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Sri Vijayanarayana Temple - Gundlupet

DISTRICT: Chamarajanagar; TALUK: Gundlupet
LOCALITY: Gundlupet (Lat. 11° 48' N; Long. 7Go 41' E)
APPROACH: AIRPORT: Bengaluru; RAILWAY STATION: Nanjangud; BUS STATJON: Gundlupet

The temple, dedicated to Narayana (Janardana) and situated within the fort, has been enlarged in stages at different times and is datable to circa 10th  to 15th  century AD. This granite temple has on plan a garbagriha, a sukanasi, a navaranga and a mandapa. The adhisthana in the region of navaranga has the usual mouldings over which rises the wall treated with slender pilasters. The original mukhamandapa appears to have had lateral entrances in the south and north now closed by another pillared ornate mandapa. The temple is known for the decorated ornate mandapa in front with beautiful pillars supporting the bracket figures and warriors on lions. The image (Vijayanarayana) is much smaller than those at Belur and Halebidu.  There is a tradition that this god was also set up by Vishnuvardhana. The images of the paravasudeva temple, now in ruins, are also kept here. The temple also contains figures of anantha, garuda, vishvaksena, hanuman and a number of flowers.