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Kohli Puja Jun 07 2013

Can you tell me which temples should be on my travel plan? And where can I find both Nagara and Dravidian architectural styles?

Manish Kumar Jun 11 2013
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There are various temples that you could visit when in the beautiful state of Karnataka, but the one's to not give a miss are:

Dravidian Architecture 

Virupaksha Temple situated in Hampi, Karnataka has been accorded the great honor of being a UNESCO world heritage site. It projects the greatness of the mighty Vijayanagar Empire. The temple is dedicated to the Virupaksha form of Lord Shiva and his consort, the local goddess Pampa. The best time to visit the Virupaksha temple is February when it is hosting it's world famous annual chariot festival or Rathyatra.  

Vishnu Vittala Temple is k nown for it's stone chariot or Ratha, the Vittala Temple is one of the best example of Dravidian architecture in India. The temple is also in Hampi and dedicated to Vittala, a divine form of Vishnu. The musical pillars which emanate different notes when struck are a unprecedented technical marvel. 


Mahabaleshwar Temple in Gokarna has been one of the long held tourist attractions in Southern India. It is one of the seven holy Muktishetras in India and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. On Shivaratri the beautiful Shiva idol is mounted on the chariot and driven down the main street. Having the beautiful beach in the town also adds to it's charm for the tourists!  

Vesara Architecture 

Chennakeshvara Temple is also known as the Vijayanarayana Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple which is situated in Belur is sculpted out of soapstone and its spectacularly carved pillars are a tourist attraction in itself. This temple is amongst the foremost in the list of temples with a mix of both Nagara and Dravidian styles, better known as the Vesara style.

The Hoysaleshwara temple in Halebidu is also a very good example of the temples built in the vesara style. The temple is attributed to Lord Shiva and is well known for its intricate sculptures which run all along the outer wall of the temple complex. 

Nagara Architecture 

Murdeshwara temple is situated between Honnavar and Bhatkal town. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded by the magnificent Arabian sea on three sides.

Sri Mookambika temple situated in Kollur is different from the rest as it is associated primarily with Goddess Parvati and is considered to be built by Parshuram. It is also known for its varied architectural style. 

So make sure you soak up the beauty of these architectural wonders of Karnataka on your next visit there! 

Snigdha Jain Jun 10 2013
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Hey, you can check the following link for detailed information on Karnataka's temples and possible itineraries - http://10yearitch.com/travel/karnataka-travel-guide/

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