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Amruteshvara Temple


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Amruteshvara Temple Overview

Ranked 7 of 64 sightseeing in Chikmagalur

Amruteshvara Temple, is located in Amruthapura town, 67 km north of Chikmagalur. The shrine was built under the reigns of Hoysala King, Veera Ballala II, in 1196. It is named after its chief architect, Amrutheshwara Dandanayaka.

During the expansion of the Hoysala regime in 11th and 12th centuries, many towns were created and each of these had a separate temple. The ancient testament enveloped between palm and coconut farms is a fine illustration of Hoysala artwork. Amruteshvara Temple comprises a wide open mantapa (hall), a vimana (shrine) of ekakuta design and a closed mantapa connecting it with an open hall.

Open mantapa consists of 29 bays and the closed mantapa, encompasses 9 bays with a porch. This side porch connects it with another separate shrine on the south side of the temple. Superstructure of the square shaped shrine is carved with sculptures of Kirthimukhas (demon faces). A large stone inscription lying along the side the porch is an example of medieval Kannada poetry.

One of the highlights of the temple is rows of shining lathe turned pillars supporting the ceiling of the mantapa. The inner ceiling of the mantapa is carved with floral designs. Besides, the open mantapa has 140 panels depicting Hindu mythological characters. South side of the wall is carved with scenes from the 'Ramayana' in an unusual anti-clockwise way, whereas the north side depicts life of Lord Krishna and scenes from Mahabharata in a clockwise manner.

Located in close vicinity of the Bhadra River dam, the temple can be approached by road. Besides, tourists can also reach Tarikere town and thereafter, proceed to  Amruthapura.

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Amruteshvara Temple

Snehal Raibole
23rd Jan 17

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Monday - Friday:
7:00 AM -8:00 PM
7:00 AM -8:00 PM
7:00 AM -8:00 PM
Public Holidays:
7:00 AM -8:00 PM

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Akarsh Sudheer4.3/5

1 review

Temple timings

I enquired regarding the timings with the temple in-charge, the temple is open from 6am - 6pm everyday. A beautiful place to visit, the calmness in the temple is the best feel you get. A well maintained greenery around the temple makes it even more beautiful.

Sunil Chaurasia5.0/5

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Skilled Ancestors-HOYSALA

I was here with my friends on 11 March, 2017.The Amruteshvara temple is located in the village of Amruthapura, 67 km north of Chikmagalur town of the Karnataka state, India. The Temple was built in 1196 C. E. By Amrutheshwara Dandanayaka under Hoysala King Veera Ballala II.Temples!!! ,,, Whats special here?This temple is 820 years old, Built following the Hoysala architecture.You will be speechless seeing the intricate carvings on rocks. Every minute details with mastery.Here walls are history itself with carvings related to Mahabharata and Ramayana.Also has open Mantapa and Vimana.Mantapa is an open hall and here the Carved pillars are spell-bound. Old still so great.Have a look at the Ceiling also, special patterns depicting Hindu Mythology are carved.Unfortunately, when I reached the temple was closed.Also, the garden is well maintained, and the cleanliness is superb.Coming to the outer carvings, you won't find a space which is empty.Carvings of Raath, deity and related to Hindu Mythology.Nice, old temple, not so much crowded. You can keep exploring it without being bothered by aggressive guides or people around. There is simple yet hygienic free lunch served in the afternoon.Most important, Photography is allowed here. :-)Note:- When you in South India, Never miss Temples (Doesn't matters it is small or big; its all about architechture).

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Very nice place

This is very nice place and well maintained. This temple remains open from 6 A.M to 6 P.M. This place is close to Shimoga or Bhadravati. You can go to Tarikere and from there take deviation to visit this place. Must visit place

Nishitha K n5.0/5

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One of the famous temple

Amruteshvara Temple is very old and famous temple of chcickmagalur. This temple has very beautiful surrounding.But this place is very far from chickmagalur. Had a very good time with family at this place. Must visit place in chickmagalur

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