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DISTRICT: Tumkur; TALUK: Tiptur
LOCALITY: Aralaguppe (Lat. 13° 14' N; Long. 76° 38' E)
APPROACH: AIRPORT: Bengaluru; RAILWAY STATION: Banasandra; BUS STATION: Tiptur
BRIEF HISTORY: Aralaguppe was part of Gangavadi-96000 province and was under the direct control of the Gangas of Talkad from the time of Rachamalla II (A.D. 870-907) which later came under the Hoysala rule. The Channakeshava temple is a typical example of the eka-kuta order of Hoysala style of architecture. Built on a raised stellate jagati the temple comprises a garbhagriha, a sukanasi and a navaranga with an entrance porch. A separate shrine is built in the seventeenth century to worship the image of Narasimha which forms part and parcel of the frieze decoration on the southern exterior of the main temple. The adhishthana consists of fine friezes of elephants, other animals and puranic scenes while the wall is treated with sculptures of Vishnu in twentyfour forms flanked by Sri and Bhudevi, Yaksha and Yakshi sculptures, and other secular sculptures, all under patralata torana. Interestingly, many of these Vaishnava images bear names of sculptors. The garbhagriha has a beautiful chatustala Vesara sikhara with miniature turrets repeated similar to Bhumija style of nagara sikhara and with an inconspicuous griva and stupi.