Designing a Hoysala style temple in today’s times..

As we do away with most traditions and legacies despite their utilities, some people are trying to revive the same.

Came across this fascinating piece on how a new temple in Karnataka will be based on Hoysala style of archutecture. Even more interesting (and depressing) is to see a Welshman leading the project:

An architectural style that goes back 800 years, a plan for an ornate 21st century temple built out of soapstone in an obscure village, and an architect from Wales to see it through.

That is the story of the Hoysala-inspired Lord Venkateshwara temple at Venkatapura, a few km away from Mulbagal in Kolar district of Karnataka. The usually quiet hamlet hums with activity as people make a clearing, where the fields lead to a plateau.

The temple, designed in the striking Hoysala style, will come up on seven acres of land here, funded by donations.

The structure shuns modern-day cement. Floated by a public trust, it promises to be bigger than the Belur Chennakeshava temple. Leading the team is architect Adam Hardy, Professor of Asian Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.

The Vimana, or tower, will stand 108 feet tall.

The temple has been commissioned by a public trust. “It was my father’s dream to have a temple in Venkatapura,” says Aravind Reddy, from the same village and treasurer of the Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara Hoysala Art Foundation. “I have always been fascinated by Hoysala architecture and wanted to revive the tradition. When we started, we planned a small temple with a budget of ₹15 to ₹20 lakh,” he says. The project is now estimated to cost at least ₹300 crore.

It is even more depressing to go to any of these historic temples in India. Instead of emphasizing on architecture and design of these grand temples, all we see is public loot. There is no availability of literature on the temple, few boards (whatever little are there, they are just desecrated) and people trying to make money from visitors by whatever means.

What tragedy..

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