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Thosand-Year-Old Shiva Temple Begs For Attention

on 2011/12/8 18:57:01 ( 3582 reads )


SIRSI, KARNATAKA, November 28, 2011: The ruins of a 1000-year-old magnificent Shiva temple at Tenkal, a tiny village on the borders of Yellapur and Mundagod taluks in Uttara-Kannada district craves for attention from the Archaeological Department.

Historian Laxmish Hegde believes that the temple, situated amidst dense forest, was built in Kalyani Chalukya style of architecture by Hangal Kadambas in the 11th century.

The dilapidated temple has a sabhamantap (auditorium), a mukhamantap, a dhwaja sthambha (flag pillar), a bali peetha (sacrifice seat), a lalaata bimba, navaranga, faded scripts on stones and a sanctum sanctorum with murthis of Deities likes Karthikeya, Ganesha, Vishnu, Saptamatrikes and others.

There is evidence of repair work undertaken at the ancient temple around 250-300 years ago.

Stone inscriptions found earlier have clearly mentioned that Boppeshwar temple in Bedasagaon and Shiva temple in Inda Ooru, north of Mundagod were constructed by kings Kallayya and Tailapadev of Hangal Kadamba as mentioned by Gopalkrishna Naik in his book 'Uttara-Kannada Darshan,' recalled Hegde.

The Shiva temple is in a completely dilapidated state and if the Archaeological Departments of the state and Central governments take interest in preserving these remains, it will be a historical asset to the country and a resource for the next generation, both suggested.

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