The origin of the Hoysalas is a matter of much interesting speculation and controversy. Like their distinguished contemporaries, the Seunas, the Hoysalas too claim their descent from Yadu (Lunar Dynasty) and call themselves the Yadavas. The conventional titles like, "Yadavanarayana", "Yadavakutambrad-yumani" and "Dvaravatipura-varadhisvara" are common to both the Seunas and the Hoysalas. These details are compiled from internet and by various sources by the Blogger over the years.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Kesava Temple (1130 A.D), Marle, Chikkamagalur Taluk, Chikmagalur District.


Marle belongs to Chikkamagalur district. A road connects Marle to Hiremagalur. During the region of Vishnuvardhana Raya, two temples have been built here - one a Kesava temple, and the other, a Siddeswara temple. On the outer surfaces of each of these temples several wall carvings are found. Two attractive elephants holding lotuses in their tusks capture the attention of every visitor near the portico of the Kesava Temple.

In between the two temples there stands a 12 feet high stone slab on which are inscribed the details regarding the history of their construction. It represents the treasure of inscriptions and sculpture abounding in our Karnataka state. In the Navarangas of both the temples round pillars, ceiling decorations in the form of Bhuvanaeswari, along with the retinue of the eight deities guarding the quarters (Ashtadikpalakas) do exist. Despite all these facts of exquisite figures and features, the place has remained unknown to many lovers of sculptural art, just for want of adequate advertisement by responsible people.

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