Madhukeshwara Temple, Karnataka
renowned Madhukeshwara temple is the prime attraction of Banavasi, a quaint
town located on the border of Uttara Kannada and Shimoga districts. Banavasi
was the capital city of the Kadamba kings, the first royal dynasty of
Karnataka who established their empire in 345 AD. The Madhukeshwara temple
stands proudly embodying the architectural grandeur of the Kadamba era.
As dynasties rose
and fell apart with the passage of time, the temple was subjected to additions
and renovations by later dynasties. As such the Madhukeshwara temple came
to be known as an amalgamation of several schools of architecture. The
presiding deity of Madhukeshwara is a honey colored lingam dedicated during
the period of Mayura Varma, the first king of Kadambas.
one strolls around the sprawling temple compound, one stumbles across
a number of structures bearing the hallmark of different architectural
dynasties. The Sankalpa mantapa in front reveals the influence of the
Chalukyan style, while the Nritya mantapa or the dancing hall was added
during the Hoysala period and has exquisite carving on the pillars and
the ceiling. There are also beautifully carved monolithic structures,
credited to Sonda rulers.
Location: Banavasi, Uttar Kannada
How to Reach:
Connected by bus to Sirsi (22 km). The nearest railway station is Karwar
Significance: Presiding deity
is a honey colored lingam.
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