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Govindanahalli - Panchalingeshwara Temple - North West view
817.961182 Meters Above MSL
Description about the temple
The Panchalingeshwara Temple situated at Govindanahalli which is about 4 kms from Kikkeri is another classical example of Hoysala art. It is the only Panchakuta temple which is constructed by the Hoysalas during ?? AD by the famous sculptor Ruvari Mallitamma.
The temple is facing East direction and the whole temple complex runs parallel to North South Direction with each kuta facing East Direction.
There are two Sukhanasi entrance to the temple and each of the these sukhanasi's house the Nandi which are beautifully carved. The Dwarapalakas at the entrance are with notable workmanship and resemble the Dwarapalakas present at Halebeedu but smaller in scale.
The entire wall facing the East is decorated with perforation so that there is enought lighting within the temple complex. As we enter the temple, we can find three Nandi's present inside the temple and five Lingas. Apart from the Lingas, one can find the entire family of Shiva with Parvathi, Subramanya and Ganesha on the doorway of Sri.Agoreshwara diety.
On the outer walls of the Garbha Griha one can find Ganesha, Mahishasura Mardhini, Shiva Parvathi idol housed in smaller Gopuras and each of these Gopuras are of different shape and size.
Also one can find the twin snakes, the male snake bearing seven heads and the female snake bearing five heads, this is quite unique as this kind of pair is available only here. The other pair is at Aralaguppe with 5 heads for male and 3 heads for female.
Starting the pradakshina around the temple, one can see the Dashavathara of Vishnu being sculpted on the upper railings with Mandakini figures being carved on the junction between the pillar and wall.
The other notable idols around the temple are the Vishnu Avataras, Shiva, Parvathi, Brahma, Ganesha and the dancing Saraswathi is extremely rare to spot in the Hoysala temples.
One can also note the various Gopuras being sculpted around the temple and each Gopura is unique and there is no repetition at all.
The view of the temple from the North West Corner and North East Corner is the best to get the view of Pancha Kuta.
Also this temple is constructed directly on the ground without the pedestal and one can clearly identify that the last Kuta was added at the fag end of the construction or after the temple was completed, hence, this temple shows a very clear disimilarity of the last kuta when compared to the former four kutas.
The differences are in the size of the pillars, the front wall, the distance between the kutas and the stone itself used for the construction.
Over all the temple is very attractive to look at and one can spend quality time going around it.
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No of Kutas
Ground Plan and Elevation
How to reach Govindanahalli
From Bangalore 168 kms
From DHQ Mandya 85 kms
1.Bangalore-Kunigal-Channarayapatna-Kikkeri-Govindanahalli. 2.Mysore-Srirangapatna-Krishnarajendra Pete-Kikkeri-Govindanahalli
National Highway 48, connects Channarayapatna from Bangalore(Nelamangala) and you get lot of KSRTC buses travelling between Bangalore and Hassan, Mangalore. Get into these buses and travel upto Channarayapatna, it is about 3 - 3.5 hours journey.
Alight at Channarayapatna and take any bus travelling towards Mysore and get down at Kikkeri which is about 25 minutes from there. Upon reaching Kikkeri, either you can get an auto to reach Govindanahalli or you have to walk for about 5 kilometers.
Also you can book a taxi from Channarayapatna and proceed towards Govindanahalli, the overall trip comes with minimum usage charges. You can get taxi from old bus stand. Ask for anyone once you get down.
Nearest railhead which is active is at HoleNarsipur and Hassan. It is advisable to reach by bus rather than train.
Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport and traveling by road there on is the best option.
Near by Temples to visit
Near by temples in about 30 kms radial distance. Note : The actual road distance might vary please enquire locally. The temples are listed from South to North Direction.
Bherya - Sri.Cannakeshava
Hariharapura - Sri.Channakeshava
Hariharapura - Sri.Harihareshwara
Akkihebbalu - Sri.Lakshmi Narasimha
Akkihebbalu - Sri.Konkaneshwara
Akkihebbal - Sri.Lakshmi Devi
Hosaholalu - Sri.Lakshmi Narayana
Kikkeri - Sri.Brahmeshwara
Govindanahalli - Sri.Venu Gopala
Agalaya - Sri.Malleshwara
Santhebachalli - Sri.Mahalingeshwara
Channarayapatna - Sri.Gadde Rameshwara
Channarayapatna - Sri.Chandra Mouleshwara
Channayapatna - Sri.Channakeshava
Anekere - Sri.Channakeshava
Malali - Sri.Lakshmi Devi
Malali - Sri.Eshwara
Holalu - Sri.Yoga Narasimha
Amenities and other useful details
Restaurant : Kikkeri has the hotel and there is no food available in Govindanahalli. It is better you carry food from Channarayapatna.
Hotel: Kikkeri has the hotel and there is no accomodation available in Govindanahalli. It is better you stay in Channarayapatna.
ATM: SBM ATM is available in KR Pete and Channarayapatna, but for the sake of emergency, carry sufficient cash.
Transportation: I am not aware of any local transport bus service which ply between Govindanahalli and Kikkeri.
Fuel Station: At Kikkeri 5 kms.
Health Care: At Kikkeri 5 kms.
Contact: Not available.
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