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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular religious sites in and around Mysore?

Reema Bhalla DEC 10 2012
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Do you think that Mysore is all about majestic palaces, lovely gardens and beautiful lakes? If yes, then think twice as there are many popular temples and churches in and around the city which are not only the religious centres but also known for their exquisite architecture.

  • Chamundeshwari Temple

    Situated on the Chamundi Hills, this very famous temple is around 10 kilometres from the city. Dedicated to Goddess Durga, this temple was built in 12th century. It is a major tourist site and is a shining example of Dravidian architecture. The temple is a seven storied tall building associated with the legend of Goddess Durga executing the demon Mahishasur and it is said that the statue is made of pure gold. On your way up to the temple there is an enormous statue of Nandi Bull which appears to be made out of black granite. Navratri and Durga Puja are the main festivals celebrated in this temple which are a major tourist attraction.
  • Lakshmi Ramana Swamy Temple

    One of the oldest temple in the city, this archaeologically significant temple is dedicated to Nambinarayan, a form of Lord Vishnu. The main deity is kept in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and cell beside the deity is a magnificent idol of Goddess Lakshmi. The Mahadwar of the temple was built by Raja Wodeyar with a tall Gopuram and decorated with golden finials in the 16th century which was later renovated by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in the year 1851.

    The temple timings are from 8 am to 9:30 am and from 7 pm to 8 pm.

  • Melukote

    Around 55 kilometres from Mysore, this place is considered to be one of the most pious religious destinations of Karnataka. Also known as Thirunarayanapuram, this temple town is perched on a rocky hill that overlooks the Cauvery River and is dotted with various religious sites. There are two main temples in this place named Tirunarayana temple and Yoga Narasimha. The former is a square structure and is dedicated to Lord Cheluva Narayana Swamy, while the latter is dedicated to Lord Yoga Narasimha. The main festival celebrated here is Vairamundi festival which is  held during the months of March and April. The festival makes for a great time to visit Melukote and draws lakhs of tourists. The nearest railway head is Mandya and you can take the Bangalore to Mysore highway to reach here.  

  • Nanjangud

    Nanjangud houses one of the oldest temples in India which is known as Lord Srikanteshwara Temple. Located 24 kilometre south of Mysore on the Mysore-Ooty road, this Lord Shiva temple is a must see as It is believed that the Shiva Linga in the temple was installed by the sage Gauthama, who happened to live here for some time. This Dravidian style temple houses three main deities which are Lord Nanjundeshwara, Goddess Parvathi (wife of Lord Shiva) and Lord Vishnu with Sridevi and Bhudevi. The main festival is the three day car festival of Sri Nanjundeswara Swamy, held at the every year at the end of March. 

  • Somanathapura

    Situated at a distance of 32 kilometres from the city, Somanathapura is a village on the left bank of the 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 built by Somnath, Hoysala King Narasimha’s army commander. As you enter the temple complex you will come across a stone slab containing the entire history of the temple and its origin. The temple houses splendidly carved idols of Lord Keshava, Lord Janardhana and Lord Venugopala. Open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., admission is by tickets.

  • St. Philomena's Church

    This church is one of the largest churches in India and also one of the most majestic churches in the country. Built in 1956, its architecture is inspired from the Germany's Cologne Cathedral. Designed by
    Daly, a Frenchman, floor plan has been built in a form of a cross. Everyday, the mass is performed in Kannada, Tamil and English. This ancient and majestic church in now not only a big pilgrimage but also a major tourist attraction. At a distance of 2 kilometres from the Mysore Palace and 3 kilometres from the main bus stand, it is located in the heart of the city. Every year on August 11th, an annual feast is held here.

    Timings: 8 am to 6 pm

These temples will bring out your spirituality and give you inner peace. Make sure to enquire about the Darshan and Aarti timing beforehand so that you can offer your prayers without any hassles.

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