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Lakshiminarayana Temple, Hosaholalu

DISTRICT: Mandya; TALUK: K.R. Pet
LOCALITY: Hosaholalu (Lat. 12° 38' N; Long. 76° 29' E) APPROACH: AIRPORT: Bengaluru, RAILWAY STATION: Pandavapura: BUS STATION: Hosaholalu

The Hosaholalu village was part of the Ganga and the Chola dominions upto 11th  century A.D. The Hoysalas built an agrahara and enclosed it within a fort which was subsequently renovated, during the Vijayanagara rule.  It was once an agrahara village.

The Lakshminarayana temple is a fine specimen of ornate vesara variety of Hoysalas temples assignable to 13th century AD. Stellate on plan, it is a trikutachala temple. Only the main shrine facing east has a sukanasi, a navaranga and a superstructure. The pillars of the navaranga are lathe-turned and well polished. Dancing female sculptures in different mudras adorn the capitals of these pillars. On the exterior the temple stands on a high raised platform with conventional mouldings, the stellate corners of which are provided with sculptures of elephant denoting ashtadiggajas. The images carved on the walls are about two and a half feet high and are fine specimens of Hoysala workmanship. These images revolving around the chaturvimsati aspect of Vishnu and other deities are interrupted by double-storeyed chariot-like shrines at west, north, and south of the stellate garbhagriha. The sculptures of Panduranga, Govardhandhari, Sarasvati Madhava, Dhanvantari, Dakshinamurti and Mohini are noteworthy amongst the wall sculptures. The friezes and scroll work and the railing panels on the adhisthana are of much interest. The superstructure over the western shrine of four talas have intricately carved hara units with depictions of  various deities. The vimana has a finial at the top. The sides and mahanasa of the sukanasa are also well carved. A closed mandapa built of granite blocks towards east obviously a later addition of 17th century AD, disturbs the original layout plan of the temple built of chlorite schist.