Let me tell you that though I love to travel for leisure, it is my work trips into the rural, semi-urban and sometimes remote parts of India which really have given me some of the best life experiences. Every time, I am on field (due to my work projects) in India, I am mesmerised by the rich heritage and culture of my country.  One of my best work travel experiences have been to South Indian state of Karnataka. In many parts of South India (of which modern Karnataka is one state) the Hoysala empire ruled between 10th and 14th centures, left behind a rich heritage of temples. In present times, the hoysala temple architecture is famous for exquisite detail and skilled craftsmanship.

During my last trip to Karnataka, I came across two superb (but smaller) temples of Hoysala period. I originally though to write about both in one post, beauty of these temples made me write one post each dedicated to the temples.

On the route I took on the road trip, first I visited Kaitabeshvara Temple in Kubatur, Shimoga district (Karnataka, India) first and then after half hour, Kedareshvara Temple in Balligavi was the second temple. Since visiting the first temple, I was mesmerised and now was totally excited to visit my second temple. The Kedareshvara Temple was exquisite and was much different from the first temple.

also located adjacent to the road and has been beautifully conserved by Archeological Survey of India.The Wikipedia has this information on the temple – The temple is in trikuta style (three shrined, each with a superstructure or shikhara with the shrines facing west, north and south. The western shrine has a vestibule where as the other two shrines have a “half hall” (ardhamantapa). All shrines open up to a six-pillared hall called mahamantapa which is preceded by a large ornate open “gathering hall” calledsabhamantapa. The layout of the gathering hall is “staggered square” which has the effect of creating projections and recesses. Each projection of the wall has a complete “architectural articulation” (achieved by repetitive decoration). The gathering hall has entrances from the north, south and eastern directions.

I was particularly impressed by the beautiful Nandi Statue inside the temple; it was not only majestic but had such a divine vibe. I actually kept gazing at the Nandi for a good 2-3 minutes. 

Like the previous Kaitabheshvara temple we visited, we spent around 10 minutes in the temple complex and then it was time again to hit the road

hooked to Hoysala Temple architecture and now my to-travel list includes a temple tour of South India.

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