The 5th of February 2014 saw an eventful day for the history students of Class 11 of National Public School, Indiranagar, as they traveled to the Kolar region to appreciate famous architectural styles.
The first stop was at the Ganesha temple at Kurudamalai, which portrays early Vijayanagara and Hoysala architecture. The magnificent monolithic idol Ganesha is 13 feet long, 8 feet wide and the biggest in the world. It is said to be extremely powerful and is visited by many tourists. Alongside this temple, is a smaller Someshwara temple that is 1300 years old; it has no foundation and was expertly constructed without mortar.
Next on the list were the Shiva temples situated at Avani, which house shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, built by the Nolambas (feudatories of the Cholas) in the 8th and 9th centuries AD. The Shivalingas, which are nearly 6 feet in height, reflect the architectural marvel of the imperial Cholas of Thanjavur.
To conclude the trip, they went to the Someshwara Temple, built by the Rayas of Vijayanagar in the late 14th century. The stunning architecture and detailed sculptures and carvings that have stood the test of time, were keenly observed by the students. This temple contained four important sections: the Mukhamantapa, Navaranga, Sukhanasi and the Garbagriha. The temple portrays the Dravidian style of architecture, and the Gopura and Shikahara, exquisitely carved are a treat for connoisseur, of history and architecture.
The trip to the temples in Kolar proved to be fruitful, enabling students of the 21st century to gain historical knowledge about the regional architecture, culture and religion. Students were transported back in time and were in awe of the rich cultural heritage of Karnataka.