Sunday, August 3, 2014

Lakshmi Devi Temple, Doddagaddavalli

On our Hoysala trail we visited an offbeat small village Doddagaddavalli. This village is known for Lakshmi Devi Temple a 12th century temple. This magnificent temple is lesser known when compared to the more prominent temples at Belur and Halebidu



This temple was commissioned on the side of a large pond by Kallahana Rahuta, a high officer in the Hoysala court and his wife Sahaja Devi. It is built using soapstone. Like other Hoysala temple, this temple does not stand on a platform. This is one of the earliest Hoysala style temples. The main shrines are located within a high walled compound. At the four corners of the walls are four smaller shrines.



The main temple is located at the center of the compound. In fact this temple has four shrines facing each other and sharing the common hall within the temple. The shrines contain deities, Lakshmi, Siva, Vishnu and Kali. The two entrances to the temple are located in this oblong hall.



The ceiling of the central hall are beautifully carved. At the eight cardinal quarters of the ceilings are carved with the guardian deities of the respective directions. 



The east facing entrance has two beautifully carved Dwarapalakas on either side. 

44 comments:

eileeninmd said...

A beautiful temple, Rajesh! The carving are just amazing.. Have a happy week!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful carvings, so ornate and so many details.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Delightful photos.

Krishna/കൃഷ്ണ said...

Wow! Great photos of temple

thanks

Muza-chan said...

Amazing...

R Niranjan Das said...

Looks beautiful. Nice to know about this temple.

Rajlakshmi said...

I loved the carvings ... so exquisitely done.

Jeevan said...

Beautiful compositions on the temple! Awesome finishing on the temple towers

Sharon Wagner said...

The carvings are so ornate. Amazing.

Shirley said...

It looks so exotic and such incredible detail in the intricate carving. Terrific photos!

ladyfi said...

What lovely carvings!

Fun60 said...

Another wonderful temple.

Photo Cache said...

I like the design of this temple.

Carver said...

The temple is very beautiful.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is a very unique and beautiful temple!

http://joshidaniel.com/ said...

very nice :)

Leslie: said...

So many temples - such great architecture! Lots of Ds in the village's name this week!

Leslie
abcw team

Anita said...

Great as usual, Rajesh :)

ellen b. said...

So interesting...

Roger Owen Green said...

I'm jealous. lovely.
ROG, ABCW

Reader Wil said...

You always treat us to the most fantastic and beautiful buildings!
Thanks!
Wil, ABCW Team.

Christian Weiß said...

A great place.

Jane Hards Photography said...

Blogging introduces us to places we never knew existed, like this. So interesting

Al said...

That looks like a smaller temple, but no less beautiful.

K V V S MURTHY said...

Gopurams looked like Odisha architecture.

lorik said...

I always enjoying see your pics of indian architecture and sculpture:)

Vidhya V Rao said...

Beautiful architecture. Amazing pics.

RIZALENIO said...

Wonderfully carved iconic temple once again! :)

Kiran Acharya said...

Beautiful temple.

Trubes said...

Wonderful photography, such detail too.
India is such a diverse place I would love to visit but have to make do instead, by watching a TV Cookery programme covering different regions and presenting their specialised cookery from the most simple to the most intricate. This way I have been learning about the food from various regions and also a conducted tour through the Cities and towns to the tiniest villages.
Some wonderful food.
Not forgetting the wonderful architecture.

best wishes Di.

Maria Gagliano said...

Amazing place to visit and photograph. Maria’s Space

Tanya Breese said...

amazing!!

ruchi2312 said...

Amazing :-) as I choose D for Divine today!loved your beautiful clicks.Good Wishes.

fredamans said...

I'm amazed at the intricate and beautiful details.

Lmkazmierczak said...

Don't know much about soapstone, but it sure makes for beautiful and lasting structures♪

Joy said...

Looks lovely with the sun on it in your first photo and its low height makes it look so different than other temples you have shown in the past. Beautiful carvings.

retriever said...

Great temples,lovely carvings!Wonderfull fotos.

Maya Harrison said...

I would love to visit India someday. It is beautiful and full of culture. Thank you for posting. Great pictures!

Pawan Bahuguna said...

Very good buddy. Love the pics.

Regards,
Pawan Bahuguna

Abhijit Ray said...

Beautiful photography of temple.

Yogi Saraswat said...

This is a very unique and beautiful temple

Sweta Biswal said...

exquisitely beautiful !!

thetalesofatraveler.com said...

This temple looks so beautiful ... we missed this one on our visit to Belur ...

Lancelot Quadras said...

What an artistic creation.
Awesome captures.
I envy how you travel so much.. I barely get to do that.