Lost temples of Karnataka: Kaitabhairaveshwara temple-Kotipura, Kubatur
Overview: Kotipura is a small village near Anvatti in Western Karnataka. We visited this place during our visit to Banavasi. The Kaitabhairaveshwara temple complex in Kubatur, Kotipura is a marvel to watch. Kubatur has a rich historical significance having been ruled by the Kadambas of Banavasi, the Badami Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Kalyani Chalukyas, Hoysalas of Dorasamudra, nayaks of Keladi.
The Kaitabhairaveshwara temple was built in 1100 AD during the Hoysala period and was known as Kotishwara in inscriptions. It closely resembles the Chalukyan temples in plan, pillar order and Shikhara. The sculptors of Mahishasuramardhini, Bhairava and Ganesha adorn the superstructure. There are 5 entrances to the Mahamandapa. Lateral entrances are provided in addition to the other entrances. The pillars of Mahamandapa are Lathe turned and polished to give it a shiny look. The ceilings are ornate and the parapet has sculptures of Ugra Narasimha, varaha, Garuda, Keshava among others. An inscription in this temple refers to major temple forms of India mastered by skilled architect.
How to reach: Bus: KSRTC buses and also several private buses ply regularly from Bangalore to Hangal. Buses are available from Hangal to Anvatti. From Anvatti hire local transport to reach Kotipura.
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 Anvatti. Anvatti can also be reached from NH4 to Ranebennur, from there take the state road to Anvatti via Chikkakerur.
Food/Accommodation: Plenty of options available for accommodation at Shimoga, Ranebennur and Banavasi suiting all budgets.
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