Aghoreshwara Temple

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Ikkeri is a historical village in Karnataka.The temple is a blend of Hoysala and Dravida style. The importance of Ikkeri is Aghoreshwara Temple in the center of the village. The Temple architecture is influenced by both Hoysala and Vijayanagar style. The temple tower is a standing example of the in-between style. In an account by Italian traveler Peitro della Valle, he describes a temple festival during his visit in the Keladi Nayakas period. The festival involved women dancing to the beats of Dandiya or Kolu sticks. The only reminder to the Nayakas era is this temple dedicated to Aghoresvara. History says that this temple was ransacked by Tipu Sultan during an invasion on Nayakas of Ikkeri. Ikkeri was made as the capital by Sadashiva Nayaka during 16th century. A separate shrine in the same compound is dedicated to goddess Parvathi. The huge stone Nandi is housed opposite to the temple in open stone mantapa. It is located at a distance of about 6 km to the south of the Sagara town in the Shimoga district...

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