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Somnathpur Temple, Karnataka

Karnataka is justly known as the cradle of stone architecture, as its peerless stone wonders are eloquent reminders of a fertile heritage. As one reaches Somnathpur, a modest village on the banks from the Kaveri, 140 kms, south-west of Bangalore, one feels an eternal stillness and freshness within the air as when the location is if stating eternity grows here. Here, amidst the lasting rural serenity stands Kesava temple - 1 in the grandest of Hoysala monuments.

The Kesava temple at Somnathpur, a resting village 45 km from Mysore, is one of the most famous Hoysala temples in Karnataka, the two other people at Belur an Halebid becoming equally well-known. The Somnathpur temple constructed in Ad 1268 is considered an instance of the totally evolved style of Hoysala architecture. The Hoysalas had been a mighty martial race who ruled large parts of existing day Karnataka in between 1100 and 1320 Ad.

In the dust and turmoil of history, India was witnessing the Golden Age from the mighty Cholas, Pandyas and the Hoysalas. The final named dynasty which ruled Karnataka for nearly 350 many years, was founded in 1006 A.D., soon right after the collapse from the Ganga Dynasty.

Coming to the temple at Somnathpur, 1 need to have not investigation much for its history. An inscribed stone slab, in aged Kannada, at the entrance states it all. The reigning monarch was Narasimha III (1254-91 A.D.) whose full regal title runs into a sizeable paragraph: "Sri Vishnuvaradhana, Pratapa Chakravarti, Hoysala Bhujabala, Sri Vira Narasimha, Maharajadhiraja, Raja Paramesvara, Sanivarasiddhi, Giridurgamalla and so on.

The Hoysala temple at Soswmnathpur, is genuinely exclusive in design, ideal in proportion and also the stone carvings are striking marvels in stone. The shrine stands inside the centre of the walled compound, around which runs an open up verandah with 64 cells. The temple by itself, stellar in shape, has 3 elaborately carved pinnacles having a widespread Navranga and stands on a raised platform. The three sanctums as soon as housed superbly carved idols of Kesava, Janardhana and Venugopala. Nowadays the idol of Lord Kesava is lacking, but the other two still adorn the sanctums in their authentic form.

Reaching Somnathpur
Air : Bangalore will be the nearest main airport linked to most of the significant Indian metropolitan areas with typical flights.

Rail : Somnathpur is located about 40 km off Mysore and well linked by rail to Mysore and Bangalore, that is 180 km away.

Street : Somnathpur is located about 40 km off Mysore and nicely linked by street to Mysore and Bangalore, that is 180 km away.