The temple is a 3 layered complex. The inner sanctuary was built by the Satavahana dynasty as early as 2nd Century. The middle complex with the stage for Narthakis (courtroom dancers) and the Nandi statue were built by Kadambas (325-500). The outer complex was built by Chalukyas of Badami.
The great Nandi looks at Madhukeshwara with one eye, and with the other it looks at Uma Idol in another direction. The wonder, however is the fact that the Uma Idol lies way across a labyrinth of pillars, and yet the eye of the Nandi is clearly visible from the idol without any obstruction.
This architectural brilliance is supposed to have come from the mind of "Amarashilpi Jakanachari" , a famed sculptor of Chalukya and Hoysala dynasty.
We caught a bus to Sagar from the bus stand and en route, went on a safari at Thavarekoppa Tiger and Lion reserve. Post lunch, we caught a bus to Chikmagalur. We knew we had arrived, when we saw the lush green valleys and feel the pleasant climate. After Booking a room at local Prakash Lodge, we went around the city at night.