Vasanthika Hoysala Temple, Angadi

Hoysala Temple - Angadi, Mudigere

Place: Angadi – Vasanthika Hoysala Temple
Distance: 16 Kms
Region: Mudigere
Type: Historical Place

About 18 kilometers from Mudigere, this village is known today as Angadi and lies nestled between coffee plantations and open fields of the Western Ghats. The Durga temple still stands, as witness to the legend of the Hoysalas. And of their first capital remain the ruins of three temples, dedicated to Lord Keshava, Lord Veerabhadra and Lord Mallikarjuna respectively.

Angadi which means a market place or shop is 18 km south of Mudigere Town. This place has been identified as Sasakapura or Sosevur which was the original home of Hoyasalas who rose to great power in South India. The shrine here has pillars of granite with cylindrical shafts and hemi spherical mouldings. Three other ruined temples were dedicated to Keshava, Veerabhadra, and Mallikarjuna. The priest narrates the story and will show you the temple where Sala killed the tiger. Although, historians disapprove the myth; and believe that the Basadis here were the earliest of the monuments built by the Hoysalas. One can find the uphill of dense coffee plantations through rugged paths. A tourist can also visit Chennakesava, Patalarudreshwara and Mallikarjuna temples nearby to the Angadi temple. The surroundings are musical with the chirping of the birds among the verdant plantations.