Friday, June 22, 2012

Banashankari Temple Amargol ,Hubli

'Amargol' is a busy village located off the Hubli-Dharwad Highway. It is home to a very beautiful Chalukyan temple, dedicated to Goddess Banashankari and Lord Shankar. It is said to have been built somewhere during 12th Century. The temple looks very rustic and elegant from outside. The maintenance and restoration work is being actively conducted by the ASI.
The four pillars of the Kalyana Mantapa are unique and carry carvings of Gods and Goddesses. They are an excellent piece of art work, and prove to be the most important feature of this temple. The Temple is a Dwikuta (two celled), on a raised platform. Though most the portions of its external walls are either melted or defaced, the remains are a proof of the degree of grandeur the external walls carry.
The Banashankari Temple
Front View
External Wall
Pillars of Kalyana Mantapa
Skillful
Lord Brahma
Lord Bhairava
Goddess Banashankari
Central Ceiling

35 comments:

  1. What an awesome temple! And how I wish I could visit there! Your photos are always the next best thing to being there though and I am so happy that you post them! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy a great weekend!

    Sylvia

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  2. Fascinating!
    Easy to get there? Might be driving through in August.

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  3. Such splendid architecture, grandeur & beauty. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Magnificent architecture. Nice captures.

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.com

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  5. The exterior of this temple looks wonderful to me; I can only imagine how magnificent it was when first built. The interior carvings and decorations are marvelous. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  6. Fantastic! I never tire of seeing the amazing carvings.

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  7. what a grand architect of temple... beautiful shots...

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  8. A great example of ancient Indian architecture.Thanks for beautiful pictures.

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  9. Absolutely awesome! Looking forward to visit at some time!

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  10. the temple is wonderful.... the architecture is brilliant and the statues are superb.... ancient temples are a great source to portray the brilliance of Inidan Architecture...

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  11. Wow beautiful architecture..:-)Great shots..:-)

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  12. You know? This temple is just 2KM from my home! We used to take our dog to a vet passing this temple. Beautiful photographs.

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  13. beautiful temple architecture...

    beautifully captured photos...

    thanks for sharing

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  14. Beautiful carvings on those pillars.

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  15. Beautiful! I keep going to Hubli frequently, hope to make it this time to Amargol and Unkal

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  16. It's such a lovely temple yet people are ignorant about it. I had hint about another temple besides Chandramouleswara temple of Unkal but my inquiries went in vain. Perhaps I din't try enough. Thank you for the post. I'll be heading to Amargol this weekend :)

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  17. It does bear the Chalukyan stamp. Beautiful. I was unaware of this marvel. Shall make it one day.

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  18. The temple reminds me of Tambdi Surla..Nice captures...and long time since I visited your blog..

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  19. Love the intricate detailing and architecture besides its rustic feel. Excellent coverage of the temple as always.

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  20. beautiful temple
    nice pics

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  21. Fabulous temple and architecture!

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  22. Fabulous architecture! I have to make it here oneday...

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  23. WOW!
    I am enchanted, delighted with your blog.
    Fantastic photos of unique landmarks.
    Lovely post!
    Lucy-maria

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  24. beautiful !!

    we are so rich in temple architecture :)

    http://sushmita-smile.blogspot.in/

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  25. Its been a long time since you posted Dhiraj! Hope everything is fine at your end!

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  26. What gorgeous and historical this temple is!
    Thank you for the close up photos. The carvings are amazingly skillful!
    RedRose

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  27. AWESOME ! Only regret I had seen this earlier so that i could have included it my my plans during my trip to those parts sometime ago.

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  28. I distinctly remember to have visited this place and worshipped at BANA SHANKARI temple during 1985 1986 .
    The architectural beauty of this temple is indeed awesome. No nice to see the pictures once again and re live the memories of the place.

    subbu rathinam
    www.pureaanmeekam.blogspot.com

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  29. This is really old and The Banashankari is a form of the Goddess Parvati. This form of the Goddess is very popular in Karnataka.

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  30. Didnt know about this temple. It is beautiful. I must visit it sometime. Thanks for sharing

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  31. How exquisitely sublime. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos.

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