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Akkana Basti, Sravanabelagola

DISTRICT: Hassan;
TALUK: Channarayapatna
LOCALITY: Sravanabelagola (Lat. 12° 51' N; Long. 76° 29' E)
APPROACH: AIRPORT: Bengaluru;
RAILWAY STATION: Hassan;
BUS STATION Sravanabelagola

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The Akkana Basti, is the only temple in typical Hoysala style at Sravanabelagola. It is located in the southeast side on the foot hill of Chandragiri. Built in 1181 AD, the temple was dedicated to Parsvanatha, by Achiyakka, wife of Chandramauli, a minister of the Hoysala king Ballala II. Facing east, the temple is placed within a compound with an entrance on the south. It has a sanctum, an ante-chamber, a hall and a front porch. The plinth of the temple consists of five mouldings. The walls are plain, except for pilasters and stambha panjaras with miniature sikhara motif at the crest. The two-storeyed superstructure with a square roof and a finial is also quite plain. The projection of the eastern face of the tower bears all elaborately carved Tirthankara panels, with yakshas on either side. The kirtimukha at the top has added considerable dignity to this panel. The sanctum has a standing Parsvanatha image with seven-hooded serpent canopy and the seated images of the Yaksha Dharanendra and the Yaksh Padmavati with all their attributes and vehicles adorn the ante-chamber. Both the sanctum and the antechamber have elaborately carved doorways with perforated screen on either side. There are four ornate, bell-shaped pillars in the hall supporting the Ceiling divided into nine elegantly carved compartments. There is a front porch supported by ornate pillars.
The Sidhanatha Basti is located to the south west of Akkana Basti within the prakara wall. Another structure called Dhanasala which served as a library in ancient times also exists on the western side within the protected area.