Lakshmi Devi Temple of Doddagaddavalli, Hassan, Karnataka

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  1. The bulb incident is very funny. The poojari must be shocked.
    I’m also surprised to see the Boota idol. In Hoysala temples which I have visited I could not find any such Boota idols are.

  2. Bibi says:

    Another splendid temple…I love to visit temples, especially those like this one that are very old…I always imagine all the other people who walked there way back when….

  3. Ah, one will never be able to visit all the wonderful temples in India in one lifetime, methinks.

  4. magiceye says:

    Wow! Beautiful temple and wonderful pictures too!
    The story of your gifting the bulbs and bringing light and joy to the priest is indeed marvelous! Good on you!

  5. Sapana says:

    Beautiful temple. So nice of you to take efforts for bulbs for the temple.

  6. Alina Jack says:

    Why bhoota and preta are guarding the temple. Is there any story behind it?

    • Indrani Ghose says:

      There is no particular story but almost all temples have dwarpalikas… meaning guards. This being Goddess Kali her guards are bhoot and pret. Thank you for the visit Alina Jack. Very sorry to reply so late.

  7. Awesome pictures. I like the way you narrate things about the temple.

  8. Arun says:

    Such a beautiful temple with some brilliant architecture and still they have to struggle for bulbs! That’s really sad!
    Amazing pictures Indrani and I am really intrigued with the Bhoota Preta one. Something which I have never seen till date!

  9. Such intricate detailing …splendid!

  10. Priyanka says:

    So so beautifully written! Going through the post was like déjà vu for me. And yea, the Bhoota-Preta do look supernatural, especially since the light is poor inside. Hope to visit after the rains, to see the countryside green in full glory.
    (And having met the Bhat-Jai, I can very well imagine him telling you to get few bulbs for the temple. A stern but friendly person!)

  11. How beautiful are these temples. Just plain awesome…

  12. Very nice pics, good to know bringing bulb and cleaning the place.

  13. Yogi Saraswat says:

    I can definitely make the purchase and hand over the bulb. So, on my return trip I handed over 4 bulbs for the four shrines. Now it was pujari’s turn to be stunned. He politely said:
    I had casually mentioned about the need…
    I didn’t expect you to take it seriously…
    you shouldn’t have spent so much money… and on he went.
    Needless to say he was very happy.
    It was true worship Indrani ji . I never visited Karnataka but yes , have a future plan . I always noticed that in our old temples each and every brick has some specific intricate art . This always attracts me and make me proud for our culture.

  14. Very thoughtful of you to gift the bulbs to this architecture marvel…looks like the lawns outside are also well maintained.
    Normally, the Garbhagruha or sanctum sanctorum of all temples are dark and the lighting up of the camphor (now banned in many temples in TN) in the big brass lamps lightens up the idol’s face and features which is considered sacred and holy but nowadays that tradition is gone with many modern temples having chandeliers and other decorations that gives the temple a five star look:)

  15. Thanks for sharing Indrani; this is now on my wish list:)
    The bulb incident is really interesting and funny!

  16. Niranjan says:

    Lovely post. Glad to know more about this temple.

  17. Ami says:

    That devil thingy is scary. But a lovely temple. Well captured.

  18. That was a very warm gesture Indrani! Lovely post!

  19. Yet another great post on Karnataka’s unexplored temples. Thanks for share Indrani :). It was really sweet of you to provide the bulbs for the temple. Little gestures like these makes your travel worthwhile.

  20. You must have brightened his day (in more ways than one) when you returned with the light bulbs! Beautiful post about such an amazing temple – and village!

  21. That’s one beautiful temple complex; easy to understand why it’s the pride of the village. I love the amazingly detailed stone work

  22. budget jan says:

    I loved the stone temple and those “skeletons” are beautifully carved, although I understand your surprise!

  23. Indrani, I enjoyed your post but I enjoyed the story about the light bulbs even more. Show how we can help other even if it is in a small way (it may seem small to us but can mean the world for another person).

  24. The tongue out reminds me of my favourite emoji.
    Sydney – City and Suburbs

  25. ladyfi says:

    What lovely shots. I like those colourful houses.

  26. thomas says:

    Intricate rock carvings here

  27. Jeevan says:

    You done the right offer, indeed, by giving bulbs to the temple! Truly remarkable temple complex and impressive architecture… I also liked the colourful village atmosphere out there.

  28. vatsala mallya says:

    What a lovely and serene place ! Hoysala architechture and sculpture is so unique and impressive . Beautiful green surrounding !

  29. Wow you actually went back!! a true devotee you are….
    I also visited the smaller hoysala temples on my work trip in karnataka and was mesmerized by them!!
    This temple is wonderful and lovely sculptures!!

  30. Sophie says:

    Very interesting and unusual temple. I like the story about the light globes you brought back.

  31. Nisha says:

    Such a lovely story Indrani! I liked the story about the bulbs. Good that you went back with bulbs.

