Famous Temples Of Karnataka,India

Karnataka has innumerable sites in the Temple Map of India, with its some of its still surviving monuments going back to the 7th century AD. The Badami Chalukyas were the builders of rock cut caves and ancient temple complexes.At Pattadakal, there are Temples in the Dravidian style along with Temples in styles that were later adopted in Eastern and Central India. The sculptural quality in these temples is outstanding. The subordinate rulers of the Chalukyas were the Gangas and the Kadambas.The colossal monolithic statue of Gomateswara was built by the Gangas in the 10th century AD. The Badami Chalukyas were succeeded by the Rashtrakutas and the Kalyani Chalukyas.In Southern Karnataka, the Hoysalas reigned supreme. The Hoysalas were great builders and they built great temples at Halebidu, Belur and Somanathapura. The Hoysalas built temples on raised complex star shaped platforms. This star shaped plan is carried all the way from the platform to the shikhara. Horizontal bands of sculptural motifs and monolithic pillars adorn these temples. There is a profusion of sculptural work in the Hoysala style of temple building.
Next, the Vijayanagar Empire marks the period of great Temple building activity in Karnataka and these temples are characterized by the building of pillared mandapas and lofty entrance towers. The Vijayanagar Empire was destroyed by the Deccan Sultanates in the 16th century and the ruins can be seen at Hampi. The Mysore Maharajas (Wodeyars) who ruled from around 1400 AD through the British period, with the brief lapse during Tipu Sultans rule, have also made contributions to temples in this State. The temples of the coastal region are markedly different in architectural styles and they resemble the Keralite temples to a larger extent.

Balakrishna Temple at Udupi near Mangalore(Karnataka)
Deities: Krishna

This is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in Karnataka and is associated with Madhwacharya the religious leader and the pioneer of the Dvaita philosophy. This is a small temple and the beautiful image of Krishna is viewed through a grating called the Navagraha window. Also in Udupi are the Chandramowliswara and Ananteshwara Temples.


Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple at Bangalore(Karnataka)
Deities: Gangadareshwara(Shiva)

This cave temple dedicated to Shiva in Bangalore is a well visited one. The temple yard here contains several monolithic sculptures.On Makara Shankaranti each year, the suns' rays pass through the horns of the Nandi and illuminates the deity.


Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebidu near Hassan(Karnataka)
Deities: Hoysaleswara (Shiva)

Halebidu was the original capital of the Hoysala kingdom. The Hoysaleswara temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 12th century. This can be described as the most beautiful of the Hoysala Temples. Thousands and thousands of figures adorn the walls.This temple is indeed a masterpiece in design and it attracts visitors from around the world. The Kedareswara temple in Halebidu now in a dilapidated state is a masterpiece of creation. Three ornate Jain Temples also adorn Halebidu.

Kesava Temple at Somnathapura near Mysore(Karnataka)
Deities: Kesava (Vishnu)

This temple dating back to the 13th century is a masterpeice of Hoysala genius. It is a grand structure of great beauty, perfect symmetry and contains a wealth of sculpture. It attracts visitors from around the world.

Mahadeva Temple at Itgi near Raichur(Karnataka)
Deities: Mahadeva (Shiva)

This temple dedicated to Shiva is considered to be one of the best Chalukyan Temples. It is splendidly decorated. The richly carved pillars, beautiful inner hall, and the shikhara are its highlights.

Markandeshwara Temple at Kallur near Raichur(Karnataka)
Deities: Markandeshwara (Shiva)

Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagar Empire is said to have worshipped at the six temples in this town with his family. The Markandeshwara is the oldest with beautifully carved, polished pillars.

Nandi Temples at Nandi Hills near Bangalore(Karnataka)
Deities: Bhoganandiswara, Yoganandiswara (Shiva)

The Bhoganandiswara temple at the foothills of Nandi Hills goes back to the period of the Banas, Cholas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagar Kings.. Bhoganandiswara, Umamaheswara and Arunachaleswara are enshrined here. The kalyanamandapa is of great beauty here.The Yoganandiswara temple atop the hill goes back to the Chola period. It received extensive patronage from the Vijayanagar Kings. The pillars and metalwork deserve special mention.


Navalinga Temples at Kuknur near Hospet(Karnataka)
Deities: Shiva

This temple enshrines nine lingams in nine temples, with elegantly carved pillars and it dates back to the Rashtrakuta times. Kuknur is located near Yelbarga in Raichur District.


Omkareshwara Temple at Madikeri(Karnataka)
Deities: Omkareshwara (Shiva)

This temple deidcated to Shiva was built in the 19th century in a mix of Gothic and Islamic styles. It is built around a central pool. Mercara is situated in the beautiful Kodagu district in the Western Ghats.


