10th April 2009
Every time I travel to my native place on my car, I think about visiting this place. But I change my mind as I cross Birur and approach towards Tarikere. The National Highway at this stretch used to be in a hopeless state at any time of the year. As soon as I enter this stretch of painful journey, reaching Shimoga as soon as possible would be at the top of my mind.
Things were changed when I drove on this road last time. The road was silky smooth and I happily took the deviation to Amruthapura!!
Amruthapura is known for Amrutheshwara Temple built during the end of 12th century by a local commander under the Hoysala ruler Veera Ballala II.
While many Hoysala Temples in Hassan are surrounded by houses, this Temple is surrounded by fields and open grounds. This gives a pleasant feeling to the visitors.
The outer wall of the Temple has several circular carvings and many of them are still in a good condition.
It is a single shrine Temple (ekakuta) and the deity is still being worshipped.
Amruthapura is about 10 km from Tarikere. A deviation from NH 206 would lead to the village. Since signboards are not clearly marked, it is better to ask locals for the direction.
More photos of Amruthapura can be found here.