Bandalike ಬಂದಳಿಕೆ

Bandalike Temple Complex

About Bandalike Temple Complex

It’s rare to find a place that got heavily influenced by 3 major religions - Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism that resulted in the architectural marvel of Bandalike temple complex. 


Spread across 40 acres and once ruled by Changragupta, the complex has temples of various Gods including Veerabhadra temple, Someshwara temple, Trimurthi temple, Sahasralinga temple and Santhinatha Basadi. There are around 30 inscriptions written in old Kannada and Sanskrit which has seen mighty rulers like Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Kalachurias, Hoysalas, Yadavas and Vijaynagar Empire.


Each of the temples have different carvings and stories to tell about their era and its rulers. This place was a prosperous region in the 11th and 12th centuries and is now being maintained neat and clean with a garden for visitors. 

Inscriptions in Bandalike Someshwara temple Temple

About Bandalike

Bandalike or Bandanike of the inscriptions was an important town of Nagarakhanda-70. It was a well known centre of Jainism and Kalamukha sect. The importance of the place is well attested by the lithic records o11 the Rashtrakutas (Circa seventh-eighth century A.D.), Kalyani Chalukyas (Circa eleventh-tweth century A.D.), Kalachuris, Hoysalas -(Circa twelth century A.D.), Seunas (Circa thirteenth century A.0.), and Vijayanagara (Circa fifteenth-sixteenth century A.D.). It was a prosperous centre in the eleventh and twelth centuries during the period of the Chalukyas of Kalyana.


ಬಂದಳಿಕೆ ಅಥವಾ ಬಂದನಿಕೆ ಎಂದು ಶಾಸನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕರೆಯಲ್ಪಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಈ ಸ್ಥಳ ನಗರ ಖಂಡ-೭೦ ಎಂಬ ಪಟ್ಟಣವಾಗಿದ್ದು ಜೈನದರ್ಮ ಹಾಗೂ ಕಾಳಾಮುಖ ಶೈವ ಪಂಥದ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಕೇಂದ್ರವಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಈ ನೆಲೆಯು ಕ್ರಿ.ಶ. ೭ನೇ ಶತಮಾನದಿಂದ ೧೨ನೇ ಶತಮಾನದವರೆಗೆ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಕೂಟ, ಕಲ್ಯಾಣ, ಚಾಲುಕ್ಯ, ಕಳಚೂರ್ಯ, ಹೊಯ್ಸಳ, ಸೇವುಣ ಮತ್ತು ವಿಜಯನಗರ ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ನಗರವಾಗಿತ್ತು ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಆನೇಕ ಶಾಸನಗಳು ದೃಡಪಡಿಸುತ್ತವೆ. 

Trimurthi Narayana Temple

About Trimurthi Narayana Temple

The closest temple to the entrance is the resurrected triple-celled Trimurthi Narayana Gudi which is known for its symmetry. Though the interiors aren’t very spacious, but the artworks will surely make you appreciate the artisans who built this complex. 


Built in 1160 A.D., this is a Trikutachala (triple-celled) temple of the Kalyana Chalukyan period. The supers structure on the northern and southern shrines are intact and the western one has collapsed. Known for its elegance and symmetry, this temple in east west orientation has Siva-linga in the western and southern cells and the northern cell has a sculpture of Vishnu. All the three cells have vestibules with ornamental doorways flanked by niches. The western cell has well sculptured Simhalata of its Antarala doorway. The elevation of the temple is austere. The wall is relieved by niches surmounted by turret and sierfder pilasters. The superstructures over the Garbhagrihas are typical Tritala Vesara Sikhara featured with a square Stupi.

