BELUR TRIP  14TH TO 17TH OCTOBER 2021 (5)

On the 15th we were in Halebidu. After lunch we proceeded to a small village called Doddagaddavalli about 25kms from Halebidu. We wished to visit the temple of Lakshmi Devi, the day being Vijaya Dashami. On the way we saw broad fields of jowar. Vegetables and ginger were also growing in other fields.

Asking the way at different places, we finally reached our destination, a small and beautiful temple. It is believed to be one of the oldest buildings in the Hoysala style of architecture. Unlike the temples in Belur and Halebidu, this one does not stand on a platform. There are lathe turned pillars in the front porch where the  stone floor is a little uneven.

The person in charge told us a little about the place. He said that the temple was 907 years old. There are four shrines inside. As we enter, to the left is the shrine to Parvati. There are two body guards at the entrance. One has the hairstyle of an African, the other that of an Egyptian. We found it fascinating. Photography is not allowed inside. Exactly opposite to Parvati is the shrine to Lord Vishnu. To his right is the shrine to the main deity, Lakshmi Devi, and to his left, that of Shiva. According to the person relating the story this arrangement is found only here and at a temple in Bengal.

At the main shrine, a priest was offering prayers. This space was like a grotto. He gave us kumkum and turmeric powder as prasad.  We wanted to prostrate before Lakshmi Devi but he told us do so outside. This is because if we offered salutations to one deity it would be as though we were turning our backs to the others. This was new to us.

We went around the whole temple in pradakshina (clockwise). There were not many sculptures on the outer walls.  We asked some friendly people to click our pictures and they happily oblige, taking several from different angles 😊. They were from Tamilnadu.

We thought we would have to return to Belur via Halebidu. But we forgot to take a turn and drove straight on. That was good because it turned out to be a direct road to Belur.  After resting for a while we walked to Chennakeshava temple. It was drizzling. We went inside and sat in the hall, against a pillar outside the sanctum. Many people were entering, and everybody’s eyes were drawn to the sculptures all around and above.  


Lakshmi Devi Temple, Doddagaddavalli – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakshmi_Devi_Temple,_Doddagaddavalli

Vijayadashami – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vijayadashami

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

14 comments

  1. Lakshmi, wow, what a temple that is. The lathe-turned columns are fascinating, and to think that they were made almost a thousand years ago. What amazing technology that allowed that back then. Beautiful photos and post.

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