Bangalore-Shimoga trip-1

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Overview: We had to attend a wedding in Hosahalli (Shimoga) in March 2021 so we thought of visiting a few places around Shimoga which we hadn't seen before.

We started from Bangalore on Saturday early morning at around 6:15am and stopped for breakfast near Dabaspet. We had light breakfast and headed towards our first destination, Baggavalli, which was still around 200kms away. The drive via Hiriyur - Ajjampur was very scenic with good roads and we were surprised to see greenery even during the summer months. We reached Baggavalli at around 11:30am and were happy to see a Hoysala temple after a long time. This is a 13th century temple and dedicated to Sri Narasimhaswamy. Unfortunately, the temple was closed when we went there and the priest had gone to a nearby village.

We were impressed to see most of the carvings still intact on the outer walls of the temple, and being a Vaishnava temple, we could see Dashavatara carved at multiple places. We spent around 40 mins in the temple premises admiring the architecture before we set towards our next destination.

Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple, Baggavalli

Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple, Baggavalli

Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple, Baggavalli

Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple, Baggavalli

Since it was already close to 12:30pm, we decided to stop at Tarikere for lunch. We took the veg meals which was a decent lunch for us. From Tarikere, we turned left towards Bhadra Wildlife sanctuary as we had a few more places to visit. We didn't stop at the Dam viewpoint since it was quite hot and sunny. We proceeded towards Someshwara temple in Sompura, which was quite close to the reservoir. Unfortunately this temple was closed too. Legend says that this place had the hermitage of Sage Jamadagni, and it was this place where Parashurama washed his axe. We saw the navaranga, which had lathe turned pillars, and were told that the interior of the temple was even more beautiful. One can also see small arches on the tower indicating the Indo-Sarsenic style of architecture.
Ajjampur-Tarikere road
Bhadra Dam
Someshwara temple, Sompura
Someshwara temple, Sompura
Someshwara temple, Sompura

After spending sometime we went to the nearby village of Shingapura to visit the Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple, which is completely in ruins. We could see a couple of men working on trimming the bushes near the temple and learnt that the structure is being rebuilt now.

Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple, Shingapura
Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple, Shingapura

From here we went to Amulya Shodha, a private museum which has a collection of antiques from the Hoysala, Keladi Nayakas and also until the 90s. The highlight of the place is the collection of Raja Ravi Varma Paintings, model of a traditional house, old coins and devices like typewriter. The place also displays the places to visit in Shimoga District.

It was late afternoon and we decided to call it a day and head towards our hotel in Shimoga.

Amulya Shodha
Amulya Shodha
Amulya Shodha
Amulya Shodha
Amulya Shodha

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