Arkavati Dam and Mallikarjuna Temple — Basaralu
October 24, 2011 2 Comments
When visiting sangam/mekedatu there is one dam which was always evading me. Though I had seen the signboard numerous times I never did consider visiting it. While checking for places that can be covered, in a day I chanced upon Harobele Dam, which caught my attention.
Since I had to go to mysore, I decided to cover this along with a few other places before reaching mysore.
Research on where to go apart from the dam lead me to mallikarjuna temple in basaralu which is 30 kms from Mandya. I was in no hurry to reach mysore so decided to explore the dam and then head to mandya and visit the temple before reaching mysore
Fact File about Harobele Dam
Harobele or Arkavati Dam is built on the river arkavati. The dam supplies water to kanakapura and nearby. While popular tourist spots such as sangam, mekedatu and cunchi falls are heavily polluted, the dam is free from any of this, which is a good sign. It would be helpful if ppl who plan on visiting the dam dont litter the place, with junk
Distance From Bangalore : 90 kms
How to reach: Take the sangam road from kanakapura and stay on the road till you see a board pointing the direction towards arkavati dam. The dam is 5 kms from the signboard
Road Conditons: Not so good after taking the left from the signboard
I reached the dam around 11 went inside, to take some snaps. The place was relatively empty except for a couple of workers. Took a few snaps of the dam and the landscape and went to have a chat with the workers. I was told that the dam was constructed to provide water for kanakapura and nearby towns. The dam was constructed in the 80′s, however as always the dam was completed after few years due to red tapeisim and lacks of funds. Now the dam serves a very important purpose.
Few snaps of the dam and the landscape
The mallikarjuna temple in basaralu is one of the typical hoysala temples. It was built by one harihara nayaka who was the commander in cheif under the hoysala king raja imadi narasimha.
The temple is built in a typical hosyala style with the base being star shaped. The carvings depict various stories from the mahabharata n the puranas.
The shikara contains the hoysala emblem which adds to the grandeour of the temple.
Shikara and the Hoysala Emblem
The place is maintained well by the ASI
The temple has beautiful Dravidian Shikhara on its main garbhagriha, which houses a “Balahari Shivalinga” and a beautiful lotus on the ceiling . The two small garbhagrihas facing each other, housed a “Naga Nagini” sculpture in one and the “Surya Deva” (Sun god) in the other. The vestibule has the symbol of Hoysala , Sala killing a lion .
Note: Photography is not allowed inside the sanctum scrotum
Mallikarjuna Temple Fact File
Name of the temple: Mallikarua Temple
Built in : 13th Century AD
How to reach: Bangalore->Mysore highway->Mandya->Take right to chick mandya-> Take Left to basaralu.
Total Distance: 130 Kms
Road Conditions: Few potholes along the way, overall road conditions are OK
Snaps can be found here