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Less Known Hosyala Temples

After a hectic week of working in the night due to client requirements , I got some much needed rest on Friday  when my team lead said i need not come to office in the evening. I finished the remaining work from home while searching for a few places to visit on the weekend.

While browsing aravind’s blog I came upon a few less known hosyala temple’s near Mysore which could be covered in a single day. I was initially planning on covering these during dussera but couldn’t due to  time issues. Now that I had ample time I set out to cover these places as I had missed them during my earlier trip. I had taken the directions from aravind before and I just cross checked them with my uncle before heading out

Apart from Belur,  Halebid and Kesava temple in somanthpur , the Hosyala’s have built other temples around Mysore which are not aware to many people. Some of the other temples built by hosyala’s are

  1. Sri Lakshminarayanaswamy temple in Hosaholalu
  2. Sri Bramheshwaraswamy temple in Kikkeri
  3. Sri Panchalingeshwaraswamy temple in Govindahalli

All these temples are within 15-20 kms from each other which makes it ideal for a one day visit along with belur halebid and sravanabelogla

I set out on sat morning around 9 towards panadavapura on my brother’s bike. Cruising at good speeds I reached pandavapura around 10.30. From Pandavapura I had to travel to KR Pet which is 30 kms.

I reached KR Pet in around 45 min and asked for directions to hosholalu. Hosaholalu is 2 kms from KR Pet was my first destination. There is a sign board showing the route to the temple once you reach hosholalu.

Lakshminarayanaswamy Temple

The temple is built on the similar lines of kesava and halebid temples i.e on a star shaped stone. The temple is surrounded houses and is well maintained by the ASI.

This temple has 3 shines and is called as a trikuta temple as explained by the priest present in the temple.  However he seemed to know very little about the temple and there were no guides around

A structure is built in front of the temple which spoils its beauty

After spending some time clicking snaps I headed out to kikkeri which is 15 kms from KR Pet. Upon reaching kikkeri i asked a few people directions to the temple and i was surprised to see people didn’t know about the temple. One of them asked to go to the town and inquire. I asked a person at the tea shop and he gave me the directions to the temple.

Bramheshwara Swamy Temple Entrance


The temple is situated next to a lake which is present near the town. There is a sign board one of the walls of a house advertising the presence of the temple

Lake near temple

The temple is not fully completed as some of the sculptures are not fully finished. The temple was closed by the time I reached there. I could however get inside the temple as parts of the wall has collapsed.

Bramheshwara Swamy Temple

Though the temple represents a fine piece of hosayala art , it is sad to see the temple is being neglected by the local people. Luckily there is no physical damage done to the temple

My final destination was govindahalli which is 5 kms from kikkeri. There is a rock slab just a few meters from kikkeri police station showing the direction to panchalingeshwara temple.

The temple is located amidst fields and has an air of freshness around it.

Panchalingeshwara Temple

The temple was closed when i visited, however an old lady near the temple gave me some info regarding the temple. The temple is huge and it has 5 sanctums for 5 shiv lings. Shiv lings  are named as  Tatpurusheshwara, Aghoreshwara, Sadyojateshwara,Ishanyeshwara  and Vamadeveshwara .

The 5 santums


A nandi statue is present for each of the 5 shiv lings. While  Aghoreshwara and Vamadeveshwara have their nandi statues outside , the nandi statues for Ishanyeshwara, Tatpurusheshwara and Sadyojateshwara are present inside the temple

Nandi Statue


The sculptures are missing from a few places in the temple. Theft might be a likely explanation.

I had finished seeing all these temples and I still had enough time to get back to Bangalore.  Sravanabelagola is just 11 kms from kikkeri and I was thinking of covering even that and then head to belur and halebid which was just 90 kms.

I however decided to cover these at a later date and moved to srirangapatna which around 50kms from kikkeri.

I reached srirangapatna at 3 and headed to dariya daulat which was tippu’s summer palace.

Dariya Daulat


Photography is allowed only outside the palace. The place houses paintings of srirangapatna during its fall along with the guns and other artifacts of tippu’s era

Guns used during Tippu’s Reign

After visiting dariya daulat I then visited gumbaz which contains the bodies of tippu and his family.

Gumbaz

After seeing gumbaz , left to see the remaining places in srirangaptna namely , colonel bailley’s dungeon , jumma masjid and rangathaswamy temple before heading to Mysore

Canon at colonel bailley’s dungeon

I spent the evening visiting the palace and relaxing

The next day i headed out to KRS and I wanted to see the venugopalaswamy temple which was recently renovated. I had visited the temple last year and the renovation was still under progress. The temple is located at the KRS backwaters.

Brindavan Gardens


Lot of things had changed in one year and due to some new construction being done I could not locate the place. Had to return home empty handed :(. I had taken a few snaps from my earlier visit

I left KRS and reached home at 3.30 in the afternoon.

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Snaps can be found here

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About Subbu
Name: Subbu Interests : Trekking,travelling Hobbies: Photography

2 Responses to Less Known Hosyala Temples

  1. Sharan Patil says:

    Subbya, you have got very good taste in your life magaa..God bless you my friend…

  2. Ravindra A.N says:

    Dear Subbu,
    I had just been to the Govindahalli Panchalingeshwara temple which is an absolute gem. Will you please give me its detailed history if you know or a link

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