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#15 of 250 Places To Visit in Mysore
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Somnathapura Village, Mysore, Karnataka 570001, India
entry fee
per person
per camcorder
All days of the week
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
visit duration
2 to 3 hours

how to reach somanathapura

About 32 km from Mysore, and easily accessible via trains, KRSTC buses and private buses that regularly ply from the city, it'll take you about an hour to reach this place from Mysore.

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about somanathapura

Situated at a distance of 32 km from the city, Somanathapura is a village on the left banks of the Kaveri river. This place is famous for the Keshava Temple or the Sri Channakeshava temple which was built here in the year 1268 AD. The exquisite carvings and the Hoysala style architecture make this temple one of the grandest structures. The temple is designed in a mini cosmos with intricate carvings, depicting various Gods, Goddesses, musicians, dancing women, animals etc. Built by Somnath, an army commander under Narasimha III, the ruler of Hoyasala, he founded the Somnathapura village and named it after himself. The full story, related to the actualisation of the village and temple, is inscribed in old Kannada script on a slab here. Today the temple is under the authority of the Archaeological Survey of India, and can be counted in the list of one of the most well maintained ancient architectures in India. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple used to have the carved idols of Lord Keshava, Lord Janardhana and Lord Venugopala. Today, the idol of Lord Keshava is no longer present. Though it is not as well known as the temples in Habeid and Belur, inspite of being constructed around the same time, it is b a much better representation of that period's architecture, owing to the fact that it didn't suffer as much destruction as the other two temples.

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