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Kalasi is located at a distance of 8 Km from Sagar on the way to Sorab.
Kalasi is one of the important historical places in Sagar taluk after Ikkeri and Keladi.
The main attraction of Kalasi is Twin temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Mallikarjuna Temple and Lord Neelakanteshwara Temple.
The twin temples at Kalasi have been constructed in 12th century and they are the fine examples of Hoysala architecture. It is said to be constructed by father and son sculptors, Jankana and Dakkana.
These temples were constructed during 1812 AD using the stone called Somanatha Shile, the temples reveal the artistic magnificence of the Hoysala architecture.
Mallikarjuna Temple at Kalasi
Mallikarjuna Temple is the biggest temple at Kalasi. This temple has a Garbhagriha, Sukanasi, Rangamantapa and Basavamantapa. The temple is constructed with three entrances at three directions. The uniqueness of the Mallikarjuna Temple at Kalasi is except Sukanasi, the other front part of the temple built with half walls. This provides the temple with unique brightness.
The Neelakanteshwara Temple is about 30 feet away from Mallikarjuna Temple. The temple features a Gopura atop Garbhagriha. You can also see the statue of Goddess Bhuvaneshwari and the emblem of Hoysalas.
Apart from these temples, you can also see an very old port in the forest around these temples in Kalasi with wells, ponds and the drainage system of that time.
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Mangalore
Nearest Railway Station: Shimoga, Sagar
Road: Kalasi is well connected by road network. It is situated at a distance of 8 km from Sagar town and one has to travel along Soraba Road for 6 km and take a diversion in Ulavi road at the place a name board mentioning Kalasi is seen and from this place it is just 1 km journey into the village.
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