MahA Lakshmi Temple
As you drive down from Hassan enroute Belur & Halebedu, you will find a small village called Doddagaddavalli, situated it is just 16 kms away from the Hassan town. The MahA Lakshmi temple at Doddagaddavalli is considered to be one of the earliest temples built in the Hoysala style.
It is said that a
merchant called Kullahana Rahuta and his wife Sahaja Devi in 1114 AD
constructed this temple. The MahA Lakshmi temple here is situated in a
courtyard, enclosed by a seven-feet-high stonewall. The temple has two
main entrances - one facing east and the other facing west. Some of the
main attractions of the temple here are the four small shrines surmounted
by stone towers and the Hoysala crests found at the corners of the
enclosure. The groups of stone towers are constructed on the lines of
Kadamba Naagara style, resembling pyramids from one end, and 18 carved
pillars support the mantapa in the front.
The main temple is for MahA Lakshmi and other are Aniya Devatha's. You can see the beauty of the Temple. A Vaishnava Priest only does the Pooja.
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