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Temples and Inscriptions, Udri

DISTRICT: Shimoga; TALUK: Soraba  
LOCALITY: Udri (Lat. 15o 48’ N; Long. 74o 50’ E)

Udri was originally ruled by the Chutus and the Satavahanas. The Kadambas founded the first Kannada kingdom annexing this area with their capital at Banavasi or Vaijayanti. Udri referred to as Uddhura, Uddare and Uddharapura in inscriptions was a principal place of the rulers of  Jiddulingenad which was one of the territorial divisions under the Banavasi kingdom during the time of Hoysala Vira Ballala in the 12th century AD. This Shiva temple datable to circa 12th century AD consists of a garbhagriha, a sukanasi and navaranga (mahamandapa). There are two niches on either side of the sukansi doorway.  The right niche has a figure of Shanmukha while the left one is empty. By the side of the left niche in the navaranga there is a lotus bearing Yakshi sculpture. The sanctum has a sculpture of Ganesha. In the sukanasi the panel of Saptamatrika is found. The lintel of sukanasi has a seated Jaina sculpture which makes this temple originally belonging to Jaina faith. The pillars in the navaranga are beautifully executed. In the village there are several inscriptions , hero stones and sati-stones bearing inscriptions of 9th-12th centuries AD which refer to sallekhana undertaken by Jaina ascetics and monks.