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Kodandarama Temple, Hiremagalur
Kodandarama Temple is important attraction of Hiremagalur in Chikmagalur district.
Lord Rama is called Kodandarama here because Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana are depicted holding arrows.
The uniqueness of this temple when compared to other Rama Temples is that Goddess Sita is standing to his right and Lakshmana to his left. This is because to show Parashurama the scene of his marriage.
Kodandarama temple at Hiremagalur look like it has been built in three levels. This temple architecture is in the Hoysala style, so far as the Garbhagriha as well as Sukanasi are concerned, the remaining parts being additions in the Dravidian style. The current Navaranga is constructed in the 14th century A.D., but the Mukhamantapa (porch) belonging to the 16th century A.D.
Inside the Kodandarama Temple
Inside the Garbhagriha of Kodandarama temple, on the common Hanuman pedestal, 1.5 ft high, you will find idols of Kodandarama with Sita and Lakshmana. Rama and Lakshmana hold the arrows in their right hands and strung bows in their left hands. The images seem like of the later date and not of Hoysala period.
Inside the prakara (enclosure) of this Kodandarama temple at Hiremagalur, you will find little shrines containing the idols of Yoganarasimha, Sugriva, Kalinga, Mardhana, Ramanujacharya, Madhvacharya, Vedanta Desika, and many alwars.
Yoganarasimha, so called for the reason that his meditation posture, measures 1.06 metres high with a prabhavali on which the ten avatars are sculpted. But after Rama, Balarama and Krishna are engraved, with the Buddha omitted. That is common in some Srivaishnava representations of dashavataras since they give importance to Balarama.
The outer-walls of garbhagrha and sukansi have, besides pilasters as well as turrets, two rows of figures representing mostly Vishnu and his Avatars including Hayagriva, Narasimha, Lakshminarayana, Venugopala, Kalinga-Mardana as well as Govardhanadhari. In addition there are images of Lakshmi, Hanuman, Garuda and Ganapati.
A fair of Kodandarama temple is held for someday in February or March of every year. The temple also had a pond nearby and that is dry at present.
How to get there (Hiremagalur)
Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport
Nearest Railhead: Chikmagalur town does not have a railway station. The nearest railheads are located at Birur, Kadur and Tarikere
Road: Hiremagalur is well connected by road network.
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