Madhukeswara Temple Banavasi, Karnataka

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  1. Milena says:

    Wow the buildings are so old. And all those scupltures are so detailed. It must have taken many years to create all of that!

  2. cameron says:

    I’m always shocked at how history India has that I am unaware of.

  3. Del says:

    India is so rich in history and culture. Visiting India is definitely in my bucket list.

  4. So much history!! Many thanks for writing in this way. Monuments should be appreciated more when there is a background told.

  5. Joe says:

    The architecture and sculptures in the place look very intricate. A feast for history and architecture buffs indeed! Definitely seems like it is a good idea to seek out guides to show you around; I hope that they’re not too pushy? Sadly, that’s the experience I’ve had at some of India’s more famous monuments…I’m hoping that’s not the case in what seems to be a less-touristed spot.

  6. Every time I visit your blog, I discover a new historical site. There are so many historic locations within Karnataka.. looks like I should come up with a separate list to cover all these temples. Thanks for helping us discover the forgotten parts of our state..

  7. Magnificent art. Stones carved by hands are fascinating. With the then available tools, the precision is just amazing. Great bit of information and lovely pictures. If I happen to plan south on one of my vacations I’ll definitely mark this place!!

    – Pixellicious

  8. JuliaSan says:

    Very useful tips, thank you! I was in India recently, unfortunately not in this area. Hopefully next time. 🙂

  9. Yogi Saraswat says:

    Banavasi of Uttara Kannada district is the oldest town of Karnataka. It was the capital of Kadamba Empire in 345AD. Madhukeswara Temple is a part of the remains of this ancient kingdom. Since olden times life in this quaint little town revolved around the temple. Very few parts are left of Banavasi Fort. Very interesting site to visit . The first sight of the temple resembles to Kamakhya temple of Guwahati in some ways.

  10. Gokul Raj says:

    A classic Indian temple. The sculptures are magnificent as always.

  11. Sheri says:

    Unbelievable! So lucky to have been able to see this! It is so old and so amazing. The majestic cot sounds so intriguing. Hope one day I will also have the chance to see this.

  12. Carol says:

    Those temples are in remarkable condition considering how old they are. Very interesting carvings.

  13. noel says:

    This is truly impressive being built in the 3rd century and many of the reliefs and details are still intact – amazing to still see this in complete condition

  14. Milijana says:

    As an art, history and religious monuments lover, I have really enjoyed reading your post. It reminded me how much India has to offer when talking about world heritage.

  15. wow, 18 centuries old the Madhukeswara Temple would be amazing to explore. I love looking at the architecture and hieroglyphics. It’s so incredible to me how man could make such beautiful buildings and carvings without modern tools and now that we have the tools we don’t make things as embellished and beautiful anymore. A truly lost art.

  16. Bob says:

    I love visiting historical places so this is right up my alley. I would love to check out the temple and learn about it. India has so may temples I think I would love to just go on a temple tour.

  17. Dana says:

    WOW! An 18 centuries old temple! This would be an unforgettable trip. Great tip to search out a guide.

  18. How amazing to experience living history that is 18 centuries old! The reliefs are beautiful. I hope to visit one day in person.

  19. Jen Joslin says:

    Wow, these temples look so well preserved! The history of temples in India is just incredible. We are hoping to travel to India again this year and would love to visit. Thanks for sharing!

  20. I love to admire the beauty of religious and historical edifices, love the architecture! Thank you for sharing!

  21. Wow, Madhukeswara Temple is so gorgeous! And visiting a place that’s been around for so long must be truly fascinating. I’ve only been to a few places that are as (or slightly older than that) and they aren’t as well preserved (mostly due to wars in the region).

  22. Chrysoula says:

    Such a beautiful temple and so old. You were lucky to arrive in time to see it!

  23. blair villanueva says:

    I couldn’t help but admire these early works that still stand proudly and passed the test of time. The early people of this place are great architects and engineers, and the modern ones should learn meticulously how to do it 🙂

  24. mags says:

    I love exploring these historic temples. There’s something so peaceful about them.

  25. I love Indian historical structures and their architecture!Even the smallest temples of olden days have so much work to display. Such a beautiful temple and that Naga statue is pretty unique 🙂

  26. It really looks beautiful. So many amazing decorations. It is hard to believe how old some temples really are when seeing all the details built into them. 🙂

  27. The carvings and statues look very well preserved. It’s impressive how intricate the carvings are too, particularly since they’re in stone. Such neat temples.

