Amruteshvara Temple at Amruthapura

The Amruteshvara temple is located in Amruthapura, a town which is 67 km north of Chikmagalur, 110 km from Hassan and 35 km from Shimoga on NH 206

The Amruteshvara temple is located in Amruthapura, a town which is 67 km north of Chikmagalur, 110 km from Hassan and 35 km from Shimoga on NH 206.

Located close to the Bhadra River reservoir near Tarikere town on the NH206, Amruteshvara temple is set in an idyllic spot surrounded by palm coconut palm groves.

Amrutheshwara Dandanayaka a commandor under Hoysala King Veera Ballala II built this temple in 1196 CE.

The main highlight is the open mantapa (hall) with gleaming shining lathe turned pillars ,that looks very similar to the mantapa of Veera Narayana Temple, Belavadi. The tower has great resemblance with the Aghoreshwara temple of Ikkeri , though the later one is less ornate and also later period.

Over 140 panels 70 on each sides, located along the parapet wall outside depicts the story of Ramayana. On the south side the story proceeds counterclockwise in the south side panels- a deviation from the norms - while on the north side the the episodes are in the clockwise fashion, the typical Hoysala style. 25 panels depict the life of Lord Krishna while the rest of 45 panels depict episodes from Mahabharata.

 

 

Amruteshvara Temple-Porch

Porch of Amruteshvara Temple at Amruthapura

Amruteshvara Temple-tower

Tower over the main shrine of Amruteshvara Temple at Amruthapura

AmruteshvaraTemple

AmruteshvaraTemple

Amruteshvara Temple-enviorns

Amruteshvara Temple environs. Also seen is the outer wall of the temple compound

Amruteshvara Temple-Outerwall

Outer Wall

Amruteshvara Temple-Open-hall

Open Hall with lathe turned pillars

Wall relief sculpture

Wall relief sculpture at Amrutesvara temple

Amruteshvara Temple Panels

Ramayana episodes on the outer panel

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