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Lakshmi Devi Temple

Doddagaddavalli

Doddagaddavalli, a quaint village in Hassan district, is home to the Lakshmi Devi Temple, which dates back to the 12th century. Built during the Hoysala dynasty’s reign, this architectural masterpiece reflects the finesse and artistic brilliance of the era. The temple is a fine example of Hoysala architecture, known for its intricate carvings, detailed sculptures, and star-shaped platforms.

 

As you approach the Temple, the intricately carved outer walls immediately captivate your attention. The temple is built in the Ekakuta style, characterized by its single shrine structure. The star-shaped platform, called jagati, is adorned with exquisite carvings depicting various mythological scenes, celestial beings, and intricate floral motifs. The outer walls boast an array of finely sculpted figures, including gods, goddesses, and celestial dancers, showcasing the exceptional craftsmanship of the Hoysala artisans.

Stepping inside the sanctum sanctorum, a sense of tranquility envelops you. The main deity, Goddess Lakshmi, is enshrined in all her divine glory. The idol, carved from black soapstone, radiates a sense of serenity and grace. Devotees and visitors often find solace in the peaceful ambiance of the inner sanctum, offering prayers and seeking blessings from the goddess.

 

In recent years, efforts have been made to preserve and protect the Temple and its surroundings. Conservation initiatives aim to maintain the temple’s structural integrity, ensuring that future generations can continue to marvel at this historical wonder. The Archaeological Survey of India and local authorities have played a crucial role in safeguarding this architectural treasure.