Sagar town in Shimoga District can be an ideal base to visit many a tourist site-Jog falls being prominent on the list. Among the many historic monuments, I could though manage Ikkeri and Keldi. Sagar itself is a beautiful town - a tinge urbane and the idyllic slow pace of a village. This was one place I felt would be ideal to settle down .
Ikkeri is only a few km away from Sagara and the Prominent among the Keldi Nayakas who ruled from Ikkeri is Rani Chennama, who is said to have given shelter to for a long time to Shivaji's son Rajaram
Aghoreshwar Temple Ikkeri
A first look at the mantap, would make believe it to be mausoleum of a Muslim saint, but then here is Nandi - facing Shiva as usual. This explains the influence of the Muslim architecture which was widely adopted by the later Vijayanagar kings and their feudals.
Spectacular carving outside and inside especially in the sanctum sanatorium is a treat to see.
The complex has a couple of smaller shrines and is littered with many ruined sculptures. The best is this one, Beautiful carved sandals is probably an indication to the beauty of the sculptures had it survived. I wonder who could these three scandal represent
On the other side of Sagar, again a few km away is Keldi. The Nayaka ruled from here, before they shifted their capital to Ikkeri.
Rameshwara temple at Keladi- The miniature temples carved on the wall - a style of kalyani chalukyas?
The best thing here is the mythical two headed bird called Gandaberunda in kannada on the ceiling (also forms a part of the official emblem of Karnataka State). What could be the significance of the ferocious bird ?-clutching elephants in its claws and lions in its beak .