The Channakeshava temple, also known as Vijayanarayana shrine in inscriptions is one of the most ornate Hoysala temples. It was built in A.D. 1117 by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana. This temple in east-west orientation, is built over a jagatiandhas a garbhagriha, antarala with sukanasa mahamandapa, and mukhamandap in north, east and south. While the sanctum is stellate, the mahamandapa and mukhamandapas are square in plan. Of the three mukhamandapas, only the eastern one has perforated screens and sculptured panels of royal personalities, a later addition in the time of Narasimha. The adhishthana mouldings have friezes of elephants, lions, horse riders and kirttimukha scrolls, and support the Chaturvimasati forms of Vishnu, Siva as Gajasuramardan Vamana, and Bali, Narasimha slaying Hiranyakashipu, Arjuna aiming at matsya-yantra, Rati and Manmatha. The sanctum has two-storied devakoshthas with images of Narayana, Vasudeva and Madhava. The temple is known for its exuberantly sculptured bracket figures placed in mukhamandapa, mahamandapa and mainly depicts female sculptures known as Madanikas. There are also few other subsidiary structures and shrines.
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