Day 2 arrives fresh and sunny. We skeptically switch on the TV and get to know India has beaten Pak (yay!). When we had started from home, the rough plan was to visit Shravanbelagola and then head back, since this was a visit of just two days, and extending the weekend was out of question, owing to other commitments.
However, going to Shravanbelagola means walking up hundreds of steps. Driving back after that would be quite strenuous. We decide to give it a skip. Luckily I have googled a bit earlier (and gone through a few blogs, especially THIS one). Also, instead of the typical Belur-Halebidu-
Shravanabelagola circuit, we want to visit some lesser known places in the district. Therefore, we decide to visit a village named Mosale, where the Nageshvara-Chennakeshava Temple complex is located.
We have a heavy breakfast, as is usual on any trip, and set off to Mosale. It is unexpectedly hot even this early in the day, and quite dusty in the city limits. Once we are out into the highway, it's more pleasant, though driving is an absolute nightmare. There are tractors approaching on the wrong direction! We are on the look out for a rusty old board on the right side of the road. From here one has to take the narrow road that leads inwards.
Now this part of the drive is very beautiful. We pass through quaint villages. There are children enjoying their Sunday. There is a pond glittering in the morning light. We drive through vast farmlands. Fields are being ploughed. Fresh gobi fields, coconut groves, corn fields - you name it and you'll find it!
At one point the road is so narrow, and on both sides, houses line the roads. We get a feeling of driving through someone's private yard. There is a huge cow resting with her hind-limbs spread at an angle on the road, and we carefully maneuver past her, lest she gets hurt. There is a man who's come to sell his wares on his mobile 'shop', that consists of a wooden frame tied to his motorcycle. He has everything ranging from bangles to plastic pots to general cutlery. One can easily tell from the looks on the faces of the passers by, that this place does not see many visitors. A good sign, I reckon.
Finally we are at the last stretch of the road, at the end of which rises the temple complex, tiny when compared to the structures we've visited yesterday. We park the car in the middle of the road as there is no other place to do so, and set out to explore.
Read also: Hoysala Grandeur: A Snapshot (Part 1), To Hassan (Part 2), To Hassan (Part 2), Chennakeshava Temple, Belur (Part 3), Inside the Chennakeshava Temple (Part 4), Flamboyant Walls (Part 5), The Old Town: Halebidu (Part 6), Mosale banthu Mosale (Part 8), Lakshmi Devi Temple, Doddagaddavalli (Part 9), Wall Art at Doddagaddavalli (Part 10)