In August 2015, we were on a full day trip on a weekend in Hassan district. After covering Nuggehalli in morning/afternoon, we had been to Mavinakere post lunch and had planned to wind up the day at some Hoysala temple at Krishnarajapete(K.R. Pete). While getting there, the google maps navigation took us in an optimized route but unfortunately the roads were not in that great condition and by the time we reached K.R. Pete it was already dusk time. We were so unprepared for exploring the place that we didn't have the exact name nor the co-ordinates of the temple on our fingertips. Initially thought that we would be able to manage with a quick enquiry with the locals. Later we figured out that the temple which we are planning to visit is in Hosaholalu which is 2 kms from K.R.Pete.
|Lakshminarayana Temple at Night time|
Hosaholalu was an agrahara built by Hoysalas and was enclosed within a fort during the Vijayanagara rule. The Lakshminarayana temple is a fine example of ornate 3rd generation among Hoysalas temples. Constructed in 13th century, it's a trikuta temple on stellate plan.
On the exterior, the temple stands on a high raised platform with conventional mouldings. The stellate corners of which are provided with sculptures of elephant denoting ashtadiggajas.
|Sculptures on two and half fee high platform. Stellate Corners with Sculptures of Elephants.|
The images carved on the walls are about two and a half feet high. The sculptures of Panduranga, Govardhandhan, Sarasvati, Madhava, Dhanvantari, Dakshinamurti and Mohini are significant amongst the wall sculptures. The friezes and scroll work and the railing panels on the adhishthana are of much interest.
|Carvings of Padmanabha(Gadha, Chakra, Padma, Shanka) and Garuda carrying Lakshmi+narayana|
|Backside of the temple. The multi-tier structure of which is also prominent in Chennakeshava temple, Belur.|
The images revolving around the chaturvimshati(24 names) aspect of Vishnu and other deities are interrupted by double-storeyed chariot-like shrines at west, north, and south of the stellate garbhagriha.
|Shikara of the temple with cloudy backdrop|
The sides and mahanasa of the sukanasa are also well carved. A closed mandapa built of granite blocks towards east which is later addition of 17th century, disturbs the original layout plan of the temple built of soapstone(chloritic schist).
|Dwaja sthambha and Front facade. The additional construction in front spoils the charm of original architecture elements.|
Only the main shrine of Laskshminarayana facing east has a sukanasi, a navaranga and a superstructure. The pillars of the navaranga are lathe-turned and well polished. Dancing female sculptures in different mudras adorn the capitals of these pillars. The other two shrines of Venugopala and Lakshminarasimha which are lateral do not have any special feature. Due to low lighting condition in garbhagriha, I could not capture decent photos apart from the part of the ceiling click from my mobile :)
|Interior Ceilings of Garbhagriha|
|Unlike fully protected ASI temple which closes early at 6 pm, this temple maintained by priests and locals is open till 8 pm.|
|Glimpse of Hosahalalu hamlet around the temple|
- A Complete Guide to Hoysala Temples by Gerad Foekema
- Wikipedia: Charturvimshati Vishnu (24 names of Vishnu)