Turuvekere: The once ‘rent free’ village in the Hoysala empire

Turuvekere is located in the Tumakuru district of Karnataka. It came into existence as an agrahara (rent free village) donated to scholarly brahmins during the 13th century. This temple town houses some of the most spectacular temples of Hoysala style of architecture. The stone inscriptions in the temple complex indicate that the temple construction was commissioned during the reign of the Hoysala emperor, Narsimha III.

By Dineshkannambadi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 By Dineshkannambadi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The Vishnu and Shiva temples stand out as architectural marvels. The engravings found on the beams and walls of the temple describe the origin of this panchayat (village council) town of Turuvekere. It also reveals the managerial skills of the then kings. One interesting fact about the Shiva temple is that it resembles Nagara style architecture.

To know more riveting facts about these temples, click here: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/599867/hoysala-temples-turuvekere.html

  • Show Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

You May Also Like

Temple Hotel Beijing

Heritage News This Week

This week’s heritage news covers ancient cities, highlights a debate between conservation and development ...

This is Philippines’ First Known Written Document

The Laguna Copperplate Inscription is Philippines’ earliest known written document. Found on a construction ...

The hidden wonder that is Lahore Fort

The extended series of multistory chambers beneath Lahore Fort attests its grandeur and testifies ...