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Khandya in Chikmagalur
Khandya is a scenic and popular holy place located in Chikmagalur district.
Khandya is about 43 Km west of Chikmagalur on the banks of River Bhadra. Khandya is considered as one of the Panchakshetras.
The main attraction of this Khandya is Sri Markandeshwara Temple, a temple dedicated to lord Shiva. The history of this temple dates back to the 16th century. The temple is said to have been built by Venkatappanayaka (of Belur or Ikkeri)
The Markandeshwara temple is one of the 3 important temples in Khandya. The temple is a homogenous structure of the Post-Vijayanagar style. This temple consists of a Garbhagriha protecting an old Shiva Linga, a Sukhanasi with a circumambulatory path and a Navaranga having 4 granite pillars. The pillars have cubical moldings, octagonal shafts and wheel-shaped tops. The pictures of Virabhadra, Bhairava, Garuda and Hanuman are carved on the pillars.
How to reach Khandya:
Nearest Airport: Bangalore or Mangalore
Nearest Railway Station: Shimoga
Road: Khandya is well connected by road network except hill Ghats at some section.
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