Kikkeri Brahmeshwara swamy temple :

God and Godess :

Sri Brahmeshwara Swamy

Location :

Kikkeri Brahmeshwara Swamy Temple,
Kikkeri Village,Krishnarajpet (Taluk),
Mandya district – 571423,
Karnataka.

Timings :

7.00am to 7.00pm

Temple History :

The Brahmeshwara temple at Kikkeri is another masterpiece of Hoysala architecture. When people are asked about the list of Hoysala Temples, the majority of them would remember only Belur and Helebeedu. A few might mention a couple of other Temples. But there are more than 100 Temples which were built during Hoysala regime. The Brahmeswara Swamy Temple Hosaholalu or Melukote. It is situated in the Kikkeri hobli of Krishna Raja Pete on the State Highway 19, connecting Srirangaptna with Channarayapatna. It is situated at a distance of 11 km from KR Pete. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the presence of Brahma Deva on the doorway leads to the naming of the deity as Sri Brahmeshwara. This is a Trikutachala temple and is facing East Direction.

The Brahmeshwara Swamy is facing East Direction, the Channakeshava is facing the South direction and, is facing North Direction. One can also find Ganesha onto the right and Mahisasura Mardhini to the left of Brahmeswara. As one enters the temple, you come across a beautifully carved Nandi facing west and just behind the Nandi there is the idol of Sri Surya Narayana Swamy which is also facing West. Each pillar has the provision to hold 4 Mandakini’s out of which only, are available and rest are missing from the pillars. Each pillar’s Bell is heavily decorated with the miniature workmanship. As we go around the Navaranga, one can also enjoy the Mandakini’s on the pillars. Especially the one Mandakini or a drummer who is holding the Damaruka ( the musical instrument used by Maha Deva while performing Tandavam) attracts one’s attention. Also, the three strings which are actually holding the drum in place is very slender and it demands an extraordinary skill to sculpt such a masterpiece with utmost care. This particular idol is the most beautiful of the all present in both Belur and Halebeedu.

As we come out of the temple and start taking the Pradakshina, one can see that the whole temple is built on the ground instead of an elevated pedestal. This also deviates from the regular Hoysala temple depicting that it was built much earlier when the temple architecture of Hoysala was still emerging. The outside walls contained idols of Vishnu Avatara, Ganesha, Brahma, Shiva, Parvathi, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, etc., each of these idols is housed under various kind of gopuras. One can clearly get to see the Bhumija, Vesera, Dravida and Kalinga style of Gopuras around the temple. The idol of Varaha carrying Lakshmi on his left shoulder is also quite unique in its style. The lower railings are very plain in nature and no major decoration is being done, apart from the carvings of Turkeyed Lions and Elephants.

As we come across the temple, onto the right of the temple one can find a small Gopura housing the idol.Also, one can find damaged Mithuna couple on the lower railings. A very interesting carving of both Lion and Elephant can be observed on the right-hand side of Sukhanasi. This particular cornerstone has been carefully carved to depict both animals. If we look from North towards South direction, you will get to see Elephant and if the same image is looked upon from East to West Direction, you can find the image of Lion. Such a combination is a very rare occurrence and it is noteworthy. Onto the right of the main temple a few feet part is the temple of Sri.Parvathi Devi which appears to be constructed at a later date and there is no major artistic work which is worth to be noticed.Onto the North East of the temple one can find a Shila Shasana on the steps to a small Kalyani telling the story of a Shiva Bhakta being taken to Kailasa after obtaining Veera Gathi in a war by the Shiva Dhutas in a Pallaki(palanquine) Just next to Kalyani is the abode of Kala Bhairava, this idol is carefully crafted and one can find the Dog, the official follower of Kalabhairava.

Festivals :

  • Maha Siva Rathri
  • Karthika Pournami
  • Dasara
  • Vinayaka Chaturthi

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Archana
  • Abhiseka

Nearest Temples Around Kikkeri Brahmeshwara swamy temple :

  • SriRangapatna Sri Ranganatha swamy temple – 50 km
  • Melkote Cheluva Narayana swamy temple – 36 km
  • Hosaholalu Lakshmi Narayana swamy temple – 16 km
  • GovindanaHalli Pancha Lingeswara swamy temple – 5 km
  • Nagamangala Soumya kesava swamy temple – 46 km
  • Basaralu Mallikarjuna swamy temple – 58 km
  • Karighatta Srinivasa temple – 53 km
  • Asuchunchanagiri Kalabhairveswara swamy temple – 63 km
  • Bangalore Iskcon temple – 149 km
  • Gavipuram Gangadhareswara swamy temple – 155 km
  • Basavanagudi Nandi temple – 164 km
  • Ulsoor Someswara swamy temple – 160 km
  • Domlur Chokkanatha swamy temple – 162 km
  • MurugeshPalya Shivoham Shiva temple – 164 km
  • Belur Chennakesava swamy temple – 94 km
  • Halebeedu Hiyasaleswara & kedareswara swamy temple – 84 km
  • Hassan Hasanamba temple – 55 km
  • Shravana Belagola Gomateswara/Bahubali temple – 13 km
  • Koravangala Bucheswara swamy temple – 56 km
  • Nuggehalli Lakshmi Narasimha swamy temple – 36 km
  • Mosale Nageswara&Chennakesava swamy temple – 87 km
  • Haranhalli Someswara&narasimha swamy temple – 66 km
  • Arisikere Iswara temple – 68 km
  • Doddagaddavalli Lakshmidevi temple – 75 km
  • Yediyur Siddalingeswara swamy temple – 66 km
  • Goravarahalli Mahalakshmi temple – 155 km
  • Nagalapura Chennakesava swamy temple – 52 km
  • Settikere Yogamadhava swamy temple – 93 km
  • Aralaguppe Kalleswara swamy temple – 83 km
  • Siddarabetta Siddheswara swamy temple – 154 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Channarayapatha – 18 km
  • Sravanbelgola – 15 km
  • K.R Pate – 15 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Manglore – 9 km
  • Sravanur – 21 km
  • Birahalli – 16 km
  • Akkiheballu – 21 km
  • Shravanbelagola – 16 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Bangalore – 178 km
  • Mangalore – 231 km

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