Somnathpur Temple

Somnathpur Temple, Mysuru (Mysore)

Somnathpur Temple
4.5
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TheWorldNut
Bangalore District, India409 contributions
Well done ASI
Feb 2021
I wonder this temple is not known in mainstream blogs for places around Bangalore. A 13th century temple with beautiful carvings. Unfortunately with multiple instances of brazen lootings, many ancient carvings and idols now stand mutilated but still its very good and I must highlight the commendable job ASI is doing. Please get a guide, as they explain to you in great details all the beauty which this temple has it around it (Cost of the guide is 300Rs.). Entry is through buying tickets from ASI portal, so either buy it in advance or use Paytm. Somehow Google pay and other options didn't seem to work.
Written 15 February 2021
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shitiz b
New Delhi, India17 contributions
beautiful
Jan 2021 • Family
beautiful temple. very good location. a must go for nature lovers and travellers. this place is not worshipped so no spiritual value here
Written 16 January 2021
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Dharmesh Mistry
Mumbai, India162 contributions
Keshava Temple
Jan 2021
Location is on the outskirts of Mysore city about 38 km and it takes almost one hour to reach this location. The road to this location is good and normally there is no traffic during the day. There are beautiful farm landscapes on the way to this temple. OLA CABS or UBER CABS will be a safer and cheaper option. Go for hourly rental plan.

We had to pay a nominal fee online for the visit which is about INR 40/- per adult.
I am not sure of charges for Foreign Tourists.

The art work was appealing and it seems to have been carved from big chunks of rocks assembled together. The temple has idol of Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva in the inner sanctum. There are many idols along the outer walls and I failed to recognize many of them. The idols on exterior of the temple wall have not weathered off. I wish I had read a few Hindu scripts or at least managed to pay for the Guide. I didn't bother to hire a guide as I felt it was not necessary. Sometimes its just ok to be watching the art rather than to dive into the details.

There is a toilet within the temple complex wherein you can refresh yourself.

A few vendors sell coconut water outside the temple area which can be equally refreshing and safe to drink.

Overall trip time could be between 3-4 hours. This place is good for people who wish to see something different and be relaxed.
Written 5 January 2021
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RvMDl
Bengaluru, India312 contributions
Amazing architecture
Oct 2020 • Couples
Very nice temple, 700 years old. We took a government guide and it was worth it for us to learn a lil bit of history.
Written 30 October 2020
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Avinash
Bengaluru, India3 contributions
Majestic Keshava Temple.
Oct 2020
We continued our journey to Somanathapura from Talakadu which is about 40 minutes or 25 KM . I had to pass T-Narsipura bridge and don't forget to enjoy Cauvery river flowing and roads are well laid till destination. You have to pay Rs30\- for parking and Rs 20\- for temple entrance.

Temple is spread across huge green grass lawn and definitely its a mood up swinger remember to carry your DSLR to capture the place and luckily no camera charges here. Get inside the temple premises and its best to take a guide for detailed explanation of temple. Enjoy the beautiful sculpture and get inside the sanctum . Unfortunately idol is not worshipped here as temple is said to be attacked by invaders and its considered inauspicious for worship . Best time to visit temple is after 3 so you can save your feet from sun burns and remember temple closes by 5:30 .

There are no good restaurants near the site except few refreshment centers so better pack your own food.
Written 13 October 2020
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Artemis
Wiltshire, UK60 contributions
Well worth a trip
Mar 2020
There were not many people when we visited and the Hoysala temple is set in lovely grounds The journey was through paddy fields and rural villages
Written 19 April 2020
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Kesha
Mumbai, India281 contributions
Nice
Apr 2020 • Family
One must visit this Temple near Veraval Gujarat one of the most spiritual and religious temples must visit once
Written 15 April 2020
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Rachana Rach
Bengaluru, India17 contributions
If time permits
Jul 2019
Explore one more Hoysala style architecture, the temple in the midst of typical South Indian village
Written 12 April 2020
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Manasa
Bengaluru, India788 contributions
Witness the genius of Hoysala architecture
Feb 2020 • Family
Absorb the rich culture and heritage of the ingenious Hoysala architecture. Somanathapura is only a three-hour drive from Bangalore city where the Chennakesava Temple is located. Built-in the 13th century, the temple is an ideal example of architectural marvel. It is entirely made of soapstone which made it easy for the architects to carve and produce one of the beautiful and intricate works that history has seen. 

The holy place is dedicated to Lord Krishna and the outside of the carvings depict mythological stories from the Ramayana and the Bhagavata Purana. If you have just a day to spend in Bangalore and interested in history, then drive up to the small tranquil town of Somnathapura to check out this beautiful temple.
Written 24 February 2020
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Martin W
Morecambe, UK88 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jan 2020
This is the second time we've been here and we find it a very interesting place with lovely grounds. We purposefully didn't have a guide this time as we wanted to explore it at our own pace.
Written 22 February 2020
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