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Ikkeri, which means 'Two Streets' in Kannada, is a town situated near the city of Sagara in Shimoga District. This town is a must-visit place for those coming to Shimoga. It acted as the capital of the Keladi chiefs from 1560 AD to 1640 AD.

The Aghoresvara temple is the prime attraction of this site, which has been constructed using granite. It reflects some architectural elements from the styles of the Chalukyas, Dravida, Hoysalas, Deccan Sultanates and Vijayanagara. Stone walls of this temple are adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures, namely Erotica, Temple Relief, Sculpted Elephant and Old Kannada Manuscript, to name a few. On the western, eastern and northern sides, the temple has ornamental doorways; the northern doorway is flanked by two elephants.

Tourists visiting this temple can watch figures of Bhairava, Mahishasuramardini, Subramanya and Ganesh. At present, the entire responsibility of Aghoresvara temple has been given to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for maintenance and up-keeping.

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