Most Famous Vesara Temple Architectures

20th May, 2024

The Vesara style of temple architecture, characterized by its blend of Dravidian and Nagara elements, is exemplified in several magnificent temples across India. Here are ten of the most famous Vesara temples

1. Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Nuggehalli

– Located in Karnataka, this Hoysala temple is renowned for its intricate carvings and star-shaped platform.

2. Chennakesava Temple, Somanathapura

– Another Hoysala masterpiece in Karnataka, known for its detailed sculptures and unique stellate plan.

3. Kedareshwara Temple, Balligavi

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4. Mallikarjuna Temple, Pattadakal

– Part of the Pattadakal group of monuments in Karnataka, this temple showcases mature Vesara architecture with elaborate carvings and a distinctive tower.

5. Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal

– Also in Pattadakal, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a prime example of Vesara style, reflecting both North and South Indian architectural influences.

6. Kashi Vishwanatha Temple, Pattadakal

– Another gem in the Pattadakal complex, this temple is noted for its detailed friezes and architectural elegance.

7. Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebidu

-- Located in Karnataka, this temple is celebrated for its ornate sculptures and detailed relief work, epitomising the Hoysala contribution to Vesara architecture.

8. Javari Temple, Khajuraho

– Although primarily Nagara in style, the Vesara influence is evident in its architectural details and layout.

9. Banashankari Amma Temple, Badami

-  Situated in Karnataka, this temple reflects the Vesara style with its unique structural design and intricate carvings.

10. Veerabhadra Temple, Lepakshi

– Located in Andhra Pradesh, this temple is famous for its large frescoes and architectural grandeur, showcasing the fusion of various styles typical of Vesara architecture.