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Nambinarayana Temple, Tonnur

DISTRICT: Mandya; TALUK: Pandavapura
LOCALITY: Tonnur (Lat. 12° 30' N; Long. 76° 35' E)
APPROACH: AIRPORT: Bengaluru; RAILWAY STATION: Pandavapura; BUS STATION: Pandavapura

Located on the southern slopes of a small hillock locally called Yadugiri, Tonnur was a provincial capital of the Hoysalas. According to traditions, the Vaishnava saint Sri Ramanuja, stayed here for several years. The Nambinarayana temple is assignable to 12th  century AD  of the Hoysala period. The temple has a garbhagriha, a sukanasi, a navaranga and a mukhamandapa. The temple has an austere elevation of an adhisthana of conventional mouldings of pada, dhopadma, a narrow kantha, a knife edged tripattakumuda, a short kantha succeeded by an adho-padma with lenticular decorations. The wall is austere, treated with single pilasters. In the region of garbhagriha at the cardinal directions are double pilaster turreted niches of devakoshthas. The antarala region is marked by a large multi-faceted pilaster. The superstructure is a dvitala Dravida vimana with kutas, sala and panjara in the hara. The short griva is surmounted by a stupi and finial. The prastara is conspicuous by its absence. In the sanctum, the image of Narayana, 1.82 m high standing on a Garuda pedestal under a padma ceiling is a fine specimen of Hoysala workmanship. The navaranga has well polished soapstone pillars with exquisite floral design.