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- MALLIKARJUNA JYOTIRLINGA
This novelty, as the word goes is due to the impact of Buddhism that
held its sway during Acharya Nagarjuna's period.
Another oddity discernable is, the priests here are Jangama
Lingayats, testifying to the fact that the temple was managed and
dominated by Virasaivas for long, though the administration was in
the hands of Pushpagiri Brahmins. The sacred shrine is quite
imposing in architectural design with Garbha griha, Mukha mantap,
Ranga mantap and Virasaiva mantap. The Vimana and Sikhara with
dazzling kalasam atop and adorned by images of Nandis on all sides
make a grand appeal, and the sculptural adornments lift the souls of
the devotees. The monolithic Nandi installed opposite the Sivalinga
is huge in size and goes by the name of Sanagalabasavanna.