Sindaghatta houses another Hoysala temple apart from the Lakshminaryana Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is the "Sangameshwara - Janneshwara Temple". This temple is different from the dwikuta structure, usually found facing each other. Here, the two structures are adjacent to each other, similar to the Harihareshwara Temple of Hariharapura.
|Sangameshwara - Janneshwara Temple|
The temple is east facing and built on a raised platform. It has two separate entrances, two separate Gribhagrihas, two separate antaralas and a common Navaranga. The door frames are heavily carved. Though the external features of the temple look simple, its internal features are intricate and heavily decorated.
|The Lovely Pillar|
|Part of the Door Frame having miniature carvings of the Music Troupe|
The Hoysala Emblem depicts a man killing a tiger, and apparently the tiger was an emblem of their rivals, the Cholas at that time. May be they were code words as in the current military operations and may be the word Hoysala/ Poysala probably meant 'Destroy the Cholas'. The priest of this temple was a very kind and knowledgeable man. He quoted a few lesser known facts and stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. He also enlightened us about Dwarka, the capital city of Lord Krishna found under water near the coast of Gujarat.
The temple has been renovated by the Government with the help of Shri Manjunatha Trust of Dhramasthala and the locals, though it definitely requires further maintenance.
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - Mysore road - B.R.Koppal - Right turn - Pandavapura - K R Pete - Right Turn - After 7 kms turn Left - Sindaghatta.
Distance from Bangalore: 145 kms
Places to visit near by: Hariharapura, Akkihebbalu, Varahanatha Kalahalli, Kikkeri, Govindanahalli, Hosaholalu, Sheelanere and many more.