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Temples in Karnataka


* 16 Nov 2021
The seven mukti stalas of Karnataka (Parasurama Kshetras)
- Udupi Bala Krishna - Gopala temple (seat of Madhvacharya, the founder of the Dvaita school of philosophy)
- Kollur Mookambika temple, in Udupi district (Shree Kshethram set up by Adi Shankaracharya)
- Gokarna Shiva temple in Uttara Kannada district (Atmalinga given by Lord Shiva to Ravana)
- Subrahmanya temple on the Kumara Parvata
- Kumbasi (Kumbhasi) Ganesha temple (Ganesha in standing posture).
- Kodeshwara / Kotilingeshwara temple (worshipped by Brahma)
- Sankaranarayana temple (there are two Lingams)
All of these shrines are also known as Parasurama Kshetrams, created on the land reclaimed from the sea by Parasurama.
Source: templenet.com


* 19 Oct 2021
Lingaraj temple - Pinterest collection
Amruteshvara Temple, Amruthapura, Chickmagalur district of, Karnataka
Amrita-dandanayaka, who was a general in the army of the Hoysala king Ballala II, caused the Amrutesvara temple to be constructed in the Hoysala style .
There is a stone stele engraved with an inscription composed by the celebrated thirteenth century Kannada poet Janna who was a court poet of the Hoysala king Ballala II and earned the title of ‘kavichakravarti’. Yashodhara Charite, Ananthnatha Purana and Anubhava Mukura are among is famous works.
A unique feature of the mukha-mandapa is its more than hundred miniature temple towers carved on its parapet wall. These models are carved in big and small sizes in alternate fashion. These are supported on pilasters arranged in star design. Few turrets show curvilinear rising which indeed is peculiar as such a design is not frequently seen in Hoysala temples.
There are several large panels on the upper part of the parapet wall depicting scenes from the Ramayana, Krishna's life and the Mahabharata.
The south side railing displays various scenes from Ramayana such as Putrakameshti Yajna, Rama proving his strength, Setu Bandhan, False heads of Rama and Lakshmana shown to Sita, Hanumana lecturing Ravana, Fall of Ravana, Sita’s reunion with Rama and Lakshmana.
To the right of the north entrance, there are twenty-five panels related to Krishna stories as depicted in Bhagavata Purana and another forty-five panels depicting early events of Mahabharata - Krishna-lilas starting with his birth in Kamsa’s prison, Bakasura Vatsasura Pralambasura vadhams, Kaliya nartanam, Govardhana Giri, end of Kamsa in the hands of Krishna.
Scenes from the Mahabharata such as Kunti with her five sons, seeking help from Bhishma, Lakshagrha on fire, Draupadi Svayamvara, Khandava Forest on fire, Shishupal Episode, Arjuna being granted Pashupata in the hands of Shiva. 
The tower of the temple is a seven story structure consisting of seven rows of indented square-shaped kirtimukhas. In each of these kirtimukhas are placed a form of Rudra. The top stone kalasa is no more there, it has been replaced with a metal kalasa. The tower projects over to sukanasi above which a Hoysala emblem is placed. This emblem depicts the fighting scene between Sala and a tiger.
To the south of the main temple, at right angle, is a Sarasvati Temple.
Source - Text and images in pinterest collection: Amruthapura - The Amruteshvara Temple by Saurabh Saxena, puratattva.in, December 7, 2015