The Rustic Charm of Somanathapura in Karnataka :

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Amidst the charm of countryside, Somanathapura shines as one of the favourite weekend destinations in Karnataka. Those who visit Mysore make it a point to explore this historical site. The ancient Chennakeshava Temple is the centre of attraction in this town.

A beautiful temple in a vast premise comes into picture. People love to visit this architecture which looks splendid in its rustic charm.

Reminiscing the Past!

Somanathapura got its name from chieftain named Somanatha who worked under the King of Hoysala Empire.

The Chennakeshava Temple was built during the year 1268. At that time, Somanathapura was under the rule of King Narasimha Varman II.

Chennakeshava Temple in Somanathapura

Chennakeshava Temple is one of the beautiful architectures of Hoysala Empire. The main deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu who is worshipped as Chennakeshava. However, the main shrine doesnt have the idol but the other two shrines have the statue of Krishna and Janardhana.

Somanathapura Temple is a Vaishanavite Temple which holds the sanctum of Lord Vishnu and his other avatars (forms-incarnations).


Architecture of Chennakeshava Temple in Somanathapura :

The symmetrical structure of Chennakeshava Temple is rich in carvings and overall plan. It follows Trikuta style meaning triple temples. Three shrines (vimanas) join to form one whole temple. Each shrine also has a tower which completes the picture. Infact, the interconnected design can be easily seen from backside.

Somanathapura Temple is rich in carvings and motifs in and around the temple. Beautifully etched sculptures look like ornaments of the shrine. Various mythological tales, animals, demi-gods, gods and commoners can be seen in these artistic carvings.

Interiors :

Overall, the Chennakeshava Temple looks picture perfect. Thus, it is one of the enticing historical places in Mysore. The ambience of this age-old temple never disappoints. Hence, never miss out on a visit to the quaint town of Somanathapura.

Places to Visit Near Somanthapura :

Mysore is around 35km from Somanathapura. The city of Mysore has a lot of attractions and they are well-known. Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo, Chamundi Hills, Brindavan Gardens, etc. are the tourist places in Mysore.

Shivanasamudra Falls is one of the best places to visit near Somanathapura. It is around 56km and one of the most beautiful waterfalls in South India.

Shikhara of Chennakeshava Temple :

Talakad is yet another destination to visit near Somanathapura. Talakad is known as a mini desert on the banks of Kaveri River. Talakad is around 25km from Somanathapura.

The island town of Srirangapatna is around 40km from Somanathapura. This holy town also has a lot to explore.

Therefore, a trip to Somanathapura along with a few other places can be covered in 2 days. All these destinations are also some of the best weekend getaways from Bengaluru. So, many love to make a journey towards the cultural capital of Karnataka (Mysore) as it has a lot to offer.

A trip to Somanathapura will be an eventful one for sure. If you havent visited yet, rush this weekend.

How to Reach Somanathapura

Somanathapura is around 150km from Bengaluru. It is well-connected to all other parts of Karnataka.

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