March 8, 2013
Varavina Malleshwara temple is about 4 kms east of Tekkalakote, the road passes through paddy fields. The moment we entered the place, it was like seeing a scaled down version of Hampi sans river. The scattered ruins, the architecture and the presence of a Frangipani tree was very much Vijayanagara style. It is said that the place was known as Devara Kallu ~ God's Stone when it was built. It was around 9AM, we were the only visitors. As you see the temple is situated on the hillock.
Garbhagudi at the end of this aisle and to the right is Nandi (see inset).
|A collection of hero-stones.|
|A mural resembling a human rib cage.. very strange piece of work indeed.|
|This shelter could serve as lodge for pilgrims or shops.|
I don't remember seeing any signage here, not much of information available. Having done with this holy place we head towards Udegola and Nittur to see Ashoka's rock edicts.