Amaranarayana Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god of preservation, Vishnu, is known for its appealing architecture. The structure consists of a Navranga Mandapa and displays four sculpted stone pillars with exquisitely carved designs. It is believed that a statue belonging to the Hoysala dynasty was placed in the temple by King Vishnuvardhana.
While on a visit to Sringeri, travellers 'must visit' Adi Shankara Temple that is considered as one of the prime attractions of the destination. This temple is dedicated to Sage Adi Shankaracharya, who is known for spreading Adwaitha beliefs. A beautiful and magnificent Adi Shankaracharya statue positioned on a two feet high peetham can be seen at this temple.
This idol is in a yogasana posture and is placed right in front of the lingam. In the temple premises, tourists can see four statues of Shankaracharya followers. Religious activities like panchamrita abhishekha, archana and rudra abhishekha are usually performed in this temple. Pilgrims can visit Adi Shankara Temple from 7 am to 1 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm.
Travellers on a trip to Venur village are recommended to explore Adinatha Basadi that lies on the left side of the Kallu Basadi (Dobba Basadi). The prime attraction of this basadi is the statue of the presiding deity, Lord Adinatha, in Padmasana.
Located at a distance of 70 km from Davanagere, the village of Agasanahalli has a temple built for Lord Narasimha, in the form of Lord Subramanya. This is a very ancient temple and the history of the temple dates back to the age of saint Agastya who had once visited this village and performed penance. Hence, the village is named Agasanahalli. The sanctum sanctorum has an anthill with the image of Lord Narasimha—naturally formed—which is worshipped here. A lot of devotees flock in to seek blessings on no moon days and a car festival is celebrated with great devotion every once a year. The temple complex also has a shrine built for Lord Hanuman.
Ambigera Gudi is the group of three temples which are believed to have been constructed in 10th century. These temples are located within proximity of Durga Temple and Chikkigudi, just outside Aihole Fort. The largest of these three temples includes a rekhanagara tower and has been assigned to the 10th century.
There are several other mesmerising shrines at the location; thus, visiting this temple can be a good experience for tourists if they have time at hand while passing by Aihole.
Adumalleshwara Temple is one of the several attractions of Chitradurga. It is located around 5 km away from the Chitradurga Fort. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. To reach the temple, one has to either drive down or trek to the place.
The trek route is scenic, offering amazing views of the hills. During monsoon, the whole place would be misty and beautiful. The temple premises also has a zoo that has animals like bear, crocodile, peacock, rabbit, etc.
If time permits, tourists are recommended to explore Akkangala Basadi that is located on the western side of the Bahubali idol. Akkangala Basadi, otherwise known as Eda Basadi, was constructed by Malli Devi and Pandyakka Devi (two wives of King Thimmanna Jila) in 1604. The queens decided to build this basadi after taking blessings from Charukeerthi Swamy. Upon reaching the site, travellers will get the chance to see the idol of Chandranatha Swamy.
A visit to Adi Subrahmanya Temple, situated in proximity of Subrahmanya Temple, is recommended to tourists if they have time at hand. Valmmika, referred as an anthill, is placed inside the sanctum of the temple. The prehistoric anthills are prayed in the form of Adisesha and Vasuki. This shrine is bound with beautiful green forests and mountain streams.
As per the folklore, Lord Brahma, known as the cosmic creator, seeked permission for constructing his house at the site from Lord Subrahmanya. The place was the home of Lord Brahma; however, it lost its importance after Lord Yama cursed it. Pilgrims are offered anthills mrittika (earth) as prasad that is known to cure skin diseases.
Situated just 7-8 km from the Madikeri town, Abbey Falls is one of the most visited spots of Coorg. Appearing suddenly at the end of a narrow lane that passes in between the thick bushes of the private coffee plantations and the spice estates, Abbey Falls surprises visitors with the roaring sound that shatters the tranquility of the environment.
Though called Jessi waterfalls by the British in the memory of the daughter of Madikeri's first captain, it got its present name from the word “Abbe” or “Abbi”, which in Coorgie means waterfalls. Part of the Western Ghats, Abbey Falls is basically a combined stream that gushes down the rocky slopes in an enormous speed and hits the boulders and provides a spectacular sight of cascading water which settles down in a calm pool below.
The roaring sound of the waterfalls is a stark contrast to the otherwise tranquil environment of Coorg. As the water flows down in a speed it creates a layer of misty cloud that always hang over the mountains and provides a bewitching sight to the onlooker.
The falls gains its force during the monsoon as the force is high and usually diminishes in summer as the flow dries up this time. There is a hanging bridge opposite to the falls that provides a better view to the tourists. A Kali Mata Temple on the other side of the bridge is also not to be missed.
Travellers are recommended to visit Abhaya Mahaganapati Temple, also known as Kukke Shree Abhaya Mahaganapathi, on their trip to Kukke Subramanya. The temple exhibits Nepali style of architecture and houses a 21 ft high statue of Ganapathi, known to one of the biggest monoliths of the deity.
Akki Alur is a small village which became popular for a unique reason. Some years ago, a farmer found a pot of gold coins while ploughing the field. Interestingly, these were not Indian coins but belonged to the Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire). These mints were recovered and a research revealed that the coins were made in Constantinople (modern day Istanbul). Though not much information is available about the history behind these coins, it became the one of the only places in India where Byzantine coins are found. Akki Alur is a serene village in Hangal Taluk.
Ambalpady Mahakali Temple is located hardly 2 to 3 km from Udupi in Karnataka. There is an idol of Goddess Mahakali that is almost 6 ft in height. The name Ambalpady has been derived from the word Amba which means Mother and also Pady which means top of a hill.
Another major attraction of the temple is Oracle in which the Goddess talks to devotees through a person called Pathri. This particular event takes place every Friday evening. Personal problems of the people are heard as well as the required solutions are also given to the pilgrims.
Visitors are also advised to visit the Lakshmi Janardhan Temple of Lord Mahavishnu that is located near the Mahakali Janardhan Temple. Some of the major poojas that take place in the Ambalpady Temple include Theertha Snana, Rakshayantra, Kunkumarachane and Mahapooja.
The nearest railway station is Udupi. Transportation services including buses, taxis as well as auto-rickshaws are available to reach Ambalpady Mahakali Janardhan Temple. There are plenty of lodges available in Udupi for pilgrims to stay.
Tourists are recommended to visit Akkanabasadi Temple on their trip to Sravanabelagola. This pilgrimage site was built by the wife of Chandramouli (Brahmin minister of the Hoysala king Ballala II), Achiakka, in 1121. Built using soapstone, the temple represents the Hoysala architectural and sculptural style.
The prime attraction of the Akkanabasadi Temple is the 5-feet-tall statue of Lord Parshwanath. Apart from this, the temple consists of sanctum sanctorum (garbagriha), sukanasi, gopurams and sabha mantapa. Upon reaching the temple, devotees would also get the chance to explore beautifully carved figures of deities, namely Yaksha Dharanendra and Yakshi Padmavathi.
It is 'recommended' that travellers should explore the Adinarayanaswamy Temple that lies on top of Yellodu Hills in Kolar District. It is a cave temple that is situated at a distance of 12 km from Bagepalli. This pilgrimage site enshrines a stone statue of Udbhavamurthy sans ornaments and jewels.
On every Sunday, a special puja is performed at this site. Devotees across the country converge at Adinarayanaswamy Temple during the Car Festival that is organised on the third Sunday of Magha month, which falls between February and March.
In order to reach this temple, pilgrims need to climb a total of 618 steps. Out of 618 steps, the two steps close to this pilgrimage site are unusually high and can be crossed only with the assistance of a rope.