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Lakshminarayana Temple, Sindhaghatta

LOCALITY: Sindhaghatta (Lat. 12° 42' N; Long. 76° 27' E)

Sindhaghatta forming part of Kaveri basin was ruled by the Gangas and succeeded respectively by the Cholas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara and the Mysore Wodeyars. The temple of Lakshminarayana built upon a raised jagati is assignable to 12th  century AD non ornate variety of Hoysala style of architecture. The extent portion on plan has a square garbhagriha, asukanasi, a pillared navaranga and a pillared mandapa. The adhisthana mouldings are derived into friezes uncarved in the region of garbhagriha. The bhitti is veryaustere. The kapota is marked with offsets over which less conspicuous eave with kudu arches support an ekatala stepped pyramidal Dravida sikhara in the region of sanctum. The tala is composed of karnakutas at corners and a large sala intervened by panjara motif. A prominent griva supports a kuta stupi with finial at top. The kuta stupi sculptured with kirtimukha decoration at corners. Entrance steps to jagati are flanked by minlature shrines, the superstructures of which are lost. The pillared porch in front is provided with kakshasana on either side of the steps. The Lakshminarayana image in the garbhagriha is a fine piece of Hoysala workmanship. The complex is enclosed by a dilapidated prakara with an entrance mandapa on the east.