Anekere is a small village belonging to Channarayapatna Taluk of Hassan District. It is home to one of the beautiful temples built by the Hoysalas and dedicated to 'Lord Chennakeshava (Vishnu)'. The two distinct features of this temple are the Temple Compound Wall and the Khalasa on the Temple Shikara. The Khalasa here is supposedly the largest one found in the state.
|The Big Khalasa|
The temple is a perfect example of Hoysala architecture, though smaller in size when compared to the other Hoysala temples. On keenly observing, we found an interesting feature on its Navaranga Ceiling wherein, its central portion is carved in a way that it resembles a Conch (Shanka). The entrance has a beautiful porch.
|Outer Porch Ceiling|
|The Grand Entrance and the Front Porch|
|Lion Face Carving|
|Garbagriha Door Frame|
|Temple Entrance Door Frame|
|Antique Tulasi Pot|
It is surprising that this wonderful temple is not yet under the purview of the ASI. The temple has been renovated with the help of Shri Dramasthala Manjunatha Trust. As the priest was unavailable during our visit, the only information we got of the temple from the locals was that it was built by the Hoysalas.
|Another View of the Temple|
|Ancient Temple Compound Wall|