Arasikere Sri Iswara (Eeswara) temple :

God and Godess :

  • Shivalinga
  • Lod Vishnu

Location :

Arasikere Iswara temple,
Ishvara temple,
Arsikeri / Arisikere Town,
Hassan district – 573103
Karnataka

Timings :

6.00am to 7.00pm

Temple History :

Arasikere, A prosperous commercial hub of Karnataka on Bangalore – Shimoga road has its own place in history from time immemorial. It derives its name from a large water tank built in 11th century AD by Mahadevi, queen of Hoysala King Ereyanga. It was also the birthplace of Umadevi, queen of Ballala II. With such royal connections, it is no wonder that the place has witnessed the glory of the Hoysala Empire. Several inscriptions recognize the place as Sarvagnapuri, Jayagonda Ballalapura, and Vira Vijaya Ballalapura etc. Famous medieval poets like Devaparya, Trivikrama Pandita, Santinatha among others have showered abundant praises about its place, people, tanks and lush green fields and farms. Art, wisdom, and wealth had brought this place the epithet of “Ayyavole of South” in line with the Aihole of the Chalukyas.

Though the inscriptions are full of details of innumerable temples built by sculptors like Ketoja of SarasvatiGanadasi, Echoja of Puligere, Singoja today only a Siva temple stands in the center of the town as a testimony for the past pride and glory, exuberance and grandeur. The Arsikere Siva temple is a rare architectural marvel in the entire line of Arsikere Hoysala temples. It looks like three stars, in one line forming a unique constellation of their own. This Ekakoota temple with a single cell, Antarala (vestibule), and Navaranga is connected to an open mandapa through a porch. The vimana, Navaranga, and mandapa are all stars shaped and two lateral entrances through the porch provide access to the temple and to the open mandapa. The vimana is the cynosure of this splendiferous architectural achievement. The 16-pointed star shaped vimana is famous for its geometric combination of three different kinds of aedicules consisting of eight-pointed sthamba, followed by another one rotated by 22.5 degrees, and the third one rotated by 45 degrees.

The vimana rests on a pedestal of several molded cornices, above that stand majestically sculptures of deities. In between two sthamba aedicules, the Harantara section has small sculptures of attendants, standing below a variety of decorative towers. It was a matter of pride for the medieval sculptors to exhibit their knowledge of Silpa Sastra by decorating the exterior walls of the vimana with varied styles of the temple like Nagara, Dravida and Bhumija in miniature forms and this Sivalaya too has several such decorations. The tower above the main cell rises majestically in five talas capped by the beautiful Padma above which a modem metal Kalasa is fixed. The large bull sitting on the Sukanasi, perhaps not an original one takes the place of the usual Hoysala crest of Sala killing the tiger. The exterior walls of the Navaranga too have the unusual feature of stambas rotated by 45 degrees giving an impression of a semi-star shape to this part of the temple too.

In all other Hoysala temples, either staggered squares or indented squares form the outer walls of the halls. Here in the center of the walls have small shrines forming a niche for the deities, and some of them show even 2-3 talas resting on one another. Other decorations follow the vimana described earlier. The architects’ obsession for the stellate plan, perhaps, had found its best expression in the open mandapa, which is in the shape of a 16-pointed star.

The inside of this open hall has eight round shaped exquisitely carved pillars to support the ceiling. The stone benches follow the contour of the star supported by 24 small elephants. The usual slanting railing provides the necessary backrest for the dignitaries who would watch pooja and other performances. While the large circular ceiling of the mandapa has five rows of carvings and sculptures, the Ashtadikpalas form part of the ceiling of the little open porch leading into Navaranga.The interior of the Navaranga is none too less important in its exuberance with eight wall shrines. Nobody seems to know when these ornate niches in the Navaranga were denuded of their sculptures. Today only emptiness greets the visitor. The pillars and ceilings of this temple can only testify the ingenuity of the unknown sculptor who unlike other sculptors of his time has left nothing behind about himself except his expert craftsmanship.

Festivals :

  • Karteeka Masam
  • Deepotsavam
  • Siva Rathri
  • Vaikunta Ekadasi
  • Karteeka Pournima

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Archana
  • Abhisheka
  • Bilvarchana
  • Panchamrutabhisheka

Nearest Temples Around Arasikere Sri Iswara (Eeswara) temple :

  • Yediyur Siddalingeswar temple – 87 km
  • Goravanahalli Mahalakshmi temple – 130 km
  • Nagalapura Chenna Kesasava temple – 68 km
  • Aralaguppe Kalleswara temple – 51 km
  • Siddara Betta Siddeswara swamy temple – 130 km
  • Belur Chenna Kesava temple – 61 km
  • Halebeedu Hoyasaleswara/kedareswara temple – 44 km
  • Sharavana belagola Gomateswara/Bahubali temple – 66 km
  • Hassan Hasanamba temple – 45 km
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  • Haranhalli Someswara temple – 9 km
  • Mosale Nageswara/Chenna kesava temple – 58 km
  • Doddagaddavalli Sri Lakshmi devi temple – 62 km
  • Madikeri Omkareswara temple – 150 km
  • Bhagamandala Bhagandeswara temple – 185 km
  • Igguthappadevara betta Igguthappa temple – 183 km
  • Talakaveri Agastheswara/Talakaveri temple – 193 km
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  • Sri Rangapatna Sri Ranga Natha Swamy temple – 118 km
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  • Hosaholalu Lakahmi narayana temple – 84 km
  • Govindanahalli Panchalingeswara temple – 71 km
  • Nagamangala Soumya Kesava temple – 107 km
  • Basaralu Mallikarjuna temple – 117 km
  • Karighatta Srinivasa temple – 122 km
  • Adichunchanagiri Kalabhairaveswara temple – 76 km
  • Mysore Chamundeswari temple – 135 km
  • Somanathapura Chennakesava temple – 151 km
  • Talkad Vaidyanatheswara temple – 180 km
  • Tirunakundal Narsipura Gunja Narasimha temple – 164 km
  • Nanjangud Srikanteswara/nanjunadeswara temple – 163 km
  • Kalale Lakshmi Kanta swamy temple – 168 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Hassan – 44 km
  • Arisikeri – 1 km
  • Tiptur – 26 km
  • Kadur – 40 km
  • Chennaraya Patna – 51 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Arsikere – 1 km
  • Adihalli – 9 km
  • Habanhatha – 12 km
  • Honnavalli – 14 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Bangalore 188 km
  • Mangalore 220 km

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