Aghoreshwara Temple,Ikkeri

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Travel Briefing:

Ikkeri is situated in Sagara taluk of Shimoga district. Situated at a distance of around 73 kms from Shimoga and 6 kms from Sagara, it was the capital of the Keladi rulers from 1560 to 1640 A.D. The Aghoreshwara temple located here was built in the 16th century using granite and is adorned with carvings and sculptures. Tucked away in a remote part of Sagara taluk one must crosscheck directions with the locals to find the temple.

Aghoreshwara temple is a rectangular structure  built of stone consisting of a ‘Garbagriha’, an open ‘Sukhanasi’ and a mantapa. The basement contains five different mouldings of Kirtimukhas and lion face which is similar to the Hoysala style. The walls of the mantapa have friezes containing decorations of monkeys, swans, amorous scenes and miniature gopuras. The main idol here is of Aghoreshwara which is a form of Shiva. The idol is inside the garbagriha. The garbagriha contains  a gigantic pedestal sculptured with 32 seated female figures. One can observe three effigies in front of the shrine which are effigies of the Keladi chiefs doing obeisance. There is also a Nandimantapa housing a huge couchant bull with a yali balustrated steps at the south. The doorways and windows have pointed arches which might signify and Islamic influence. The Agoreshwara temple is a site which definitely should not be overlooked according to the folks here at!

Getting there

Shivamogga >> Sagara(76 kms) >> At Sagara ask for directions for the LIC Building >> At the Lic building junction take right if coming from Sagara and take left if coming from Shimoga(Any doubt cross check with locals please!) >> Proceed straight on this road >> Small junction take right >>Proceed >> On the right side one can see the temple.

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16th Century temple built in the Nayaka’s style of architecture

Things To Do

Look around the temple, the architecture and the intricate carvings on display, Photography

Food & Drinks Counter

Restaurants serving good food are available in Sagara. Food and water is not a problem around these parts!

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