Monday, 18 December 2017


07th December 2017.
After Yelandur, Sri Gauriswara Temple’s visit, Mr John, archaeologist took us to this 13th Century Hoysala period, temple. On the way from Yelandur, he explained us the beauty and its architecture. It increased my curiosity further to visit this temple. This temple is not in worship and maintained Karnataka State Archaeological Department.

This place Somanathapura was ruled by the Chozhas and the same was conquered by Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana in AD 1117. Latter it was ruled by the Vijayanagara Kings and wadayars of Mysore. It was a foremost agrahara township during Narasimha III ( 1254AD to 1291 AD). As per the inscription dated 1268 AD, Somanatha Dhandanayaka, an illustrious  general of Hoysala King Narasimha III, established this agrahara and named as “Vidyanidhi Prasanna Somanathapura”.  Also he consecrated this Kesava Temple.  

This temple is the most ornate  and perfect model  of the Hoysala style of architecture. The inscription slab installed at the mahadwara supported by the lathe turned pillars dated 1269 AD – 1550 AD  speaks about the construction of the temple and the grants to up keep the temple.

The temple is facing east with  3 sanctums or the garbhagrahas for  Kesava, Venugopala & Janarthana, on South, West and North directions. The three sanctums are connected with a Maha mandapam or the navaranga mandapa with individual antarala. The temple stands on a stellate platform and surrounded by a pillared corridor with sub shrines. 

This temple is known of its elaborately carved doorways, beautiful ceiling. The base of the sanctums contains with friezes  of Vishnus’s various forms.  The inch reliefs explains us the story of Krishna, Ramayana. Below the main sculptures the sculptors name is engraved.  One of the sculptor Mallitamma has the maximum share of the sculptures. It is also observed that The northern vimana was sculptured by Mallitamma.  This Keshava temple is the best and perfect model for the trikutachala order.
This temple will be kept opened for the visits between 08.30 Hrs to 17.30 Hrs.

Somanathapura may be reached from Thalavadi, Mysuru, Chamrajnagar.


Ceiling of Navaranga mandapa
Ceiling of Navaranga mandapa
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