According to the information on the ASI (Archeological Survey of India) plaque, the temple is dated to the late 7th century CE and is dedicated to Surya, the sun god. The original idol in the garbhagriha (inner sanctum) is missing. However, there is a relief depicting Surya riding seven horses on the lintel of the garbhagriha door. Check the Surya idol in the Surya shrine in the Hoysalesvara Temple complex in Halebidu.
It is not clear how the temple got its name. In Kannada, Malé means a garland and Malegitti means a lady garland maker. It became a Shivalaya (a shrine for Shiva) after a Shivalinga was installed in its garbhagirha (inner sanctum) in later years.
Lower Shivalaya – Located just below Upper Shivalaya and to the east of Malegitti Shivalaya
Yellamma Temple – Located on the west side of the Agastya Lake
Bhuthanatha Temple – Located on the eastern shore of the Agastya Lake
Agatsya Lake – A view from the Badami Caves
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