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Nagesvara and Chennakesava Temple, Mosale

DISTRICT: Hassan; TALUK: Hassan
LOCALITY: Mosale (Lat. 12° 50' N; Long. 76° O5' E)
APPROACH: AIRPORT: Bengaluru; RAILWAY STATION: Hassan; BUS STATION: Mosale

The Nagesvara and Channakesava temples, dedicated to Siva and Vishnu are built shoulder to shoulder in east-west orientation are datable to circa 12th century AD on stylistic grounds. They are identical to each other in having a garbhagriha, a sukanasi, a four-pillared navaranga and an entrance porch. Both the temples inside the navaranga have devakoshthas, two each in the north, south and west walls. In elevation the stellate adhisthana of the temple common to both have the usual mouldings. The walls of the prominent offsets have either standing or seated images of various deities under the pilaster turret crowned by kirtimukha torana and minor deities. In addition, the corner offsets have slender pilaster¬. The sculptural depictions illustrate Saiva, Shakta and Vaishnava iconography. The images at Nagesvara temple have their names on the pedestals such as Natha, Sridevi, Lakshmidevi, Gauri, Mahesvari, Brahma, Sadasivamurti, chitradhara and bhumidevi. The Channakesava temple bear sculptures of Garuda, Kesava,Sankarshana, Janardana, Venugopala, Aniruddha, Madhava in addition to Bhudevi, Sridevi and chamaradharini sculptures. In both the temples, the usual eave is crowned by cornice with sculptured dentil decoration and in the region of garbhagriha it is a tritala arpita vesara vimana with the composite units of shala and panjara, kuta and panjara in each tala. The gable top of sukhanasa is crowned by the royal emblem of sala slaying the tiger and the mahanasa of Nageswara has Tandaveshwara under kirtimukha torana. The mahanasa of Channakeshava temple has a relief of Vishnu.