology, I wonder if the gopurum is in hoysala sytle, while the court yard is of western chalukaya. Good shoots, this is next on my itenanary

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  4. Beautiful architecture and well captured photos.

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  5. Love these intricate details, you should write a book on the lost temples of Karnataka Arun

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  6. Oh! wonderful as also blissful. For me it is a must see place and I would definitely make it.

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  7. excellent photo captures and nice info

    thanks for sharing this post

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  12. Wow, It is first time I saw so many temples together. Tarakeshwara temple is indeed well built by our old-fashioned people. Recommended!

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  13. Great temple of Chalukya style, have seen since my childhood, Hangal town weather is awsome in rainy season

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