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Sri Arkesvara Temple - Hale alur

DISTRICT: Chamarajanagar;
TALUK: Chamarajanagar
LOCALITY: Hale Alur (Lat. 110 58' N; Long. 770 00' E)
APPROACH: AIRPORT: Bengaluru;
RAILWAY STATION: Chamarajanagar;
BUS STATION: Chamarajanagar

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The temple was built by Butuga II (939-960 AD) of the Ganga dynasty as a fitting finale to his victory at the Takkolam battle. The temple has on plan a garbhagriha, a sukanasi, a navaranga and a detailed nandimandapa facing east. The adhisthana is simple. The austere entrance door has a solitary sakha of creeper scroll in the circles of which are dancing apsaras at the doorjambs and lintel. On either side of the doorway are inserted two vertical panels horizontally divided into four friezes, each carrying sculptures of drummers. The temple is known for its sculptural depiction on the pillars of the nandi mandapa and navaranga in low relief. The reliefs on the circular pillars of the nandi mandapa depict the subjugation of Chola commander Rajaditya at the hands of Butuga II who fought for the Rashtrakutas under the ruler Krishna III.