Keshava Temple Somanathapura

Keshava Temple in Somanathpur in the Mysuru district of Karnataka, stands proudly as a testament to the exquisite artistry and engineering prowess of the Hoysala dynasty. It is the last and best-preserved among the major Hoysala Temples. A mesmerizingly beautiful Trikuta Temple, the Keshava Temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna in His three glorious forms - Janardhana, Keshava, and Venugopala.

Keshava Temple in Somanathpur was consecrated in 1258 CE by Somanatha Dandanayaka, a valiant general of the Hoysala King Narasimha III. The temple rests on the banks of Holy River Kaveri and is built on a star-shaped platform called 'Jagati' with an outer Pradakshina pathway. An epitome of spectacular Hoysala architecture, the marvelous temple is famed for its delicate carvings and sculptures. Adorning the walls of the Keshava Temple in Somanathpur are stunning friezes depicting scenes from the epics, intricate carvings of elephants, and vivid battle scenes showcasing cavalry, all of which contribute to the temple's breathtaking beauty.

Sadly, this temple no longer serves as a place of worship, as the idols were broken and desecrated during the invasion by the armies of the Muslim Sultanate. Nevertheless, its enchanting beauty continues to captivate the hearts of countless visitors. Along with the Chennakeshava Temple in Belur and the Hoysalesvara Temple in Halebidu, Keshava Temple in Somanathpur, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Entry/Darshan Time:

9 AM to 5:30 PM.

Best Time to Visit:

October to March.

Dress Code:

There is no strict dress code enforced at the Keshava Temple in Somanathpur. But, it's advisable to dress modestly and respectfully while visiting religious sites.

Speciality:

  • Keshava Temple in Somanathpur is a part of the "Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysalas" which is inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, recognizing its architectural and historical significance.
  • Keshava Temple in Somanathpur is said to be the last major temple built by the Hoysala dynasty.
  • The speciality of the Kesava Temple in Somanathpur is its exquisite sculpting and carving that vividly portray stories from epics, mythology, folklore, music, dance, Hoysala battles, and more. Its sculptures are the defining characteristic of the temple's uniqueness.

Ways to Reach:

By Air: Mysore Airport is 41.6 Km away from the temple. From the airport, you can avail of public transport or get a cab/ taxi to reach the temple.

By Rail: Mysore Junction Railway Station is 34 Km away from the temple. From the railway station, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach the temple.

By Road: Somanathpur is easily accessible by road. You can avail of public transport or get a cab/ taxi to reach the temple.

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