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Trimurthinarayana Temple, Bandalike

DISTRICT: Shimoga; TALUK: Shikaripur
LOCALITY: Bandalike (Lat. 14° 45' N; Long. 75° 28' E)
APPROACH: AIRPORT: Bengaluru; RAILWAY STATION: Shimoga; BUS STATION: Shiralakoppa

Bandalike or Bandanike of the inscriptions, was an important town of Nagarakhanda-70 of the Kadamba kings. It was a well known centre of Kalamukha sect. The importance of the place is well attested by the lithic records of the Rashtrakutas (circa 7th- 8th century AD), later Chalukyas (circa 11th -12th  century AD), Kalachuris, Hoysalas (circa 12th  century AD), Seunas (circa 13th  century AD) and Vijayanagara (circa 15th –16th century AD). It was a prosperous centre in the 11th  and 12th  centuries during the period of the Chalukyas of Kalyana.
Trimurtinarayana , dated to 1160 AD is the largest temple at Bandalike. This is a trikutachala (triple-shrined) temple of the Chalukyan period. The superstructure on the northern and southern cells are intact whereas that on the western one has collapsed, Known for its elegance and symmetry, this temple in east-west orientation has Siva-linga in the western and southern cells while the northern cell has a figure of Vishnu. All the three cells have vestibules with ornamental doorways flanked by niches. The western cell has well sculptured simhalalata at its sukanasi. The elevation of the temple is austere. The wall is relieved by niches surmounted by turrets and slender pilasters. The superstructures over the garbhagrihas has the typical tritala arpita carrying a square sikhara devoid of finials and a prominent sukhanasa projection.