The origin of the Hoysalas is a matter of much interesting speculation and controversy. Like their distinguished contemporaries, the Seunas, the Hoysalas too claim their descent from Yadu (Lunar Dynasty) and call themselves the Yadavas. The conventional titles like, "Yadavanarayana", "Yadavakutambrad-yumani" and "Dvaravatipura-varadhisvara" are common to both the Seunas and the Hoysalas. These details are compiled from internet and by various sources by the Blogger over the years.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Panchalingeswara Temple (1250 A.D), Govindanahalli, Krishnarajapete Taluk, Mandya District.

Belongs to the Mandya District and is situated near Kikkeri, near the border of Hassan District. This village harbors a Hoysala style Sivalaya. There is one long Navaranga in common to the five sanctuaries arranged one beside the other here. In the outer ring wall of this simple - looking temple the 24 Vishnu Caturvimsati forms on the eastern side and various forms of deities on the other sides have been accommodated. For the sake of entry there are two doors on the east with their respective Mukha Mantapas. At each of these entrances there are the images of two doorkeepers made by the sculptor Mallitamma. Nandi image is also installed in the portico.

In the five sanctums are installed 5 oblong sivalingas representing the quintuple facets of Iswara Viz Sadyojatha, Vaamadeva, Aghora, Tatpurusha, and Eshana. Every sanctum has a separate sikahara of its own.

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