The Lost Hoysala Town of Dindagur by TeamGSquare

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5 Responses

  1. What a fantastic place and try, it’s in decay. My fear is, too much attention also brings the completely wrong kind of attention, over commercialising and ruining the place. Like I have seen with so many places. One famous place of worship, now. Fashionable go to for many, had the priests asking me for money for a quicker queue free ‘worship’, ‘worship packages’, and of course, the horrendous architectural disasters of ‘place of workshop extensions’,

    Sometimes I feel an unknown broken down beautiful structure is so much better than the rampant commercialisation of it.

  2. piyukamath says:

    Thanks for putting this up. Just recently when we went in search of Mosale, I was wondering how many more such Hoysala wonders, and other architectural marvels in general, are ‘lost’ across our country!

  3. Wow… old heritage! Good read and listed with nice pictures.

  4. Nisha says:

    Such a nice piece. It’s a shame to see our heritage in this pathetic conditions. What more, as responsible travelers & writers can we do to wake & shake the concerned authorities?

  5. Srikanth says:

    You’ve said it – we’ve really “LOST” it. It pains me to see such gems in the order that they are in today.

    Each and every of Hoysala temples has been set up in majestic formats, in calm environments, intrinsically carved, of a specific type, but each unique in itself(!).

    Every Shiva temple (Trikuta or Ekakuta or Panchakuta) would be on a lake bed or suspended in some field outside a village and a Vishnu temple in a congested fort area of a village (Agrahara) and having huge space dedicated for itself.

    Agraharas were the settlement of Brahmans of the yore, gifted by the ruler of that land in those periods. Usually an Agrahara would be accompanied by these huge temples (for Brahmans to worship, use as school, meeting place, practice daily rituals), a lake and some tax-free lands that could get regular income for the temple and help in its maintenance and also of the people associated with it.

    However, what is more interesting is the fact that these Hoysala temples are not much decorated with mythological stories (Sthala Puranas).

    According to one of my cousins, who does much reading of the ancient history and architecture, the fact that the stories are absent from these temples is the cause for the lack of interest and the apathy shown by the general public towards these temples!!! On the other hands, the grand temples built or promoted by Vijayanagara kings have much intertwined mythological stories that brings people to them!! Did Vijayanagara chieftains learn from the mistakes of their Hoysala counterpart? May be!

    Anyways, some history, some legacy, some pride and much of the treasure has been lost in the transition (of time), somewhere…

    We’ve ‘LOST’ those Agraharas, those people, we’ve lost many, and much, of these temples!

    Thanks Dheeraj and Amrutha for a fantastic blog post.
    -Srik

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