One of the lesser-known architectural masterpieces of Lakkundi is the Kumbareshwara Temple built in the 11th – 12th century. This edifice is yet another excellent example of the famed Lakkundi school of architecture favoured by the Kalyani Chalukyas.
The temple is designed as a trikutachala (temple with three sanctums) with a shared mandapa and ranga mandapa. Interestingly, there are entrances in the cardinal directions. It is however, unclear who built this temple as it has fallen into ruin.
The external facades show a harmonious incorporation of North and South Indian architectural elements and artistic sense. Even the entrance doorway is richly decorated with sculptures, auspicious Hindu iconography, sacred Hindu symbols, floral and foliage patterns and repetitive motifs.
Lord Kumbareshwara in the form of Shiva Linga is installed in one shrine. It would appear that Lord Krishna is seated in the middle of the lintel over one entrance doorway. As most of the sculptures and carvings are either severely damaged or defaced, it is difficult to ascertain the other two deities that were consecrated here originally.
The only visitors to this temple today are snakes, so one needs to be very careful while walking around this temple.
Written by Lakshmi Subramanian
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