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Channakesva Temple together with adjacent area - Arakere

TALUK: Arasikere
LOCALITY: Arakere (Lat. 13°15' N; Long, 75° 55'E)

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This is a late Hoysala temple built in granite with Kadamba Nagara sikhara and dated to 13th century AD on stylistic grounds. This trikutachala temple, on plan has three garbhagrihas, opening into a common sabhamandapa and a mukhamandapa. These sanctums house representations of Vishnu as Kesava in west, Venugopal in south and Lakshmi-Narasimha in north. In elevation, the temple has an adhisthana with conventional mouldings over which raises the wall. The exterior of the temple wall has crude representations of various aspects of Vishnu in addition to secular sculptures. In between sculptural depictions are inserted slender tall pilasters and single pilaster turrets to break the monotony. The antarala of the western shrine is marked with sukanasa projection.