Amazing Aarti to Shiva @ 900 years old Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple Shri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is around 900 years old, built in Western Chalukya architecture style also known as Kalyani Chalukya. Horantur Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple, Horantur, Koppa Taluk, Chikkamagalur District.
Horantur is also called as Yethnatti and it is 13 Km from Sringeri. Chalukyan temples fall into two categories — the first being temples with a common mantapa (a colonnaded hall) and two shrines (known as dvi kuta) and the second being temples with one mantapa and a single shrine (eka kuta). Since the contribution of Kalyani Chalukya had very great prominence during his reign (Chalukya dynasty), the Lord Shri Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple is now under the protection of the Archeological Department.
Lord Shiva who killed the demons at this place and revealed himself in a form of Lingam and is known as Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy. This shrine belongs to Eka kuta category which consist of a Mahamantapa, three Navaranga connecting the sanctum and outer Mandapa and a Rangamantapa, three Dwaar and a Garbhagriha. These three Navaranga have Mahamantapas that are fabulous and spectacularly incarnated by Kalyani Chalukya and these in turn leads us to Sukanasi.
Sukanasi finally leads us to Garbhagriha where Lord Shiva resides. The Shiva Lingam is of 4 feet height.
The Rangamantapa has 12 pillars which are triangular in all three directions and is 8 feet high and 4 feet wide, where we can find Lord Ganesha who is 5 feet tall and Lord Subramanya, Karnataka along with Lord Mallikarjuna Swamy.
There are three entrances. Each of these dwaars are beautifully incarnated with the traditional design that influences the Western #LordShiva
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