(Last Updated on : 14-04-2012)
Amruteshwara Temple was built in 1196 by Amrutheshwara Dandanayaka under Hoysala King Veera Ballala II. It is located in the close vicinity of the Bhadra River reservoir, a short distance from Tarikere town.
Amrutesvara temple is a fine example of Hoysala workmanship. It is built with a wide open mantapa (hall). The temple has equally spaced circular carvings. The temple has one vimana, hence it is a ekakuta design. It also has a closed mandapa that connects the shrine to the large open mandapa.
The open mandapa has twenty nine and the closed mandapa has nine bays respectively. There is a side porch that leads to another separate shrine on the south side. The shrine is square in shape. It has the original superstructure richly adorned with sculptures of Kirtimukhas
, miniature towers and so on. The wall base has five mouldings which is an older Hoysala style. The Sukanasi has Hoysala emblem of Sala fighting the tiger.
The rows of shining lathe turned pillars that support the ceiling of the mandapa is a great feature of this temple. The mandapa has several deeply domed inner ceiling structures adorned with floral designs. The outer parapet wall of the open mandapa has 140 large panels of sculptures depicting the Hindu epics. The Ramayana is sculpted on the south side wall. On the north side wall, all depictions are clockwise.
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