Mysuru (Mysore) to Somnathpur Temple

The beautiful Mysore city, famed for its glorious past finds ample mention in the chronicles of history. An ever popular tourist destination, the city is flooded with tourists throughout the year. The various fun filled excursions from Mysore to other South Indian thoroughfares are also a rage with tourists. In fact, the sojourn from Mysore to Somnathpur Temple has attracted legions of aficionados who keep returning to the city.

The charming bucolic surroundings of Somanathapur village sited at a distance of 35 km is famed for its stunning Hoysala temple consecrated to the venerable Prasanna Chennakeshava. There are three temples enshrined within the premises of the star shaped temple that are dedicated to the revered Prasanna Chennakeshava and Lord Janardhana and Venugopala, two different incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

A trip from Mysore to Somnathpur Temple proves that Karnataka has been rightly nicknamed the cradle of stone architecture. The tiny hamlet bearing the last of the relics of the Kesava temple that is a hallmark of the cultural anthesis of Hoysalas, who ruled large portions of Karnataka between 1100 to 1320 AD . Apart from the ancient Kesava temple, the Belur and Halebid temples are also very famous. Archaeologists and historians claim that the temple constructed in 1268 AD, was a symbol of the efflorescence of the Hoysalas. A stone inscription at the entrance of the stellar temple narrates the shrine's splendid history. However, owing to the ravages of time, the legendary idol of Kesava is no more enshrined in the temple.

Last Updated on 9/14/2011