Thursday, 21 March 2013

Trikuteshwara temple, Gadag & Lakkundi

Trikuteshwara temple, Gadag & Bhimambika temple, Itagi

 
 
Overview: From Aihole, the next place we visited was the Trikuteshwara temple in Gadag. Passing through the crowded streets of Gadag, we reached the Trikuteshwara temple. It looked like a temple lost in the civilization. Inside the temple, it was silent and we could closely admire the beauty of the sculptor who designed this temple. The inner sanctorum has sculptors of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Also has one more temple next to it dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. There is a huge well also which was closed for the visitors. The carvings and chiselling were so delicate and exquisite and is a masterpiece of the Kalyani Chalukyas.
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On the way to Gadag, we also visited the Bhimambika temple at Itagi, which is known for the shrine of Bhimambika, who is believed to be Banashankari amma’s another form. We went for a quick visit there and had lunch at the temple. We could also see some Chalukyan ruins at Itagi.
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How to reach:  Bus: From Bangalore, there are many direct buses to Gadag.
Car/Bike: From Davangere, head on NH4 towards Bankapura. At Bankapura cross, turn right to reach Gadag.
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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Talagunda & Togarsi: Exploring remote places of rural Karnataka

Talagunda & Togarsi: Exploring remote places of rural Karnataka

Overview: Central Karnataka is full of historical structures revealing the glorious past of the Medeival kingdoms in South India. One such place we came across was Talagunda. Though nothing much to actually see here, this place must have been a hub during the Kadamba rule in Banavasi. A number of inscriptions have been found written in granite rock around this area.One temple that stands on the main road is the Praneshwara temple. It is known for the tall obelisk which has the story of victory inscribed in it. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it was worshipped during the Satakarni rulers and the shrine itself is believed to be constructed around 4th century. A Sanskrit inscription has been found which registers a grant of money for feeding 30 residents of Sthanakunjapura by Kakustha of the Bhatari family who was a feudatory of the Kadamba king.
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A few kilometers from Talagunda is a place called Togarsi which houses a temple on the top of a hill. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva can be approached by road easily and is built in a typical Coastal Karnataka style. Not much historical evidence is found about this place but some inscriptions are found which can be linked to the Kadambas.
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How to reach: Bus: KSRTC buses and also several private buses ply regularly from Bangalore to Shimoga. Private buses are available from Shimoga to Anavatti via Talagunda.
By Bike/Car: Take the NH4 to reach Tumkur, before reaching the town, turn left towards Shimoga. Travel to Shimoga via Tiptur and Arsikere. From Shimoga, take the Honnavar road to reach Balligavi. From Balligavi, take the state road leading to Talagunda.
Food/Accommodation: Plenty of options available for accommodation at Shimoga suiting all budgets.
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Friday, 8 March 2013

Hosur & Thorapalli: Quick getaways

Hosur & Thorapalli: Quick Getaways

Overview:
I have been travelling on Hosur Road for several years now and also passed through Hosur on numerous occasions, totally ignoring the town next door. So we thought of exploring the little town which is like a gateway to Tamil Nadu from this side of Karnataka. Hosur is just 22 kms from Electronics City and usually takes less than 1 hour to reach the town.
Hosur is a typical town in Tamil Nadu, very crowded and chaotic. There is a street full of vegetable vendors and hardly any space to move in between. We passed through the streets of Hosur and decided to pay a visit to C Rajagopalachari or commonly known as Rajaji's native place, Thorapalli. The native village of the last Governor- General of India is around 12 kms from Hosur. The road leading to this place is pretty decent and the village is well known so can ask for directions from the locals.
The village is really quaint like any other village in India. The old house of Rajaji is well maintained with artefacts from various stages of his life. Its a good place and provides a lot of information of the great man. We completing a round of visit at Thorapalli, we started back towards Hosur town.
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We visited the famous Chandrachoodeshwara temple which is on top of a hillock near the Hosur bus stand. This temple is probably visible from all parts of Hosur as it is in the center of the town. The temple, though not a huge one, but is attractive and the stone pillars give it a classic look. The balmy evening sun was showering its blessings on the tall gopuram and the birds chirping made it look so pleasant. From the top, the Hosur Lake is visible which adds to the beauty.
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It was already late evening by the time we made our way out of the temple, so we missed out on Kelevarapalli Dam which is 10 kms from Hosur.
How to reach:
Hosur can be taken up as a half day trip. Travel through NH 7, drive straight to Hosur. For Thorapalli, take the Rayakottai road, at Onalvadi, turn left to reach Thorapalli.
Regular buses available from Bangalore to Hosur. From Hosur, autos can be hired to reach Thorapalli.
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