Rameshvara Temple, Narasamangala

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Rameshvara Temple
Hindu temple
View of Rameshvara temple (9th century A.D.)
View of Rameshvara temple (9th century A.D.)
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Chamarajanagar District
Languages
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

The Rameshvara Temple (also spelt Rameshwara or Ramesvara) is located in the town of Narasamangala of Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka state, India. The temple was constructed during the 9th century rule of the Western Ganga Dynasty of Talakad.[1]

Temple plan[edit]

The temple plan is simple, yet it has a unique superstructure (tower or shikara) that is made of brick and stucco. The vimana (shrine with tower) is eleven meters tall and stands on a platform of moldings (called adhishthana) that is two meters high.[1] It has a sanctum (garbhagriha), a narrow closed hall (ardhamantapa or just inner mantapa), a large closed hall (mahamantapa).[1] The architecture is fundamentally dravidian in style. Some of the remarkable sculptures in the temple include that of Nataraj (a form of the Hindu god Shiva), saptamatrikas (the seven Hindu goddesses) and the Ganga king seated in state with his queen by his side.[1]

The temple received patronage from the later day Hoysala Empire kings as well. This is attested to by the two Kannada language inscriptions tablets (1291-1343 A.D) on the site that describes grants made by King Veera Ballala III to the local deity Ramanathadeva of Narasamangala.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Ramesvara temple". Archaeological Survey of India, Bengaluru Circle. Archaeological Survey of India. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 

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References[edit]

  • "Ramesvara temple". Archaeological Survey of India, Bengaluru Circle. Archaeological Survey of India. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 

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