Lost temples of Karnataka: Haranahalli
Overview: Around 8kms from Arsikere is a beautiful township of Haranahalli. There are two temples Keshava and Someshwara. The temple was locked early in the morning. So we asked the whereabouts of the priest which was not very far from the temple. The priest gave us the keys and we went inside the Keshava temple. The early morning scene in the temple premises was adding to the beauty. The carvings were excellent on the outer walls but from the interior it was too dark. The ceilings were decorated amazingly. In the meantime the priest asked his assistant to open the doors of the Someshwara temple which was on the other side of the road.
The Someshwara temple also was nice and beautiful but it was not maintained properly and bushes had grown all around the temple. The authorities should work on the restoration of this temple. The temple also had beautiful carvings on the walls of various deities in different poses. The ceiling was also carved beautifully.
How to reach: By Car: We started from Bangalore taking the Bangalore-Mangalore road, before Bellur Cross, watch out for a sign board indicating Turuvekere. Turn left and reach Turuvekere. From there proceed towards Aralaguppe, from there, take the forest road which leads to Arsikere. From there Haranahalli is around 8kms. After Haranahalli, we proceeded towards Javagal.
Food/Accommodation: Accommodation is available in Arsikere. So plan to reach Arsikere by evening to make the night stay.
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