Suryanarayana Temple

Suryanarayana Temple

BRIEF HISTORY:Constructed in A.D. 1209 in the reign of Hoysala king Ballala II by Sameyada Garuda Marmmarasa of Magala, the Suryanarayana Temple is trikutachala on plan housing the gods Somanatha, Prasanna Kesava and Surya. The architect of the temple is mentioned as Bammoja. Each garbhagriha has an antarala and all shrines are connected to a common sabhamantapa preceded by a mukhamantapa facing south. In the interior the doorways of the garbhagrihas and antaralas are carved with five sakhas and below the sakhas are dvarapalas.

The sabhamantapa snd the mukhamantapa are joined together forming a large hall consisting of ten pillars. The walls have niches in the sabhamnadapa containing images. The garbhagriha on the east accommodates a beautiful sculpture of Surya of the Hoysala period which is a rare specimen. The ceilings of the temple are exquisitely carved and varied. They depict kirtimukhas issuing scrolls,’ filled with lotus and flying gandharvas, dikpalas, flowers and composite mythical animals.