KR Pet is a small town on Mysuru – Channaraya Patna highway. Many temples constructed during Hoysala times are present around the town. In our previous visit, we had covered few of those temples. Recently, we went again to visit the remaining temples. This post gives a brief overview of these temples.
Huniseshwara Temple, Agrahara Bachalli
On the outskirts of KR Pete is the village of Agrahara Bachalli. It is not good to rely on Google maps to find the route to this village as it leads to wrong location. Ask locals and they happily guide you to the village. While the roads around KR Pete is generally good, the road leading to the village from the main road is very bad. The roads get narrow inside the village but still it is not difficult to find a parking place near the temple. The temple was locked but the house of the caretaker was nearby and we could get the key.
The unique feature of this temple is Garuda Lenka Kambhas (Pillars). The sculptures on the pillar top is very interesting. There are lot of hero stones in the temple complex. It was a good practical session for my daughter who is learning about the inscriptions, manuscripts etc.
While the walls of the temple are very simple, the Gopura is intricately carved.
The interior of the temple. The temple has been renovated with the help of Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatha Trust.
Lakshminarayana temple, Sindhaghatta
Sindhaghatta has many beautiful Hoysala temples and one of them is Lakshminarayana temple which is is built upon a raised platform. It is a non ornate variety of Hoysala style of architecture. A board in the temple complex provides nice explanation about the temple.
Sangameshwara – Jangameshwara Temple, Sindhaghatta
Another beautiful temple in Sindhaghatta is the twin temples of Sangameshwara and Jangameshwara. It was about 5-10 mins walk from Lakshminarayana temple. The village roads were narrow since the grains were kept on the road, we decided to walk that distance. The outer walls are uncarved like in Lakshminarayana temple but the interior is intricately carved.
Malleswara Temple, Aghalaya
The striking feature of Malleshwara temple in Aghalaya is the large area around the temple. Having seen the temples situated in between houses, this provides a welcome respite. This is a tributary temple, with three chambers. An excellent example of Hoysala architecture.
As mentioned earlier, this was our second visit to this area. In our previous visit, we had covered the following temples.
- Sri Bhrameshwara Swamy temple, Kikkeri
- Sri Panchalingeshwara temple, Govindanahalli
- Lakshmi Nayarana Temple, Hosaholalu
- Varahanatha Kalhalli, an interesting place. I heard it is now renovated and very popular!