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ತ್ರಿಮೂರ್ತಿನಾರಾಯಣ ದೇವಾಲಯ, ಬಂದಳಿಕೆ

ಕ್ರಿ.ಶ.೧೧೬೦ ನಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಗೊಂಡಿರುವ ತ್ರಿಮೂರ್ತಿನಾರಾಯಣ ದೇವಾಲಯವು ಒಂದು ತ್ರಿಕೊಟಾಚಲ ಮಂದಿರವಾಗಿದ್ದು ಒಂದಕ್ಕೊಂದು ಹೊಂದಿಕೊಂಡಂತೆ ಇರುವ ಮೂರು ಗರ್ಭಗೃಹಗಳನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿದೆ . ಕಲ್ಯಾಣ ಚಾಲುಕ್ಯರ ಕಾಲಕ್ಕೆ ಸೇರಿದ ಈ ದೇಗುಲದ ಉತ್ತರ ಹಾಗೂ ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಭಾಗದ ಗರ್ಭಗೃಹದ ಮೇಲಿನ ಶಿಖರಗಳು ಸುಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಲ್ಲಿದ್ದು ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ಭಾಗದ ಶಿಖರವು ಭಗ್ನವಾಗಿದೆ.


ಭವ್ಯತೆಗೆ ಅಚ್ಚುಕಟ್ಟಾದ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ ಹೆಸರುವಾಸಿಯಾದ ಪೂರ್ವ-ಪಶ್ಚಿಮವಾಗಿ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾದ ಈ ದೇವಾಲಯ ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ಹಾಗೂ ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಗರ್ಭಗೃಹಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಶಿವಲಿಂಗವಿದ್ದು ಉತ್ತರದಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಷ್ಣುವಿನ ಮೂರ್ತಿಯಿದೆ. ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಗರ್ಭಗೃಹಗಳೂ ತಮ್ಮದೇ ಆದ ಅಂತರಾಳ, ಅಲಂಕೃತ ದ್ವಾರ ಹೊಂದಿರುವುದಲ್ಲದೆ ದೇವಕೋಷ್ಠಗಳನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. ಪಶ್ಚಿಮದ ಅಂತರಾಳ (ಸುಖವಾಸಿ) ದ್ವಾರದ ಲಲಾಟ ಭಾಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಂಹವಿದೆ. ದೇವಾಲಯದ ಹೊರಭಿತ್ತಿಯು ಸರಳವಾಗಿದ್ದು ತೆಳು ಅರೆಗಂಬಗಳನ್ನು ಆಧರಿಸಿದ ಕಿರುಗೋಪುರಗಳಿಂದ ಅಲಂಕೃತಗೊಂಡಿದೆ . ಗರ್ಭಗೃಹದ ಶಖರಗಳು ತ್ರಿತಲ ವೇಸರ ವಿಮಾನ ಮಾದರಿಯಲ್ಲಿದ್ದು ಶಿಕಾರಾಗ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಚೌಕಾಕಾರದ ಸ್ತೂಪಯನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿ ಕಲಶದಿಂದ ಅಲಂಕೃತಗೊಂಡಿದೆ.

Someshwara temple Temple - Bandalike

About Someshwara Temple

Also known as Anekalsomeyya and Boppesvara temple, this was constructed by Boppa Setti in 1274 AD. Constructed in the Chalukyan style, the Someshwara temple has beautiful screens depicting the Ramayana and Mahabharata like Ram Sita wedding, her abduction, Pandavas and Kauravas game of dice scene etc.


This is an austere temple with a Garbhagriha, Antarala, and a pillared Mandapa with a porch in east-west orientation. The entrance doorway is ornate with as many as four door jambs which at the base has well sculptured Dwarapalas and apsara figures. The jambs are of ornate variety with creeper decorations. The lintle at the center has Gajalakshmi. On either side of the door are artistically sculptured, perforated screens which alternating with narrative friezes depicting episodes from the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. The sanctum is bereft of any images. Inside the Mahamandapa are six niches, two flanking the Antarala and three each in the northern and south walls of the Mandapa, the central one being larger.