Vidyashankara Temple at Sringeri near Mangalore(Karnataka)
Deities: Vidyashankara

This temple combines the Hoysala and Dravida features. Twelve pillars in this temple mark the 12 zodiac signs, and the sun's rays fall on each of them in the order of the solar months. This temple dates back to the 14th century to the founding days of the Vijayanagar Kingdom. Sringeri is a grand seat of the Sankaracharya order established by the religious leader Adi Sankara.


Vithala Temple at Hampi near Hospet(Karnataka)
Deities: Vithala

This is one of the most ornate Vijayanagar Temples and was built over a period of time. This temple is known for extensive sculptural work. The ornate pillars deserve mention.

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Famous Temples Of Karnataka:Bangalore-Mysore-Hampi-Badami

The State of Karnataka is known for its abundance of tourist attractions and temples.There is a radiance of peace and tranquility that encompasses the temples. Temple complex highlights the rock-cut temples and ancient shrines in Karnataka. These famous Hindu temples have sustained through the adversity of time. Temples of Karnataka represents the typical Dravidian style of architecture. Pilgrimage centers such as Mookambika and Udupi nestling on the western ghats showcases the ruins of the once grand Vijayanagar edifices at Hampi. The Hoysala temples marked with a prodigality of complex sculpture, the Ancient Temples built by the Cholas and the Chalukyan Temples attracts thousands of devotees across the globe.
Temples In Mysore
Biligiri Ranganna Temple Mysore:
Chamundi Hill Temple Mysore
Keshava Temple Somnathpur
Mallikarjuna Temple
Temples In Bangalore
Bull Temple Bangalore
Gavi Gangadeshwara Temple Bangalore
ISKCON Temple Bangalore
Temple on Nandi Hill
Temples In Hampi
Hazara Rama Temple Hampi
Virupaksha Temple Pattadakal(Pampapathi temple Hampi)
Vithala Temple Hampi
Temples In Badami
Cave Temples Badami
Mahakuta Temple Badami
Channakeshava Temple Belur
Devi Mookambika Temple Mangalore
Hidimbeshwar Temple Chitradurga
Hoysaleshwar Temple Halebid
Sri Durga Temple Aihole

Sri Mahaprasad

MAHAPRASAD is the main offering of rice in
Jagannath Temple.
In most temples of India, devotees may take "PRASAD", holy food that has been offered to the deities. But only here in Jagannath Puri is this blessed food called "MAHAPRASAD''. "MAHA" has two meanings here. First, it means great. Lord Jagannath is described as MAHA BAHU, the Lord with the great arms. MAHA PRABHU. So this word MAHAPRASAD itself gives us the impression of something great.


The second meaning of MAHAPRASAD is MA-PRASAD". for the main thali must be taken to Mother Bimalas temple and returned and mixed in all the other pots offered before it is considered fit to be "eaten" by Lord Jagannath. Only then can it be distributed to all, without distinction of caste or creed.
Only MAHAPRASAD can be eaten by all together, whatever the religion or race, even on the same banana leaf. Daily 5,000 may be fed. but on big festival days, one to ten million. The temple kitchen of Lord Jagannath is considered to be the biggest hotel in the world, serving all without reservation or previous notice.
the taste of MAHAPRASAD cannot be duplicated outside the temple. It is also the direct experience of devotees inside that when cooks carry the BHOG from the kitchen to the temple, it has no VASANA, no fragrance, no sweet aroma. But after offering, when they carry it from the temple to ANANDA BAZAAR for sale, it smells divinely sweet. In the process of puja, it is blessed by all the gods and goddesses, and by Lord Jagannath Himself. At the time of food offering, only the three priests doing the puja are allowed to be inside. It is felt Lord Jagannath is actually "taking His food" at this time.


In the 1800"s one British Collector of Puri by the name of Armstrong questioned a worshipper about this. He gave 108 Magajaj Ladus to oiler in the temple. The sevaka returned later, but all' 108 were still there. So the British collector doubted Lord Jagan-nath even more. The worshipper suggested that the weight of] the offering be taken next time. When it was returned, the weight was 4 or 5 kg. less, and Armstrong became a great believer after-wards.Actually MAHAPRASAD is cooked by no one but Mother Lakshmi Herself; all are felt to be Her servants.As she is not attentive to the cooking on the days when Lord Jagannath is said to be sick before RATH YATRA, the food is less tasty. During RATH YATRA, when Lord Jagannath is in another temple, called GUNDICHA TEMPLE, she is said to have no mind to cook and the food is totally tasteless.The kitchen fire is called VAISHNAVA AGNI, because it is the fire in the kitchen of Lord Jagannath, and used to serve Vishnu Himself. If is never put out. Charcoals are kept burning day and night by one worshipper, called AKHANDA MEKAPA. It is considered to be a great blessing to be a worshipper of Lord Jagannath in the temple. When one dies, the relatives take fire from the! temple kitchen itself to bum the body in the cremation ground. He is considered a member of the Lord's immediate family.MAHAPRASAD is a intimate part of the day to day life of the worshipper community. It is taken and distributed at the time a child is born. at every holy ceremony throughout his life, and at the time of death.
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