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Amrutesvara Temple Chikmagalur Address: Amruthapura, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, 577228, India

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Amrutesvara Temple Chikmagalur Timings

Day Timing
Monday 4:30 am – 10:30 am
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 4:30 am – 10:30 am
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wedesday 4:30 am – 10:30 am
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday 4:30 am – 10:30 am
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday 4:30 am – 10:30 am
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday 4:30 am – 10:30 am
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday 4:30 am – 10:30 am
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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The Amrutesvara temple, also known as Amruteshvara or Amruteshwara Temple is located in Amruthapura. It is 67 kilometers from Chikmagalur, near the Bhadra River reservoir. It is a 12th-century temple that captures the essence of South Indian temple architecture and attracts tourists from across the country.

Lord Shiva in his Linga form is the temple's presiding deity. Though the temple appears to be small, it holds a lot of wonderful things for visitors. The beautiful architecture of this temple makes it one of the most remarkable hallmarks of Hoysala architecture.

Architecture of Amrutesvara Temple

The stunning edifice of the temple is built of black soapstone and features circular carvings on the outside walls. There is a solitary tower and a huge open mandap in the sanctum. The main sanctum is square and decorated with demon sculptures. Carvings from Hindu epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata are shown in floral motifs on the ceilings and panels.

It has an Ekakuta-style vimana (shrine), a wide-open mandapa (hall), and a closed mandapa (hall) that links to an open hall. The open mandapa is made up of 140 panels depicting Hindu mythological tales. The porch, Garbhagriha, Sukhanasi, and Navaranga are the earliest elements of the temple.

Over the years, numerous modifications and embellishments were done throughout time. Beautiful pillars support the majestic architecture of the temple. The emblem of Hoysalas Sala fighting a lion also adorns the temple towers, while the panel on the sukhanasi tower portrays Shiva defeating Gajasura.

History of Amrutesvara Temple

The temple was named after commander Amruteshwara Dandanayaka, who constructed it in 1196 C.E. during the reign of King Hoysala Veera Ballala II. The design philosophy initiated during that period has impacted the architecture of the state to date. Mallitama was one of the prominent sculptors of those times. It is referred to as the Golden Architectural Era to date.

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Things to do at Amrutesvara Temple

  • Witness the beautiful carvings of the temple that include events from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and the life of Lord Krishna.
  • Each pillar and wall of the temple narrates the story of architectural excellence in that era.
  • Seek blessings of the almighty.

Popular activities to do at Amrutesvara Temple

  • The Bilva and the Kumkuma Archana are two rituals that can be conducted at the temple.
  • Aksharbhyasam (or Akshara Arambham) to induct children into formal schooling by writing the beejakshara ‘Om’ is also practised in the temple.
  • Offering a saree as a token of gratitude is a custom practised in the temple.
  • Visit the temple to seek blessings from Lord Shiva for health, wealth, and wisdom.

Entry Fee and Timings of Amrutesvara Temple

There is no entry fee to take Lord Shiva’s blessings. The temple is open every day from 4:30 am to 10:30 am and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

How to reach Amrutesvara Temple

Shimoga and Tarikere are important transit points to reach Amurthapura.

By Rail: The nearest station Tarikere is 11 km away. It will take 20 min to reach the temple from there.

By Road: Amrutesvara temple is well-connected by road routes. Buses ply from various nearby cities to the bus depot in Tarikere. You can also book a private cab from top car rental companies in Chikmagalur to reach the temple.

By Air: Mangalore and Bangalore International Airports are 220 km and 282 km away from the Amrutesvara temple.

Interesting facts about Amrutesvara Temple

  • A thorough representation of events from the Ramayana are depicted anti-clockwise, and the Mahabharata are depicted clockwise. You can also witness panels depicting events from Krishna's life.
  • The poetry made by medieval Kannada poet Janna, one of the region's most famous poets, is also inscribed on a big stone near the porch.
  • The lamp inside the temple is believed to be glowing for around 200 years and consumes a litre of oil every day.

Things to keep in mind while visiting Amrutesvara Temple

  • Follow the dress code to enter the temple.
  • Photography is permitted on the premises.
  • It is not recommended to touch the pillars.
  • Visit the temple between October and February as the temperature is not too high.

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