The Doddagaddavalli Lakshmi Temple

About 3 hours away from Bangalore, India, is a beautiful hermit temple called the Doddagaddavalli Lakshmi shrine (pronounced "Dodda-gaddha-vallee"). If you have been waiting to explore some of Karnataka's off beat getaways, this is one treasure trove indeed!


The shrines of Doddagaddavalli Lakshmi Temple complex


The entrance to the main shrine of Goddess Lakshmi


The uber-cool, stone pillared, inner sanctum of the temple


The corner stone temples at the edges of the complex are partly dilapidated, but some are still used for worship even today




Built in the early twelfth century, during the reign of King Vishnuvardhana of the Hoysala dynasty. The temple complex features a walled enclosure within which four shrines are located - these are connected by a common hallway. The simplistic decorative style of the conical domes ("gopuras" or "vimanas") as compared to the later creations of the dynasty, is still quite inspiring, with the block style layers, as observable in these pictures below.


How to get to Doddagaddavalli?

  • Doddagaddavalli is 200 kilometres from Bangalore on the Bangalore-Hassan highway
  • Use this marker for navigating to the location
  • Takes about 3 hours from Bangalore (which is accessible by train, airplane and bus)
  • Vehicles can be parked outside the temple complex
  • This temple can be visited as a stopover, on the way to Hassan (nearest train/bus station)
  • Other destinations in the vicinity include Belur, Halebeedu and Chikmagalur


What to expect?

  • Best time to visit is early in the mornings
  • Spend between one to two hours at this sparsely crowded temple - enjoy the solitude!
  • There is a pond behind the temple, which is worth a visit
  • The sanctum of the temple is always cool due to the structural composition of the pillars
  • Paddy fields in the neighbourhood are a definite add-on to explore!



Some more pictures to inspire your quest to visit:


Such a picturesque architectural marvel, don't you agree?


Are quaint doorways your thing?


Cloudy mornings in off beat Karnataka, truly the essence of the 'one state, many worlds' ideology


After a session of waltzing in the paddy fields!



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