Amrutheshwara Temple, Amruthapur, Karnataka

After a brief halt at Yoga Narasimha temple in Baggavalli, we visited Amrutheshwra Temple in Amruthapura. This town is 245kms from Bangalore and is situated in the banks of Bhadra River reservoir. Amrutheshwara Temple is the only place of attraction here for tourists and pilgrims.

At the first sighting of Amrutheshwara Temple, I felt this temple looked more beautiful than Ishwara Temple because of its unique façade. The facade is partially open all around the mantapa and has incredible sculpted work on it.

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Hoysala Architecture in Amrutheshwara Temple

Amrutheshwara Temple is counted in the list of finest example of Hoysala architecture. This temple too belongs to the same era as that of Ishwara Temple. It was built in 1196 by Amrutheshwara Dandanayaka under Hoysala King Veera Ballala II. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has a Shiva Ling made of saligram, a black variety of stone brought from River Kandikevale which is in Nepal.

The temple is categorized as ekakuta (single shrine) temple. Unlike Ishwara temple this temple has 2 mantapas. One is completely closed; this connects the sanctum housing the idol with a large mantapa which is open. We could offer puja and spend some time inside the mantapas. The shining black pillars here stun you, how the sheen has existed for centuries with no sign of fading away!

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Photography is strictly prohibited in the interiors and I could manage to take some pics from outside. Nothing to get disappointed about, because the exterior has such intricate work that it hogs all the attention of the tourists. The wall relief sculptures depict several Gods, Goddesses, mythological creatures and stories. There are a total of hundred and forty panel sculptures with depictions from the Hindu epics we were told.

If you are there give particular attention to south side wall of the temple. This part has stories from Ramayana on seventy panels sculpted in anti clockwise direction. The north side has stories from Krishna’s life in 25 panels and also from Mahabharata in 45 panels. These depictions are in clockwise direction. Such details engraved in them that you can actually tell the stories looking at them. I could explain some of them to my daughters.

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Nearby places to visit

Approximately 30kms from Amruthapura is Bhadravathi which is famous for Sri Venugopala Lakshmi Narasimha Temple.

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46 Responses

  1. Gunilla says:

    What an amazing place! I love the details.

  2. sylviakirk says:

    Awesome temples and terrific captures as always, Indrani!! I would love to have an opportunity to visit these in person, although your pics are the next best thing to being there!! Thank you so much for sharing!! I hope you have a great new week!

  3. Cloudia says:

    Namaste. Thank You

  4. Alexa T says:

    Wonderful place for a visit and walk… Also, amazing architecture of historic buildings. So interesting aspects on wall relief sculptures!
    Greetings in january!

  5. Arun says:

    Indeed a beautiful temple. I have been hear while coming back from Agumbe trip.

  6. Niranjan says:

    Nice coverage of the temple. The works look intricate.

  7. Wonderful , Awesome pics and post.

  8. eileen says:

    Hello, Indrani! Wonderful images of the temple and carvings. The details are always amazing to me. Thanks for sharing your visit. Have a happy new week!

  9. Bibi says:

    One more Southern India beauty.

  10. Ranjini says:

    Amazing sculptures. It must require immense potential and patience to build something like that. Lovely pictures!

  11. matheikal says:

    Amazing sculpture, as usual in the classical temples.

  12. Raj says:

    Great temple. Brilliant architecture. And you have captured the beauty of sculptures exquisitely.

  13. lovely temple and amazing architecture… I love all of them down south actually… very unique!

  14. Beautiful place. I love it.

  15. Glorious details in every temple. I am sure they depict something important.

  16. DeniseinVA says:

    I always enjoy seeing these amazing places. Thank you for posting about them. Their history is also very interesting.

  17. Shrikant says:

    Amazing place. Thanks for sharing!

  18. This is such an architecturally beautiful temple. Feeling spiritual after seeing the pictures!

  19. Arun says:

    Awesome architecture!

  20. Priyanka says:

    Thanks for posting, a very educative post.

  21. Shaivi says:

    The detailed carvings had me mesmerized! Amazing shots and lucky u!

  22. Marvelous Architecture.. And you have described it doubly well.. Thanks for sharing, Indrani!

  23. We have so many hidden gems all around … Beautiful temple …

  24. Such gorgeous art in these temples…

  25. amazing architecture…on my wishlist:)

  26. Ami says:

    Amazing pics …book marking this right away for the next long weekend

  27. Fun60 says:

    Your images of the detailed sculptures are excellent.

  28. Mridula says:

    The Ramayana and Mahabharata stories must have been fascinating!

  29. Such beautiful detailed carvings!

    Donna@GardensEyeView
    and LivingFromHappiness

  30. Jeevan says:

    Very true, the work of intricate is too intense here! Great temple to grab attention entirely and the way stories depicted on stones are quite amazing to think… their records are very strong!

  31. The detailed workmanship is absolutely stunning!

  32. dNambiar says:

    Wow! the temple looks amazing so do all those sculptures! The Hoysalas really did leave us quite a lot of sculptural wonders, didn’t they?

  33. Tennyson says:

    I have another new amazing place added to my list of destinations 🙂

  34. Amazing temple, and detailed carvings. Whenever I look at such work, I always wonder how talented these men must’ve been!
    (A big hellow to you, back after a break :))

  35. Lovely pics ma’am.

    India is actually an amazing place. So many variations of cultures and variations deep within. Sometimes, it gets amazing to explore more and more.

  36. Sims says:

    Lovely place and pictures.

  37. Mandy says:

    Those carvings are indeed intricate. A lovely temple!

  38. The temple is truly a work of art. You captured the intricate carvings beautifully. Great post Indrani 🙂

  39. vishal says:

    Great Temple and nice pics 🙂

  40. Lovely pics and beautiful place

  41. vatsala mallya says:

    Both the temples Amruthapura temple and Ishwara temple are the architechtural and sculptural marvels with such intricate carvings on the ceilings and walls showcase the glory of Hoysala Dynasty . Amazing pics.

  42. Reshma says:

    Amazing Pics. Thanks to you this place is now on our wish list 🙂

  43. It is really amazing place . I had visited this few years ago. Another temple of Hoysala Architecture

  44. Sachin says:

    Pride of Kannada Land..

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