Recently, a Hoysala-era idol of Goddess Kali of the Lakshmi Devi Temple at Doddagaddavalli, Karnataka has been found damaged.

Key Points

  • Lakshmi Devi Temple:
    • Lakshmi Devi temple was built by the Hoysalas in the year 1114 CE during the rule of king Vishnuvardhana.
    • The building material is Chloritic schist, more commonly known as soapstone.
    • The temple does not stand on a jagati (platform), a feature which became popular in later Hoysala temples.
    • The temple is a chatuskuta construction (4 shrine and tower). The towers are in Kadamba nagara style. The mantapa is open and square. The reason for the square plan is the presence of shrines on all four sides of the mantapa.
    • There is a separate fifth shrine of Bhairava, an avatar of Lord Shiva.
    • The main deity is Goddess Lakshmi whereas all Hoysala temples are dedicated to either Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and in some cases to Jains.
    • An archaeological Survey of India (ASI) monument and is also among the monuments proposed for the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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