Contributed by Jacqueline Suthren Hirst
In the small village of Yamanur, Dharwad District, Karnataka, southwest India, stands a place of worship. It is called the ‘Rajabag Savar or ChangadevTemple’. Below is a picture of part of the shrine complex, showing the courtyard and temple entrance.
In his study of Yamanur, on which much of this case study is based, Jackie Assayag (2004) provides a sketch of the shrine’s layout.
1 Brahmadeva 7 Main sanctuary
2 Graves 8 Cradle
3 Neem tree 9 Trustee meeting room
4 Platform 10 Hubli-Sholapur road
5 Pujari’s house 11 Pillar-lamps (dipa-stambha)
6 Kettledrum 12 Surrounding wall
Before you read on, you might want to look at the layout and key and ask yourself what kind of a shrine you think it might be. And who would worship there?