On the other bank of Kaveri that surrounds the island, Srirangapatna , are little, old hamlets with histories of their own. Historic monuments of their own.
Baburayanakoppal , on the bank opposite the Nimishamba bank of Srirangapatna : a farming community that hums around two temples of considerable antiquity.
The Shivalaya has been modernised with vitreous tiles, colourful porches etc . etc. but age shows in the squat pillars of the navaranga ( oil painted to glory ! ) , the Beautiful Ganesha and dwarapalas , the monolithic sthamba in front of the temple. Could be late hoysala.
The Narasimha temple seems run down. Was closed. Merits a second visit, if only for the evocative ashwathakatte......
Going down to the river, one is greeted by the sight of pieces of carving lying in the muddy river bed, underwater....and carved pillar captals , serving as boards to women washing clothes.
Well, they always said, temples are for people.!