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Kikkeri - Brahmeshwara Temple - South East view
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Description about the temple
The Brahmeshwara temple at Kikkeri is another masterpiece of Hoysala art one must visit enrout to Hosaholalu or Melukote. It is situated in the Kikkeri hobli of Krishna Raja Pete on the State Highway 19, connecting Srirangaptna with Channarayapatna. It is situated at a distance of 11 kms from KR Pete.
The temple is dedicated to Eshwara and the presence of Brahma on the doorway leads to the naming of the diety as Brahmeshwara. This is a Trikutachala temple and is facing East Direction.
The Brahmeshwara is facing East Direction, the Channakeshava is facing the South direction and ?? is facing North Direction. One can also find Ganesha onto the right and Mahisasura Mardhini to the left of Brahmeswara.
As one enters the temple, you come across a beautifully carved Nandi facing West and just behind the Nandi is the idol of Sri.Surya Narayana which is also facing West. Both Nandi and Sri.Surya Narayana are housed inside a Sukha nasi and this Sukha Nasi appears to be very unique in its kind, with the Jagathis at about 4-5 feet above Ground Level.
As one enters the Navaranga Mantapa, one can come across four huge pillars which are Bell Shaped and extensively decorated with intrensic carvings and the presence of the Mandakini's reminds one of the Belur and Halebeedu temples.
Each pillar has the provision to hold 4 Mandakini's out of which only ?? are available and rest are missing from the pillars.
Each pillar's Bell is heavily decorated with miniature workmanship.
As we proceed further, one can find the Navaranga's roof extensively decorated. As we go around the Navaranga, one can also enjoy the Mandakini's on the pillars. Especially the one Mandakini or a drummer who is holding the Damaruga (musical instrument used by Shiva while dancing) attracts ones attention. The left hand of the drummer is holding the Damaruga and to control the rythm of the beatings she is holding it and the fingers are carved between the thread which is used to control the stiffness of the skin.
Also the three strings which are actually holding the drum in place is very slender and it demands a extra ordinary skill to sculpt such a master piece with utmost care. This particular idol is the most beautiful of the all present in both Belur and Halebeedu.
As we go around the Navaranga Mantapa one must give detailed inspection to the pillars, Mandakini's and the roof work.
Both the idol of ?? and Channa Keshava are housed in a raised pedestal which is quite unique when compared to other temples(Normally all the idols are positioned on the elevated platform(peeta) right from the bottom). With this one can see the transformation occuring in the later Hoysala temples where the idols are housed on the platform which represents Shiva Linga and Brahma ???
As we come out of the temple and start taking the pradakshina, one can see that the whole temple is built on the ground instead of elevated pedestal. This also deviates from the regular Hoysala temple depicting that it was built much earlier when the temple architecture of Hoysala was still emerging.
The outside walls containes idols of Vishnu Avatara, Ganesha, Brahma, Shiva, Parvathi, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, etc., each of these idols are housed under various kind of gopuras. One can clearly get to see the Bhumija, Vesera, Dravida and Kalinga style of Gopuras around the temple.
The idol of Varaha carrying Lakshmi on his left shoulder is alsoquite unique in its style.
The lower railings are very plain in nature and no major decoration is being done, apart from the carvings of Turkeyed Lions and Elephants.
As we come across the temple, onto the right of the temple one can find a small Gopura housing the ?? idol. Also one can find damaged mithuna couple on the lower railings. A very interesting carving of both Lion and Elephant can be observed on the right hand side of Sukhanasi. This particular corner stone has been carefully carved to depict both animals. If we look from North towards South direction, you will get to see Elephant and if the same image is looked upon from East to West Direction, you can find the image of Lion. Such a combination is a very rare occurance and it is noteworthy.
Onto the right of the main temple a few feet part is the temple of Sri.Parvathi Devi which appears to be constructed at a later date and there is no major artistic work which is worth to be noticed.
Onto the North East of the temple one can find a Shila Shasana on the steps to a small kalyani telling the story of a Shiva Bhakta being taken to Kailasa after obtaining Veera Gathi in a war by the Shiva Dhootas in a Pallaki(palanquine)
Just next to Kalyani is the abode of Kala Bhairava, this idol is carefully crafted and one can find the Dog, the official follower of Kalabhairava. The idol holds a Kodli(axe), Billu (Bow) and a ??
As this temple is below the ground level, it gets filled up with water during monsoon when the water rises in the adjoining lake present in the vicinity.
THE KARNATAKA ANCIENT AND HISTORICAL MONUMENTS AND ARCH∆OLOGICAL SITES AND REMAINS ACT, 1961.
DIRECTORATE OF ARCHAEOLOGY & MUSEUMS, GOVERNMENT OF KARNATAKA, MYSORE DIVISION.
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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
Govindanahalli - Sri.Panchalingeshwara
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
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