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Hoysala temple at Hedathale

The temple at Hedathale is neither well known like the Chamundeshwari Temple near Mysore nor is it magnificent like the Virupaksha Temple at Hampi. And yet, it is so special. Simply for its tranquillity and architectural value, Hedathale is worth visiting.

The temple at Hedathale was built by the Hoysalas in the 12th century and is a thrikutachala style temple i.e. it has three sanctums. The sanctum in the middle houses Lakshmikantha Perumal.

The other two sanctums house Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy and Venugopala Swamy. There is also a beautiful idol of Andal there which will stay in your mind even after leaving the place.

The ‘Hadinaru Mukha Chavadi’ (16-faced hall) is an architectural splendour you shouldn’t miss.

It was built by a palegara (local chieftain) named Bhimanna Dhanda Nayaka. It was in ruins, but has now been restored to some extent. Bhimanna Dhanda Nayaka had 16 daughters. According to the customs of the land back then, a woman was not allowed to see her son-in-law and vice versa.

In order to meet all their daughters along with their husbands, this chavadi was built by the aforementioned palegara and his wife.

It has been built in such a manner that from the place where the palegara sat, all the 16 daughters and 16 sons-in-law were visible but from where his wife sat, only the 16 daughters were visible.

Getting there

Hedathale is located about seven-eight km from Nanjanagud. About two km from Hedathale is the well-known Venugopala Temple at Hemmargala.

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