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Kalamukha Temples of Karnataka

Art and Cultural Legacy -- Somanatha at Haralahalli and Kadambeshvara at Rattihalli

The Kalamukha temples in Karnataka are associated with the Lakulashaiva movement especially the beliefs and practices of the Kalamukha Shaivites and the jakkanacari style of temples in Karnataka. This volume is a study of two of the best examp ....read below

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The Kalamukha temples in Karnataka are associated with the Lakulashaiva movement especially the beliefs and practices of the Kalamukha Shaivites and the jakkanacari style of temples in Karnataka. This volume is a study of two of the best examples of Kalamukha shrines in the region. It focuses on the Somanatheshvara temple at Haralahalli and Kadambeshvara temple at Rattihalli, splendid examples of conversion of single-cell shrines into triple sancta. With numrous illustrations of the temples including their plans and sculptures and referring to and quoting from the Agamas, the Puranas and other ancient works, it studies the architecture of the temples along with their history, the general plans of the temples, their interior including pillars, lintel and entrances, their external structure, and their iconography, particularly the main deities in the temples. It makes a unique effort to study the inscriptions associated with the temples which are in Kannada interlaced with Sanskrit verses and containing Sanskrit words, presenting their Roman transliteration and translation into English. The inscriptions include one on renovation of Someshvara temple by King Joma (ce 1181), one on the foundation of a temple of Daseshvara laid by Dasiraja (ce 1188) and one that eulogises the Kadambas and minister Soma (ce 1144).

The volume, with extensive notes that explain terms in a simple manner, will prove invaluable to scholars and students of Indology, especially those interested in early medieval religion, culture and architecture in South India.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124606056
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124606056
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2012
  • Pages : xx, 657 p.
  • Size : 25
  • Weight (approx.) : 2500
  • Bibliographic Details : 3 folded plans; 132 col. & b/w photographs & line drawings, Bibliography; Index

Preface

-- Advaitavadini Kaul

Acknowledgements 
List of Illustrations 
Introduction 

Situation 
The Dedication to Sadashiva 
The Trikuta Temple 
The Mythology of Sadashiva's Manifestations 
A Note on the Dance Pose of Natesha at Haralahalli and Rattihalli 

1. History of Lakulashaiva Movement and Jakkanacari Style of Temples in Karnataka

The Advent of Lakulashaivism in Karnataka 
The Glory of the Pashupatavrata -- Mystic Diagram and Installation of Gods 
Kalamukha Shaivites of Lakulashaiva Community 
History of the Kittagavi Santati 
The Gutta Chieftains of Guttavolal 
Socio-Politico-Religious Conditions 
History of the Two Feudatory Families: The Gutta of Guttavolal and the Kadamba of Rattihalli

The Gutta Chieftains -- The Kadamba Rulers of Rattihalli 

2. The Temple of Somanatha at Haralahalli 

Architecture 

The Complex and Its History -- The Somanatha Temple, General Plan -- Interior -- Exterior -- State of Conservation 

Iconography 

Interior Iconography -- Exterior Iconography 

Epigraphy 

Inscription I: Renovation of Someshvara Temple into a Three-celled Temple by King Joma, 1181. Donations, 1188
Inscription II: Foundation of a Temple of Daseshvara by Dasiraja, 1188
Inscription III: Hero-stone on the River Bank, ce 1206 
Inscription IV: 1213, Foundation of the Temple of Tuluvaleshvara
Inscription V: Foundation of the Temple of Cikkeshvara by Bica (Period of Yadava King Singana)
Inscription VI: Copperplates, 1259 

3. The Temple of Kadambeshvara at Rattihalli 

Architecture 

The Architectural Concept and Its History -- Interior -- Exterior -- State of Conservation 

Iconography 

The Iconographic Programme -- Interior Icons -- Exterior Iconography -- North Rajeshvara Tower -- South Malleshvara Tower

Epigraphy 

Inscription 1: Eulogy of Kadambas and Minister Soma, c. ce 1144
Inscription 2: Donation of Pandyadeva and Hadavala Caunda, 1 June ce 1174
Inscription 3: Donation of Gubbiya Kalla to Murujavideva, 28 June ce 1238
Inscription 4: Donation of Honnabommisetti, 8 December 1238 Installation of Malleshvara and Rajeshvara by Murujavideva
Inscription 5: Donation by Karanada Kallarasa to Mallinathadeva, 27 November 1239
Inscription 6: Memorial Stone in the Time of Ramacandra, 1290 or 1299
Inscription 7: Sadashivaraya 

Figures and Plates 
Select Bibliography and Abbreviations 
Index

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