Narasimha Swamy Temple

Narasimha Swamy Temple

BRIEF HISTORY:Situated on the bank of river Tungabhadra, this temple is assignable to the middle of eleventh century A.D. in the reign of Chalukyas of Kalyana. The temple facing north has two garbhagrihas, each with an antarala connected to a common navaranga and a mukhamnadapa. The walls are plain on the exterior. The temple is known for the sculpture of six-armed ferocious Narasimha, Surya, Ganesa and dvarapalas kept in the garbhagriha and antarala.

The superstructure over the sanctum is built in brick-and-Iime rising in octagonal configuration of five tiers in the typical Maratha style, in receding order. Except the first tier which is plain, the remaining five tiers have arches. Only one arch has a stucco image. A short neck is succeeded by ribbed finial. An austere pillared hall is located in the west of the temple which is further divided into two chambers. A Vijayanagara period mahadvara with a flight of steps towards north leads one to the river Tungabhadra.