[In October last year I started writing letters to my Doddamma, my father’s elder brother’s wife. In November, I went to my daughter’s place in Germany, she was expecting her second child. I wrote mails to my Doddamma and my mother (Amma) every week. I sent the mail to my sister-in-law, my mother lives with my elder brother and to my cousin’s wife. My Doddamma lives with her son. After returning home I thought I would post letters then decided to continue sending mails. It will reach them sooner and I can also attach photos.) My Doddamma is 86 and is not able to go out. My Amma and Doddamma enjoy the mails and the photos, specially of their great grandchildren. The internet has really changed our lives, it helps us to keep some contact with our friends and relatives, if we want to.😊]
Dear Doddamma and Amma,
We are all fine here. On the 26th morning we went to N R Pura. Our niece, Soumya and her husband Suresh live there. N R Pura is about 2 ½ hours away from Manipal by road. We have to cross the Agumbe ghats. We left home at 7, had breakfast on the way and were in Soumya’s place by 10. N R Pura is a very small place and is like a hill station. We were going there after many years. On the way we saw so many mango trees by the road side in full bloom. they look so beautiful.
That afternoon we went with Soumya to Sri Amrutheshwara temple Amruthapura village in Tarikere, about 1 ½ hours away. In this small village it was good to see this ancient and beautiful temple. Fortunately, this place has not become a major tourist attraction.
The temple was built in 1196 C.E. by Amrutheshwara Dandanayaka (“commander”) under Hoysala king, Veera Ballala 2. It is built according to Hoysala architecture, like in Belur Halebidu. Daily prayers are offered by the priests. In the sanctum sanctorum there is a Nandaadeepa ( the lamp is always lit, its flame is never extinguished). The flame has been burning for more than 200 years. It seems so strange that so much has happened in our country in the last 200 years, so many ups and downs and in this corner of the world people through generations have seen to it that the flame was never extinguished.
The carvings on the outside walls of the temple are so beautiful. We can see incidents from the life of Krishna carved in stone. We enjoyed looking at all of them. These carvings look so real, it was as if the stories unfolded in front of us. So many artisans must have made them some time in the 12th century and we are standing there and looking at the in the 21st century. It is incredible.
We left at about 5.30. On the way we passed Bhadra dam and reached Soumya’s home at seven. It was good she was with us because it was a new road and it was dark by the time we reached home. We enjoyed each other’s company and talked to our heart’s content.
I will write more about our trip in my next letter.
We talk to Gayatri almost every day. She sends photos of the children. Kavya has started sucking her thumb before sleeping. She used to put her fist in her mouth when I was there. Advaith is busy in his kindergarten and playing with his sister.
Amrutesvara Temple, Amruthapura, Karnataka – Apni Sanskriti
Situated in the village of Amruthapura, 67 km from Chikmagalur town of the Karnataka, the Amrutesvara Temple is build in 1196 and nestled in a peaceful place
Amruteshwara and Sharadha Devi Temple, Amruthapura, Tarikere …
Amrutesvara and Sharadha Devi Temple is built during Hoysala period. The temple has large surrounding area maintained by the Department of Archeology.