Frozen Music

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“I call architecture Frozen Music!”

Tucked in the quaint village of Doddagaddavalli, district Hassan of Karnataka lies a yet-undiscovered Hoysala Dynasty jewel, the “Lakshmi Devi temple”.

Built by King Vishnuvardhan of the mighty Hoysala Empire in c. 1114 C.E., this temple has its uniqueness in housing four deities in four separate shrines with a common prayer hall or mantapa. Such temple structures are known as “chatuskuta”, where “chatuh” means four and “kuta” means shrines.

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