A hearty welcome to "TemplesofKarnataka.com" a website which is unique in its own way which aims at portraying rich art, architecture and heritage of Ancient Karnataka.|
This website is a nonprofit initiative to promote the details regarding the Ancient Temples of Karnataka dating between 550 AD to 1800 AD which were either constructed or reconstructed or structural additions were made by the great dynasties of Kadamba, Ganga, Nolamba, Early Calukya, Rashtrakuta, Later Calukya, Hoysala, Vijayanagara, Nayakas, Wodeyars, etc.,
Before we take a deep dive into the website and explore more, I take this opportunity to thank all the Kings/Queens/Military Commanders/other patrons who granted funds for years together to construct these beautiful temples. A special thanks to all the craftsmen, artists, sculptors who have carved such beautiful images which are simply stunning and amazing.
We would like to thank Late Maharajas of Mysore, who patronized the scientific study of these temples during 1906 – 1946 under Mysore Archaeological Department, whose efforts are invaluable. The publications of Annual Reports of Mysore Archaeological Department opened a new door into study of these monuments over a century back and till date these reports are the first source of information.
University of Mysore nurtured the Indology Department,(the present Archaeology Department) and its work in this regard is first of its kind. This institute acted as source of information for all the research being undertaken so far in this regard. National Institute of Kannada Studies has taken lot of pain in carefully cataloguing all the epigraphy studies and helps in bridging the gaps found in History by publishing Epigraphia Carnatica.
Special thanks needs to be mentioned to Sri. B L Rice who produced two great volumes of Gazetteer of Mysore during 1876 and 1897. Also his works towards 8000 Epigraphy studies is noteworthy.
Sri.Ramanujam Narasimhachar is another great Archaeologist during the Maharaja’s of Mysore who published several Monographs on Hoysala Temples which acts as a source of inspiration till date and he too added a lot of work in categorizing and deciphering the 4000 Epigraphs.
The constant support and continuous efforts of Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi and Karnataka State - Department of Museums and Archaeology, Mysore in preserving and conserving these great monuments is noteworthy. Without the involvements of the person/s of these departments, today we would not be in a position to cherish the beauty of these monuments.
Karnataka State Gazetteer Department has constantly taken the pains in compiling great volume of information, carefully organizing the same and making sure it reaches the public thru its famous Gazetteer Volumes on Karnataka State as a whole and districts in particular.
American Institute of Indian Studies has funded the program of study of Indian Temple. Their work along with Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts is also very informative. The great volumes on Indian Temple Architecture which are outcome of these studies are simply amazing and great source of information.
With all the great men and women who have contributed a lot, I take this opportunity to personally thank Sri.Ramanjuman Narasimhachar, Sri.B L Rice, Sri.James Fergusson, Sri.Prasanna Kumar Acharya Sri. George Michell, Sri.M.A Dhaky, Sri.Adam Hardy(London), Sri.Shadakshari Settar(Dharwad), Sri.Gerard Foekema(The Netherlands), Sri.Maity S K, etc., to name a few. A separate section on these great men and women would be shortly added with the works they have executed with respect to Temples of Karnataka.
When I came up with this idea of this website, Sri.Yogesh Rajashekariah quickly responded and constantly supported my activities thru suggestions about building the website. Special thanks to all my friends from Karnataka Regional Engineering College (now National Institute of Technology, Surathkal) and other friends & relatives in Bangalore and elsewhere in the world who constantly encourage me in doing such a stupendous task of travelling and documenting things.
My special thanks to my father Late.Gurudev C J who was very instrumental in making my gene to be driven with adventurous activities all the time, he has directly helped me fuelling my passion towards exploring the world thru travelling. Also thanks to my mother Nagarathna, brother Sidraj, sister Rohini and wife Divya who are constantly supporting these activities on daily basis.
I wish every visitor to take this virtual tour thru the temples of Karnataka and enjoy every moment when you physically visit these places and contribute back by writing your experience in the blog section.
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