Monday, June 20, 2011

Exploring Keladi & Ikkeri

Keladi and Ikkeri are the two historically important locations in Shimoga district (State: Karnataka). They are at a distance of 70 to 80 kms from Shimoga. Both Keladi and Ikkeri were once the places where kings ruled large areas in the ancient times for many centuries. It is hard to imagine this as they are today small villages.

Since 1500 AD, Keladi has been ruled by several dynasties across centuries. Keladi was the birthplace of Keladi Dynasty and at a later point the capital was shifted to Ikkeri, just a few kilometers away, which remained their capital for more than a century.Rameshwara Temple of Keladi built in Dravidian style around 1500 AD. The temple has excellent craftsmanship.

Aghoreshwara Temple, the magnificent temple of Ikkeri is a Shiva Temple.

Due to heavy rains, I was able to spend very less time here and click only few shots. There was rain water everywhere. We shall still explore these unexplored places or little known places a bit more in detail very soon.

44 comments:

Al said...

This looks different from the other temples you've posted about, but still incredible.

Babli said...

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V Rakesh said...

Wow! These pictures are amazing indeed! Karnataka has some wonderful temples!

Zuzana said...

I love history and I love visiting historical cities sand sites. So much is locked into each stone on these grand ancient buildings.
Marvelous images - sorry about the rain.;))
xoxo

Jenny Woolf said...

It's always strange to visit places that used to be huge and have now declined. I look forward to reading more.

anandhirajan said...

Hi this is my first visit I found it veary interesting. I am adding your blog in my farourite blog
anandhirajan
http://nishaslifestyle.blogspot.com

joo said...

Fascinating place!

Jeevan said...

Great knowing about these places Rajesh! That fact sounds wonder.

Team G Square said...

Nice temples , amazing architecture . Thanks for sharing

Sylvia K said...

Ah, I do understand about rain and wet!! We've had so much of that kind of weather this year!! You got some great shots though and it does look like a beautiful temple! Hope you have a wonderful week, Rajesh!

Sylvia

ladyfi said...

Simply magnificent!

Stranger said...

Interesting as always

Spiderdama said...

A very wonderful temple and great details.
Hope you have a happy week!

Carver said...

A very beautiful and interesting place to explore.

Gary said...

I just can't get over the carvings!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful, Rajesh. I like the elephants at the door. Too bad about the rain.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

sharplittlepencil said...

You describe your efforts as "a small attempt," but for those of us in the States, who never see much of anything more than 300 years old, your blog remains a treasure trove of loveliness and mind travel. Thank you, my friend, and peace,
Amy
http://sharplittlepencil.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/renatas-scarves/

जाट देवता (संदीप पवाँर) said...

सुंदर फ़ोटो

magiceye said...

hidden gems!

Martha Z said...

Your country has a rich cultural heritage, thanks for sharing it with us.

Krishna said...

interesting facts

kavita said...

The rich and diverse culture of our country never ceases to amaze me .

Pietro said...

Wonderful Temples in such attractive environments.

Life Ramblings said...

a beautiful temple to explore. too bad about the rain though.

NatureFootstep said...

great place.

Indrani said...

Not so well known, yet so grand.
Great post.

anemonen said...

Lovely Tempels and it looks like a amazing country too.

alicesg said...

Nice photo of the temple despite the rain. Always love those beautiful craftworks by the talented craftsmen.

Jingle said...

excellent.
love to learn about your culture.

mrsnesbitt said...

Indeed wonderful!

Roger Owen Green said...

impressive as always/
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Tes said...

Lovely photos! beautiful place to explore! :)

2sweetnsaxy said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing these. :-)

Life Moto said...

nice to explore your travel blog.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

At first, I thought the water was surrounding the temple on purpose--sort of like a moat. Then I read your description!

IT DOESN’T TAKE AN OCEAN

It doesn’t take an ocean
Or a mighty sea,
A simple little raindrop
Is enough for me!

I also like the jewels
Scattered in the grass
After summer thunderstorms
Soak the earth and pass.

And then there’s perspiration
Clinging to a nose—
A sign of honest labor,
Or so I suppose!

Wonderful, most wonderful,
Are the seven seas,
But give me downy snowflakes
Clinging to the trees!


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Papaoneone Beach

clairz said...

I know so little about your country and its history, but I learn more every time I visit your blog. Thank you.

I would love to see photos of people, too.

Joy said...

It is strange how centres decline and others grow. I guess it makes the temple location very peaceful. As you listened to the rain:-)

Kim, USA said...

It's amazing to see many different kind of temple in your country Rajesh. Thanks for sharing!

ABC Wednesday

chubskulit said...

Rainwater is very good for plants. Lovely photos.

Would love you to peek at my ABC. You are welcome to come by anytime, have a nice day!

Míriam Luiza said...

Visitar seu blog é conhecer um pouco mais da história da Ìndia, e ver lindas fotos!

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this. We shall explore them more.

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Hi Rajesh, Been to Keladi and Ikkeri recently, bad luck to you, I could get some good shots, am seeing your posts. All the best!

lily said...

sawasdee ka!!
I come to visit naka...

Indiana Amrita said...

Beautiful.... Amazing heritage India possesses... :)
Thanks for sharing :)

Love,
Indie :)