Aghoreshwara Temple

Aghoreshwara Temple

Ikkeri is a historical village in Karnataka. It is located at a distance of about 6 km to the south of the Sagara town in the Shimoga district. It was the erstwhile capital of the Keladi Nayakas. Ikkeri is a historical village in Karnataka. It is located at a distance of about 6 km to the south of the Sagara town in the Shimoga district. It was the erstwhile capital of the Keladi Nayakas.Ikkeri was the capital of the rulers of the Keladi Nayaka dynasty for 120 years during the 16th-17th centuries. During their rule the Keladi rulers built temples, citadel and a palace in Ikkeri. At that time Ikkeri also had a mint that minted coins.

A lot has changed since those ancient times and Ikkeri has lost much of its grandeur. But some traces of its glorious past exist even today in the form of the famous 

Amidst the charm and beauty of Malnad stands the ancient Aghoreshwara Temple in Ikkeri. This shrine served as an important location in the past as Ikkeri was the capital of Nayaks of Keladi. The Aghoreshwara Temple stands a testimony to a local kingdom and its passion tonwards architecture. Ikkeri is around 6km from the town of Sagara. It is a must to visit this ancient temple on your trip to this beautiful place.

Sagar is the town which is surrounded by well-known tourist destinations in Shimoga.
Structure of Aghoreshwara Temple Shiva is the primary deity of Aghoreshwara Temple. The temple is a granite structure with rich carvings and a vast premises. It looks simple yet exotic in the way of its construction. The Aghoreshwara Temple has Hoysala-Dravidian style of architecture with a touch of Vijayanara style. The intricate carvings on the walls of the temple showcase any excellent craftsmanship.
Along with the main shrine of Shiva, there is a shrine for his mount Nandi facing the idol. Ganesha, Subrahmanya and Mahishasuramardhini are also housed in different sub-shrines within the premises. Another interesting aspect of Aghoreshwara Temple is the erotic carvings. This is one of the unusual elements found in the temple.

How to Reach Ikkeri

Ikkeri is around 8km from Sagara. It is easily accessible by road. Tourists can either take local buses or autorickshaws from Sagara to reach Ikkeri. Sagara is a prominent town in Shimoga. It is connected by road and rail transport with other major cities of Karnataka. So, don’t miss out on visiting this beautiful temple town in Sagara.