  28. Wow! That’s a really old temple Indrani. I love visiting such temples as well and it’s not added to my list 🙂

  29. Wow! They have such amazing art in these temples. I loved the Nandi sculpture. Truly magnificent. This must have been an amazing trip!

  30. neha says:

    Wow..another gem of a place that I had not heard of. I did a google search for this temple after reading your post. Looks like its almost 2.5 hrs drive from Shivamogga where I have been intending to go. Will visit this temple as well when the trip happens

  31. I have never heard of this place till I read your blog. And you say it is 1800 years old? I love how each set of rulers added their additions and improvements to the temple. That Nandi statue must be huge. Hopefully I will get to visit one day.

  32. Megan says:

    Wow! It looks like a beautiful temple to visit. Thanks for sharing about the history and the place. I think visiting during Kadambotsava would be a great way to witness the temple.

  33. Emily says:

    What a beautiful temple, it makes me want to book a flight back to India, and i only got back last week! Really helpful that you put the opening times etc, so many people dont and it means some people could be disappointed!

  34. Looks like a beautiful temple. Great captures Indrani, even we visited Hassan recently and were impressed by architecture. The carvings of this temple are so intricate and beautiful. We are too tempted to visit this place considering that this a 3rd-century temple.

  35. I do hope one day to visit your beautiful country, meanwhile I will continue to enjoy your always interesting blog. Wishing you all the best for 2017, and thanks for your continuing support over the years.

  36. Loved the architecture, I can see the highlights of history. Indian temples provide such beautiful art to see and explore.

  37. The temples are so cool. It’s amazing the temple are so well preserved being so ancient. I would like to see these in person one day.

  38. Christina says:

    I love this post – so well rounded with a great experience, tips, pictures and history. It truly sounds like a lovely place to visit.

  39. This architecture is absolutely impressive! Going there sounds like an amazing experience 🙂 I would love to see it. I hope I will make it this year!

  40. I haven’t heard about Madhukeswara Temple Banavasi earlier. Great to know about a temple from 3rd century and more over that it is well maintained . Thanks for sharing.

  41. esther says:

    OMG!! Every time I read a post about India I get more in love! Unfortunately I still don’t know when I will finally go there :S This Madhukeswara Temple Banavasi is stunning, the architecture, the decorations, the statues… lovely!! Your pics are amazing 🙂 Best travel, E

  42. Sudipto says:

    Temples that make us proud of our history are so awesome. The pictures capture stories of eons ago. Is there a special prasad there?

  43. Sia says:

    Such an interesting place full of history. It seems like every item there holds a special story. The cot has so many details and floral ornaments, it is really impressive. There’s a reason why they keep it locked.

  44. Kristina says:

    Oh wow! The carvings look so intricate and statues are amazingly well preserved. It’s amazing just how many temples there are around India!

  45. Suruchi says:

    Wow. Being in India. I never knew about it. Thanks for introducing us to such an ancient temple. It is going to be in my to do list.

  46. blair villanueva says:

    Soo old but goodie! Oh you are so beyond lucky to visit this place. I truly wish that this could be well preserve and free from human vandalism, and God forbid not be destroyed by an earthquake.

  47. Sanket D. says:

    The Kadamba empire! Heard a lot about this from some friends I met in Belgaum a few years ago, but its still one of those places that is little known. Temples aren’t really on my list on the road, but what do you do when cities are built around them, yes? HA!

  48. George says:

    What a lovely write-up! I’m so happy I stumbled upon this blog post as I plan to visit India this year. Karnataka overall is a beautiful place I’ve heard so I will bookmark your Indian-destination articles and come back for more as I come closer to my departure. Thank you for sharing!

  49. Ana Ojha says:

    Love the architecture of this temple. It’s quite fascinating indeed!

  50. They have really elaborate and magnificent sculptors in this temple! The place looks rich in history and it really intrigues me to visit and see it with my own eyes.

  51. EG III says:

    I can imagine the atmosphere is totally different during one of the festivals in December of February. It would be great to see just how lively it becomes.

  52. This kind of architecture is timeless and we have such rich heritage. Thanks for this share.

  53. Karnataka has unlimited wealth of history and architecture. So much to do, so much to see. Adding this one to my list too.

  54. Corinne says:

    I love a good temple complex. I would love to go here.

  55. Veronica says:

    How could you capture those first photos without any people in them? Is this site not very well known or you were just lucky?
    The architecture is absolutely breathtaking!

  56. Hra says:

    India is such a historical place!! i would love to visit it… Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing with us

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