    And the Bhoota Preta duo must be looking supernatural in that poor light.

  32. Beautiful temple. I chuckled at the light bulbs too. I wonder how many other people heard his request, but for whatever reasons couldn’t come back with the bulbs. Thanks for linking up. I’m slow getting around this week. Listening to and marking 100 final English presentations 🙂 #TPThursday

  33. Harsha says:

    Nice post. I had visited this place about 3 years back , I think, on the way back from Shringeri… Actually was looking for Veera Naraya temple. But , on asking for directions people led us to this temple (not that I regretted). I liked the Temple.
    Bhuta and the Preta, guarding the Kali’s shrine probably indicate that , Kali is the ruler of all the worlds including the underworld ! None can bypass her !

  34. Alberto C. says:

    Those Indian templates are just amazing. India has been on my bucket list for years and I can’t wait to travel there. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  35. Paola says:

    Do I understand well that Hoysala is an area or Karnataka or did I get it wrong? Thanks

  36. Sona Sethi says:

    Nicely written. I love these really old temples and the details on their walls. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Another part of India I knew nothing about! But then there are probably thousands of these temples around India and we may not be able to see them all. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to so for now, I’ll content myself with the photos you’ve shared.

  38. Joanna says:

    The temple looks amazing and i was impressed reading your story with the light bulbs. I have visited India and I have always been asked for an “offer” (donation) every time I went to a temple. It’s good to know that there are people who don’t think about money all the time.

  39. This is s lovely and the colours in the pictures stand out so nicely. I love it that the people greet with friendliness and know you are there for the temple and are so welcoming in showing that part of their culture.I learn so much about India from reading. One day I will get to see it myself. This is very impressive!

  40. Jenn says:

    I am always amazed to see the how diverse India is. There’s an accumulation of history that makes for a beautiful final combination. I love your pictures and your story on the post (and the history of the place), waiting for the next trip you take to another temple of the region!

  41. Samantha says:

    Honestly, I don’t even know where Karnataka is located. I do love the information and photos about the temples. I have seen many different temples and one never looks like another.

  42. Shounak says:

    What a strange incident with the bulbs:) One more reason to say “It happens only in India” 🙂

  43. I love the temple architecture of Karnataka. I have been here twice before, but since I was way too small my parents decided not to opt for temples . Now that I am old enough perhaps I will make a trip soon.

  44. Hassan district is known for it’s temples. Nice pictures and thanks for the history behind this temple. Will definitely refer your blog when we plan to visit this place.

  45. Tae says:

    Hahah the bulbs 🙂 the temple is stunning and I love the details carved into the figures. The more I read about India and see how beautiful it is, the more I want to go 🙂

  46. It’s was so good of you to return with bulbs, I know your kindness was helpful to future travelers who would want to offer prayers. Is the Lakshmi temple named after Queen Rani of Jhansi? I recently read Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran, and the temple reminded me. Great post

  47. I LOVE your response to the Pujari! Good going on that.. you get the experience you are looking for and you get to help them out. That is awesome.

  48. Evanne says:

    I love that you brought back bulbs – how wonderful! You helped out and it made for a great story 🙂

  49. Amazing post, very informative and well structured. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  50. Christina says:

    These temples look amazing. It is great news that because of you, these can now be enjoyed by others in full light! Great story.

  51. The temple is truly glorious. I agree that it is in good shape for its age. How nice that the locals are so proud of their town’s treasure.

  52. Ana says:

    Loved the architecture of Lakshmi Devi Temple. The monument looks so beautiful and thanks for sharing about your trip with us!

  53. Blair Villanueva says:

    This is a very interesting place and the temples still standing proudly. I wish that the modern architectures are like before, wherein it lasts for centuries. Great reading!

  54. Chelsea says:

    That temple’s beautiful. Its a really great reminder to all of us why we love to travel so much! Great photos!

  55. Veronica says:

    The temple looks so nice! I love visiting places that are less popular with tourists.
    I hope to visit India again in March so I will add this place to my travel list. Thank you for discovering a new place to me.

  56. The temple is awe-inspiring! Loved the photos, and honestly would love to do a tour of all the temples in the area, even if it does sound like a difficult endeavor.

  57. Tamshuk says:

    That was really nice of you to get those bulbs for the temple.
    The temple looks very beautiful. I have visited the ones on Halebid but this one is surely worth a visit

  58. Ami says:

    Revisiting this post and I still think that Devil thingy is scary

  59. Sabine says:

    Can’t believe you came back with the bulbs…that is just absolutly amazing, you are a great person! =)

    Ps. The temple looks really cool and a tad scarry^^

  60. Ana says:

    I think he was just joking when he asked you about the bulbs. I think that if my boyfriend and I were in your place during that visit, we would also be looking for bulbs. It is because we don’t know if we can come back again. I have been always interested in visiting temples. And I would love to visit this Lakshmi Devi Temple in the future.