Saturday, October 17, 2015

Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Holalu

Ranganatha Swamy (Anantha Shayana) Temple situated at Holalu village, which is situated 32km from Hovina hadagali and 4km from Mailara. This temple is assignable to the middle of 12th century A.D. in the region of Vijayanagara. The temple facing East and it is Ekakuta temple. The Ranganatha is enshrined in the main sanctum hall, surrounded by Lord Ganapathi, Lord Brahma and Maha Lakshmi.
 Approximately 2 feet tall, 12 feet wide and 15 cm thick, the Ranganatha is carved from a single slab of dark green chlorite schist. Such fine grained soft metamorphic stones became the medium of choice of Karnataka’s artisans from the 11th to the 14th centuries, driving an aesthetic revolution in both sculpture and architecture.  
An elaborate ornamental archway springs from columns behind the attendants and encircles the principal figure. The fertility of the design the through finish the richness of ornamentation and the hard stone had turned out to be pieces of vax in the hands of craftsman of that bye gone era. The Ranganatha Swamy image is exceedingly handsome and the sculptor has reached his pinnacle here the perfectly carved is awe inspiring.
Beautiful idol of Lord Brahma
Recently the temple has renovated by the villagers. After seeing the wonderful temple of the Lord Ranganatha Swamy feeling blessed we started our return journey.

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