Karnataka is home to several ancient and Hoysala temples that are well known for their architectural splendour and ornate sculptures. But the very mention of Hoysala temples conjures images of the spectacular monuments in Belur and Halebid. While the temples mentioned therein are examples of architectural brilliance, Karnataka has several other temples built by the Hoysala dynasty that are probably not so well known or “touristy”. The Brahmeshvara temple in Kikkeri in Mandya district of the state is one such hidden gem.
The temple is located about 11 km from K R Pete.
Entrance to Brahmeshvara temple at KikkeriDedicated to Lord Shiva who is present in the form of a Linga, the temple faces the eastern direction and hosts the holy bull aka “Nandi” at the entrance. The bull is intricately carved and the attention to detail is just awe inspiring.
The “garbha griha” or sanctum sanctorum has an elaborately carved ceiling along with pillars and the characteristic “Mandakini” which is a lady in a dancing position.
The temple’s exterior facade that hosts some of the most elaborate sculptures and carvings is typical of Hoysala architecture. There are images of Gods, Goddesses and animals that represent superior craftsmanship, maling the stone work on the exterior walls truly magnificent.