Medieval Architecture

Devanahalli Fort & Bhoganandishwara Temple

What were the skills required to build and manage complex medieval structures like forts and temples?


Subjects Covered: History, Art History & Iconography, Architecture, Problem Solving, Epigraphy

Hands-on Activity: Teams competing in a Scavenger Hunt by completing tasks and solve puzzles. In doing so they learn more about the temple in a fun & engaging way.  


Subjects Covered: Mathematics, Geography, History 

Hands-on Activity: Use Trigonometry, Quadratic equations, Geometry skills to solve real world medieval problems. Compete against each other. 



This is one of the oldest and most ornate of temples within 100 kilometers of Bengaluru City. Most importantly it has seen patronage right from the Cholas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara to the Mysore State, which spans over 1200 years! Even to this day pilgrims come in great numbers during festivals and special occasions. The temple is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India, and is in a remarkably good condition. The stone sculpting on granite and Soapstone is amongst the finest work in the region. It also carries beautiful narrative panels in bas-relief depicting Girija Kalyana. The temple is spread over a large area in the middle of the Nandi village, there is ample open space for us to conduct activities. Moreover we take permission from the ASI to conduct our educational tour here. We take special care to be respectful and avoid any negative impact on the ongoing conservation efforts at the temple.    


This living fort located just 40 kilometers from the Bengaluru City centre is in a remarkably good condition. The origins of this fort date back to the 16th century under the reign of the Gowda family, the same family that gave us Kempegowda who went on to found Bengaluru Pete. In the mid 18th century it came under Hyder Ali who went on to become the defacto ruler of the Mysore State. In fact his famous son, Tipu sultan was born here at Devanahalli. The inside of the fort today is dotted with temples and residences, thus this is a living heritage site.  


08:00 AM – Depart School Campus.

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM – Tour of Devanahalli fort with the expert. 

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM – Hands-on activity where we get to use our Math skills to solve real world problems.  

12:30 PM to 01:30 PM – Lunch & Break 

02:30 PM – 03:30 PM – Tour of the Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple with the expert 

03:30 PM to 04:30 PM – Scavenger hunt activity 

04:30 PM to 05: 00 PM – Reflection 

05:00 PM – Depart for School 


Our program’s itinerary has been tailored to provide the most value and depth possible. Depending on the group’s requirements, we are happy to incorporate changes to the itinerary & program to focus on specific learning objectives and accommodate a longer or shorter duration.

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