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HALASI ( Kannada
Kannada
ಹಳಸಿ) also called as Halsi or Halshi, is a town in Khanapur
Khanapur
Taluk, Belgaum
Belgaum
District in Karnataka
Karnataka
, India
India
. It is 14 km from Khanapur
Khanapur
and about 25 km from Kittur . It is famous for having been the capital of a branch of Kadamba Dynasty
Kadamba Dynasty
. The town is rich in historical monuments and temples and is near Khanapur
Khanapur
.

Halasi
Halasi
is in Background of Western Ghats
Western Ghats
in lush green atmosphere. It was the second capital of the Kadambas
Kadambas
of Banavasi. The huge Bhuvaraha Narasimha temple has tall images of Varaha, Narasimha, Narayana and Surya. The place has a fort, and temples of Gokarneshswara, Kapileshwara, Swarneshwara and Hatakeshwara.

Halasi
Halasi
has groups of monuments like Kalmeswara, Suvarneswara, Ramalingeswara and Bhuvaraha temples.

CONTENTS

* 1 Kadambas
Kadambas
of Halasi
Halasi
* 2 Bhoo Varaha
Varaha
Laxmi Narasimha Temple * 3 Gallery * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links

KADAMBAS OF HALASI

Main article: Kadambas
Kadambas
of Halasi
Halasi

BHOO VARAHA LAXMI NARASIMHA TEMPLE

Bhuvaraha Narasimha temple Halasi, Karnataka
Karnataka

The Archaeological Survey of India
India
is looking after this ancient structure.

Halasi
Halasi
was called PALASIKA in ancient times and the Bhoo Varaha
Varaha
Laxmi Narasimha Temple is one of the best examples of the Kadamba style of architecture . The 50 feet tall tower of the inner shrine or garbhagruha is very similar to the Madhukeswar temple in Banavasi built by them.

According to historians, it was built during the Kadamba period or 5th century AD, and inscriptions inside the temple also support this. As per the records, it was built by Shivachitta. In 1169 AD, the idol of Ananta Viravikrama Narasimha installed by Matayogi.

According to a legend associated with this shrine, Pandavas built this temple overnight during their exile and worshiped Lord Vishnu here.

According to the temple priest, the two feet tall idol of Narasimha, on the left side of Vishnu, is swayambhu or udbhava and not sculpted by anybody. Inside the temple

There are two garbhagruhas facing each other. In the right one is the four feet idol of Lord Shri Vishnu
Vishnu
in a sitting posture. The idols of Suryanarayana and Mahalaxmi are just behind the main idol.

The garbhagruha on the left side has the idol of Bhoo Varaha
Varaha
Swamy. In 1186-87, a 5 feet standing idol of Varaha
Varaha
was installed by Vijayaditya III. Lord Vishnu's Varaha
Varaha
avatar , where he carries Mother Earth (or Bhoodevi ) on his tusk, can be seen. The beautifully carved lotus on the ceiling goes to prove that the Kadambas
Kadambas
patronised and developed their own art form.

Just outside the main temple are smaller temples dedicated to Ganesha , Shiva
Shiva
and Vitthala
Vitthala
. One fine statue of Radha Krishna can also be seen in a smaller shrine.

GALLERY

PHOTO GALLERY

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SEE ALSO

* Banavasi
Banavasi
* Goa
Goa
* Hangal * Kadamba Dynasty
Kadamba Dynasty
* Kamala Narayana Temple, Degaon (Degamve / Devgram) * North Karnataka
Karnataka
* Tourism in North Karnataka
Karnataka

REFERENCES

* ^ "Kadamba glory". Retrieved 2008-09-03.

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