(Last Updated on : 23-03-2015)
The temples of Chikballapur district are astounding creations in the south Indian state of Karnataka, bearing the magnificent Chola architecture. Chikballapur district is a newly created district in the state of Karnataka that was carved out of the existing Kolar district by moving the taluks of Gowribidanur, Gudibanda, Bagepalli, Chikballapur, Sidlaghatta and Chintamani into the new district.
The temples of Chikballapur district have rare combination of traditional Chola forms and contemporary style of constructions. Rangasthala is a beautiful temple in this district, located on the way from Chikballapur to Gouribidanur. This temple is built in the Vijayanagar style and dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Bhoganandeeshwara Temple is one of the important temples of Chikballapur district; situated in the Nandi village constructed around 806 A.D. by Rathnavalli of Bana Dynasty is in Dravidian style. This temple is widely known in south India for its ancient architecture.
Sri. Arunachaleswara temple is located nearby Boganandiswara temple built out of soapstone. This temple is one of the unique examples in this district that suggests the innovative art. Moreover, this is one of the rare temples of Chikballapur district where one can find fine Ganga, Chola, Hoysala style of architecture together. Yoganandishwara Temple on Nandhi Hill was constructed in Drawidan and Chola style of architecture. This temple is one of the most visited temples of Chikballapur district. Sri Krishnadevaraya donated the idols of Dwarapalakas. An inscription at the outer wall of the temple narrates that Sambaji, son of Chatrapathi Shivaji captured the hill from the Mughal Rulers. Devaraya constructed another temple of Chikballapur district, Veerabhadra temple around 1397 A.D.
Papagni Matta, Aiyappa Temple and Chitravathi Temple are some more worth seeing temples of Chikballapur district in Karnataka.