Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Temples of HOOLI

On a journey from Savadatti to Ramdurga in Belgaum Dist, we learnt of  Hooli- a village 30 minutes away from Savadatti. We were directed to the grand temple complex of Panchalingeshwara. Recreated and well maintained-With a pillared mantap in the front and five sanctum sanatorium with five shiv linga, hence the name panchalingeswara.  Archaeological Survey of India has done a great job in restoring this temple. Now we learn of 100 temples of Hooli.

Off we go bare footed in the by lanes of the village, We come across a little structure in complete ruins, with cattle grazing.





A Little distance, and we are greeted by the awesome site many a temples scattered around on the hillock across this stream.


                                                                                                 

Unmindful of the thorns and growing excitement, we went on exploring the exquisite architecture.







Beautifully carved doorways, Pillared entrances to the inner sanctum



                                                                                                                                       


All these temples we were told were shaivates and each one had its own well. We could see many in the vicinity. How I wish I could explore all the hundred, I can only quote Robert Frost : Miles to go ......

Researched many a time on the net. Know not who are the architects of these magnificent site. Possibly Chalukya's or Kadamambas?


9 comments:

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the place. I wish they had maintained it well.

Team G Square said...

Thanks for this information . This place was erstwhile chalukyan agrahara . I believe there is a fort built by Shivaji in this palce , any idea .

ruma said...

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Indrani said...

What a great photo opportunity you got. Great shots of the not so known place.

Kannada Cuisine said...

Wow..Hundred temple in one place :) By the looks of it, could it be early Chalukya? reminds very much of Banavasi and Harihari but much less ornate and polised

Babli said...

Very beautiful pictures with nice description. I appreciate for your wonderful post.

P.N. Subramanian said...

Alas! I too could have joined you. I suggest you drop in at the office of the state Archaeological department at Belgaum. They will be in a position to enlihten you (for our benefit!). Very good shots.

ashwin a ram said...

Loved your work :)

Nitin Kulkarni said...

Nice photography :) i'm of hooli..