Amaragiri Malekal Tirupati Hill
Amaragiri Malekal Tirupati Hill is situated near Arsikere in Hassan District of Karnataka and famous for Shri Lakshmi Venkataramana Swamy temple. The 800-year old temple is an architectural marvel, renowned for its beautiful carvings of the Hoysala era. Atop the hill you can see a stone mantapa. Arisikere is well connected to Belur, Halebid and Mysore through regular bus services. Bangalore airport is the closest or you have the option of taking a train from Hassan. By road you can get to Arisikere from Hassan, which has good connectivity to Mysore, Madikerei, Chickmagalur and Mangalore. It is about 115 km from Mysore and 187 km from Bangalore.
Amaragiri Malekal Tirupati Temple has an amalgamation of the North Indian Nagara style and the Dravidian style of architecture, which is the Chola and Pandya style. The temple and the remarkable sculptures were constructed using soapstone, perhaps because it was smooth and pliable. The classic features of the Hoysala architecture are miniature carvings and attention to detail which you can notice here. The pillars in the temple have beautiful carvings. The Amaragiri Malekal Tirupati Temple has 1300 steps. The main deities are Venkataramanaswamy and Goddess Lakshmi.
The temple architecture at the Amaragiri Malekal Tirupati temple is a combination of the Nagara style of North India and the Dravidian style. The Chola Pandya style of architecture is clearly reflected in the architecture of this temple. The architectural grandeur of the temple is simply superb. The basic raw materials used for the sculptures were soapstone as it was smooth and pliable. Attention to details and the miniature carvings were the main features of the Hoysala architects which are clearly reflected in the architecture of the Karnataka temples.
The annual Brahmotsavam at this temple is held with great pomp and grandeur. Places of tourist interest nearby include Shasrakuta basadi, Kattameshwara temple, Haluvokkalu Temple, Sahasrakuta Jinalaya and the Swethambara temple.
How to reach Amaragiri Malekal Tirupati Hill
By Bus: Regular buses connects Arsikere with Hassan, Belur, Halebid and Mysore.
By Air: Nearest airport is at Bangalore.
By Rail: Arsikere Junction Railway Station is the nearest railway station. The railway Station is on the Mysore- Hubli line.