Monday, October 3, 2011

Monuments of Ikkeri and Keldi

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 .


Team G Square said...

Nice , loved these temples . Thanks for sharing .

Kannada Cuisine said...

Wow...they are so well maintained! nice shots,angles...

Rajesh said...

Beautiful monuments. It was raining heavily when I had been there.

Indrani said...

Totally new to me.
Great pictures.

Bengts fotoblogg said...

Beautiful temples, great shots.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

wonderful pics of little known monuments. Should plan to visit at some future date

P.N. Subramanian said...

I am happy to learn about the archaeological riches scattered in Karnataka. I liked the Aghoreshwar temple immensely. The three statues could have been majestic and I believe they must be lying in some museum backyard. Although I never had the opportunity of travelling in Karnataka, except Bangaluru and Mysore, my younger brother travelled from Mumbai to Kerala in his car and he has brought many nice photographs. I am struggling to establish their identity. Thanks for the superb pictures and about the rulers of the bygone era.