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Hasanamba Temple Shasanada Kallu History
Shasanada Kallu

History - Background

The temple of Hasanamba is situated in Karnataka state in Hassan. Divinity Hasanamba is a goddess worshiped in the temple. The town was named after the temple’s name. There have been reports that in the 12th century the Temple was built, but it remains unknown who and how it was constructed.

Inside the temple is an ant-hill, representing God’s presence inside the temple. The holy temple is only open for one time a year, so people can plan to get darshan during this period.

The name Hassan is found for the first time in the hero stone incription – Shasanada Kallu (Viragallu Shilashasana) of 1140 AD at Kudregundi of Hassan Taluk. If such name was in public use already at that time, it can be undoubtedly concluded that, that name was in vogue from many years prior to it.

Hasanamba Temple Shasanada Kallu History
Shasanada Kallu

History - Background

The temple of Hasanamba is situated in Karnataka state in Hassan. Divinity Hasanamba is a goddess worshiped in the temple. The town was named after the temple’s name. There have been reports that in the 12th century the Temple was built, but it remains unknown who and how it was constructed.

Inside the temple is an ant-hill, representing God’s presence inside the temple. The holy temple is only open for one time a year, so people can plan to get darshan during this period.

The name Hassan is found for the first time in the hero stone incription – Shasanada Kallu (Viragallu Shilashasana) of 1140 AD at Kudregundi of Hassan Taluk. If such name was in public use already at that time, it can be undoubtedly concluded that, that name was in vogue from many years prior to it.

Historically, Hassan taluk has tended to be under Cholas administration. Then Bukkanaayaka was the regional Cholas representative. It is clear that over a century since the 11th century AD he and his successors ruled here. The Gangas of Talakad previously ruled the region, before Hoysalas were strong enough to stop the Cholas reign.

Sanjiva Krishnappa Naayaka was named as ruler of Channapatna by Hoysala Kings. It seemed that this regional leader was wealthy enough. He was obliged to take a stay once. When this travel began with a certain noble purpose from the city, no cat crossed the path (as it is considered an ill-omen). Rather, a rabbit came to the town from the opposite direction. This indicated that it would not serve the intent of the trip. He was so pained when the wise people told him. He wanted not only to end his journey but also to permanently leave the city.

Then Goddess Hasanamba materialized before him and believed to be said, “Son, cast away your sorrow. This place is appropriate to build a fort. So, settle on building a fort where the hare first began.” The location that she then revealed was in the old town of Hassan, where the Temple of Hasanamba is now situated. Sanjiva Krishnappa Naayaka built a fort and called it Hasana, as per the instruction of the goddess. He noticed her anthill-cum-stone presence and materialized in it to construct a temple. The origins of Hassan today date back to the 12th century.

The Goddess seems to have ensured herself as a village goddess. Close to this temple, there are temples of Doddabasadi and Virupaksha built almost at that time, as well as today’s Hasanamba stone temple.

History - Architecture

Hoysala architecture is known to represent the magnificent Hasanamba temple. The elegant structures show us numerous details about the regional dynasties. Most of the temples within the place were built by the Kings of the Hoysala dynasty, who were followers of Jainism and had their own rituals. During a visit to the temples in Hassan, you would have an opportunity to see some of the extravagance that portrays the culture and religion of Hoysala.

Archeological experts consider the Hasanamba Temple to be an example of the epitome of the Karnataka temple architecture. The town of Hassan dates to the 11th century and the temples around Hassan denote the numerous dynasties that have ruled ever since the 11th century. It was originally built in the tradition of the Hoysala dynasty, representing their faith in Jainism. Temples in the district of Hassan are some of the examples of the Hoysala tradition of temple architecture.

History - Architecture

Hoysala architecture is known to represent the magnificent Hasanamba temple. The elegant structures show us numerous details about the regional dynasties. Most of the temples within the place were built by the Kings of the Hoysala dynasty, who were followers of Jainism and had their own rituals. During a visit to the temples in Hassan, you would have an opportunity to see some of the extravagance that portrays the culture and religion of Hoysala.

Archeological experts consider the Hasanamba Temple to be an example of the epitome of the Karnataka temple architecture. The town of Hassan dates to the 11th century and the temples around Hassan denote the numerous dynasties that have ruled ever since the 11th century. It was originally built in the tradition of the Hoysala dynasty, representing their faith in Jainism. Temples in the district of Hassan are some of the examples of the Hoysala tradition of temple architecture.

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