Haranhalli Sri Someswara Temple :

God and Godess :

Location :

Haranhalli Sri Someshwara Temple,
Someswara temple, Haranhalli (Village),
Arisikere (Taluk),
Hassan district – 573122,
Karnataka.

Timings :

8.00 am to 5.00 pm (Mon – Sun)

Temple History :

The Someshvara temple at Haranhalli is an example of 13th century Hoysala architecture. Haranhalli has located about 35 km from Hassan city of Karnataka. The temple was built in 1235 A.D. by the Hoysala Empire King Vira Someshwara. A few hundred meters from this temple is the more ornate Lakshminarasimha temple which also dates to the same period. The main deity in this temple is Lord Shiva in the form of Shiva Linga. The temple is a protected monument under the Karnataka state division of the Archaeological Survey of India.

The temple plan is similar to that of the Lakshminarasimha temple, but according to art historian Foekema, it’s overall decorative ornamentation is somewhat lesser in quality though there are some well-executed reliefs. The temple plan is an Ekakuta (single shrine) but made to look like a Trikuta (three shrines) due to the two simple lateral shrine-like structures. The main shrine is stellate (star-shaped), has a complete superstructure (tower or Shikhara) and a Sukhanasi (nose or tower over the vestibule) which is similar to that in the Lakshminarasimha temple. The temple stands on a platform called Jagati, a feature common to many Hoysala temples. The platform, in addition to adding visual beauty, provides the devotees a path for circumambulation (Pradakshina patha) around the temple.

Starting from the top, the friezes depict; Hamsa (birds) in the first frieze, Makara (aquatic monsters) in the second, the usual depiction of scenes from the Hindu epics are absent in the third frieze which has been left blank. This is followed by leafy scrolls in the fourth frieze. The fifth and sixth friezes exhibit high-quality workmanship in depicting horses and elephants respectively.Many blocks of the superstructure have no carvings. According to Foekema, in some places, the frieze work on the moldings at the base is incomplete compromising its overall articulation.

Festivals :

  • MahaSiva Rathri,
  • Karteeka Masam
  • Ugadi Celebrations
  • ¬† ¬† ¬†Arudrothsava

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Archana
  • Abhisheka
  • Bilvarchana
  • Panchamrutabhisheka

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Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Hassan
  • Arisikeri
  • Tiptur
  • Kadur
  • ChannarayaPatna

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Arsikere
  • Adihalli
  • Habanhatha
  • Honnavalli

Nearest Airports :

  • Bangalore
  • Mangalore

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