Panchakuta Basadi at Kambadahalli

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25 April 2014
Sometimes we travel to places with fewer expectations but
return with a pleasant experience. One such place was Kambadahalli that I
visited last weekend. A great place if you have liking for history and
The name Kambadahalli (meaning “pillar village” in English)
comes from the pillar in front of the Basadi. It is said that the bell on the
pillar rings when there is a problem in the village. Sounds strange but
villagers vouch that it works!! The Temple was constructed in 900 – 1000AD
during the time of Ganga and Hoysala rulers.
The wife of the priest along with her son guided us in the
Temple. They provided quite some information which I find now hard to
recall!!  The Basadi was constructed in
two phases. The first phase consists of three shrines (right side on the
picture below).
The second phase consists of two shrines facing each other
joined by pillared porch. All shrines have the idol of thirthankaras.
There are beautiful carvings on the roof.
The idol of Thirthankaras.

This sculpture has three expressions; serious, smile and in
peaceful meditation. These expressions are revealed when light is beamed from
different directions. Amazing!!
Carvings on the wall.

How to reach:
Kambadahalli is about 20 km from Bellur cross. The shorter
route via Bindiganavile passes through the villages and coconut plantations.
While most of the road is in good condition, few stretches were under
construction. The rains led to some slushy patches in between. Another route is
via Nelamangala. This is longer but road conditions are better. 

4 Responses

  1. Jaspreet Soni

    This looks like a great place to visit with the entire family. It’s amazing that these beautiful carvings and sculptures have survived all these years. Buddhism and its teachings possibly has the most peace-loving attitudes toward life. Thanks for sharing!

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