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Chennakesava Temple Somanathapura  

  Mysuru , Karnataka.
from  05 per person

  • Spiritual
    Category
    Spiritual
  • duration
    Duration
    1 - 2 Hours
  • mobile_voucher
    Mobile Voucher
    Accepted
  • accepts donations
    Donation
    Accepts
  • parking
    Parking
    Available
  • drinking water
    Drinking water
    Available
  • tour guide
    Guided Tour
    Available
  • photographer
    Photographer
    Available
  • baby friendly
    Couple
    Friendly
  • ExploreBees
    Baby
    Friendly
  • restroom
    Restroom
    Available
  • sitting area
    Sitting Area
    Available
  • baggage counter
    Baggage counter
    Available
  • footwear counter
    Footwear Counter
    Available
  • souvenir shop
    Souvenir shop
    Available
  • prayer room
    Prayer room
    Available
  • security guard
    Security guard
    Available
  • dustbin
    Dustbin
    Available

Ticket

  • adult ticket
    Adult
    05 INR
  • children ticket
    Children
    FREE
  • mobile camera
    Mobile Camera
    FREE
  • still camera
    still camera
    FREE
  • video camera
    Video Camera
    FREE
  • cash only
    Cash
    Only

Description

Sri Chennakesava Temple referred as  Prasanna Chennakeshava Temple or Keshava Temple also known as Somnathpur Temple one of the finest masterpieces of Hoysala Architecture is located on the banks of Holy river Kaveri is a tiny tranquil town of Somanathapura just 36 km from the historic Mysore city and 135 km from Bangalore and just 25 km from Talakadu 42 km from Shivana Samudra 38 km from Ranganatittu bird sanctuary. is one of the three temples of the kind to be nominated in the Unesco World Heritage list.  The other two temples that represent Hoysala temple’s architectural brilliance are located at Belur and Halebid.

Sri Chennakesava Temple is an excellent example of the spectacular Hoysala style of architecture The temple was consecrated in 1258 CE by Somanatha Dandanayaka, a general of the Hoysala King Narasimha III. Somanathapura, meaning Somanatha’s town in Kannada, is named after him. The Chennakesava temple is one of the 1500 temples built by the Hoysala Empire kings in different parts of their kingdom.

Dedicated to Keshava, the god Vishnu under his three aspects, it consists of three shrines approached through a pillared mandapa. On the outer walls of the temple, at the lower levels, there are friezes with elephants, horses, makaras (mythical sea-creatures), geese and foliated scrolls. Then, a procession of gods richly encrusted with jewels and ornaments is set in the various projections of the walls created by the stellate plan of the sanctuaries. Above the panels, pilasters support miniature towers and an angled eave with fringe projects above.

Somnathpur Temple History

The famous Keshava Temple in Somnathpur was built in 1268 A.D. when the Hoysala rule had completed 260 years. Built by the army commander of King Narasimha III, Somnath set up this project to glorify Hoysala craftsmanship. several other Hoysala style temples were also built in the city but all these except the Lakshmi Narasimha temple have disappeared or are in ruins after the wars between the Hindu kingdoms and Muslim sultanates ravaged the region. The temple was created not only to seek blessings of the lord but also to showcase the enviable brilliance of Hoysala architecture and to represent its grandeur and intricate craftsmanship. At the entrance of the temple, you can see a stone slab with inscriptions on the temple’s history carved on it. One can read in detail about the temple.

The architecture of Somanathapura Temple

The whole Somnathpur Temple is constructed on a broad raised platform so that the devotees may perform a pradakshina of the temple. The temple is built stellar in shape, adorned with three abounding carved pinnacles with a common Navranga.

The outer walls of the temples are decorated with beautiful carvings. The platform on which the temple stands is adorned with two seated lions. The temple is structured in a series of bands, winding around a star from the building. The main entrance of the temple complex is on the east side of the courtyard. The main shrine at the center is bounded by rectangular premises of subsidiary shrines and cloisters.

In the entire temple sculptures of elephants can be seen in different stance and poise, that are decorated with chains and bells. The main three idols housed in the temples of Lord Kesava, Janardhana and Venugopala. But the idol of Lord Kesava is missing at present, while the other two still can be seen in their original form.

Unfortunately, this temple is no longer used as a place of worship because the idols have been broken and desecrated by the invading Muslim armies. However, the beauty of the temple still charms thousands of visitors who visit the site to witness the magnificent artistic and engineering achievements of the era.

 9 AM to 5.30 PM

Rs.5 for Indians and Rs.100 for Foreign tourist


Tips

  • do take their guide service if you want to understand the architecture and history related to it.
  • Plan your visit in the morning to ensure a chance to see the interiors of the temple in good sunlight condition.
  • There are no coffee shops or restaurants nearby so carry proper food or snacks. 
  • Carry torchlight for viewing the designs inside the temple.
  • the temple stone will become very warm because of the Sun so wear thick socks. 

Operational Hours

January to December
Monday 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Last Admission 05:15 PM

Things to carry

  • id card
    Id card
  • camera
    camera
  • selfi stick
    Selfi stick
  • water bottle
    Water bottle
  • sunglasses
    Sunglasses
  • cap
    Cap
  • medicine
    Medicine
  • sun cream
    Sunscreen
  • power bank
    Power Bank

Things Not Allowed

  • no alcohol
    alcohol
  • no weapons
    Weapons
  • no pets
    Pets
  • no skate board
    Skate board
  • no smoking
    Smoking
  • no wifi
    Wifi
  • no plastic bag
    Plastic Bag

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    10.0 KM
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    30.5 KM
  • pharmacy
    Pharmacy
    10.0 KM
  • hotel
    Hotel
    12.5 KM

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