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Gaurisvara Temple - Yelandur

DISTRICT: Chamarajanagar; TALUK: Chamarajanagar
LOCALlTY_: Yelandur (Lat. 12o 00° 'N; Long. 77° 00' E)
APPROACH: AIRPORT: Bengaluru; RAILWAY STATION: Mysore; BUS STATION: Yelandur

The Gaurisvara temple facing east was constructed in 1500 AD by Singedepa Devabhupala, a feudatory of the Vijayanagara dynasty. The temple has a garbhagriha, an ardhamandapa and an open pillared hall with entrances on the north, south and east.  The garbhagriha has a linga installed in it, while the ardhamandapa has images of Vishnu, Shanmukha, Parvati, Mahishamardini, Bhairava, Durga, Virabhadra and Ganapati in ardhamandapa. There are two small shrines with similar plan but less conspicuous. In front of the temple is a mahadwara of the Vijayanagara period, decorated with chains of stone rings at the corners and hence also called Bale Mandapa. This mandapa has a simple adhisthana with mouldings, the walls around are embellished with beautiful reliefs Andhakasuramardana, Bhikshatanamurti, Bhairava, Kaliamardana, Dakshinamurti Siva Narasimha in different forms.