Bandalike - Karnataka - Ramayana and Mahabharata Inscriptions

ಸೋಮೇಶ್ವರ ದೇವಾಲಯ, ಬಂದಳಿಕೆ

ಆನೆಕಾಲು ಸೋಮಯ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಭೊಪ್ಪೇಶ್ವರ ಎಂಬ ಹೆಸರಿನಿಂದಲೂ ಕರೆಯಲ್ಪಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಸೋಮೇಶ್ವರ ದೇವಾಲಯವನ್ನು ಕ್ರಿ.ಶ. ೧೨೭೪ ರಲ್ಲಿ ಬೊಪ್ಪಸೆಟ್ಟಿ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಿದನು. ಸಾಧಾರಣ ಶೈಲಿಯ ಈ ದೇವಾಲಯ ಪೂರ್ವಾಭಿಮುಖವಾಗಿದ್ದು ತಲವಿನ್ಯಾಸದಲ್ಲಿ ಗರ್ಭಗೃಹ, ಅಂತರಾಳ, ಸ್ತಂಭಗಳ ಮಂಟಪ ಮತ್ತು ಮುಖ ಮಂಟಪವನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. 


ಪೂರ್ವ ದ್ವಾರವು ನಾಲ್ಕು ಶಾಖೆಗಳ ದ್ವಾರಬಂಧವನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿದ್ದು ಹೂಬಳ್ಳಿಗಳಿಂದ ಅಲಂಕೃತವಾಗಿವೆ. ಪ್ರಸ್ಥೂತ ಗರ್ಭಗೃಹದಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಗ್ರಹವಿಲ್ಲ, ದ್ವಾರ ತಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಸುಂದರವಾಗಿ ಕೆತ್ತಲ್ಪಟ್ಟ ದ್ವಾರಪಾಲ ಮತ್ತು ಅಪ್ಸರೆಯರ ಶಿಲ್ಪಗಳವೆ. ಲಲಾಟಬಿಂಬದಲ್ಲಿ ಗಜಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿಯ ಚಿತ್ರಣವಿದೆ. ದ್ವಾರದ ಎರಡು ಬದಿಯಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಜಾಲಂದ್ರ ಕಿಟಕಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಮಾಯಣ - ಮಹಾಭಾರತ ಕಥಾನಕಗಳ ನಿರೂಪಣಾ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳಿವೆ. ಮಂಟಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಅರು ದೇವಕೋಷ್ಠಕಗಳಿವೆ.

Incomplete temples - Bandalike

There are also some incomplete temples which will give you a glimpse of how the temples were designed and constructed at various stages during that time.

The Veerabhadra temple, an avatar of Lord Shiva belongs to Hoysala heritage with weapons and shields embellished.

The Sahasralinga temple was constructed by Macchayya Dannayaka in 1063 AD and is dedicated to Lord Shiv with a huge linga.

The Shanthinatha Basadi temple is a Jain temple renovated in 1200 AD.

There are hero stones depicting various battle scenes showing swords, spears, arrows and shields carved and dug into the ground.

When the Vijaynagar Empire was defeated in 1565, Bandalike was subject to rampant looting of all its wealth. The earlier vandalism took place at the time of Malik Kafur in 1321 AD, who was famous for raiding looting the wealth of all South Indian temples. Restoration works are done by the authorities to maintain the complex. All the temples feel cool when you step inside.

Best time to visit Bandalike Temple Complex

Anytime is perfect to visit except for monsoon. This is because during monsoon the roads become very muddy and it is difficult to drive your car that can get stuck in such conditions. There is also no place to stay nearby so ensure your trip is a single day trip. 

How to reach Bandalike

The best way to reach Bandalike temple is via road transportation due to lack of public one. 

The village is located 79 KM towards North from Shivamogga, 24 KM from Shikarpur and 353 KM from Bangalore. Buses from Siralkoppa are available however frequency is less. You can arrange your food at Siralkoppa and for accommodation try at Shimoga.

Places around Bandalike

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