Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple, Melukote

Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple

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About Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple (Place of Worship)

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Cheluvanarayana Swamy temple, also known as the Thirunarayanapura, is built on a rocky hill known as the Yadavagiri and Yadugiri. The temple is dedicated to Cheluva-Narayana Swamy or Tirunarayana. Utsavamurthi, a metallic image, has been enshrined at the temple. This image represents the deity Cheluvapille Raya, also known as the Cheluvanarayana Swamy. It is believed that this metallic image was once lost and Sri Ramanujacharya recovered it.

In 1614, the Mysore King, Raja Wodeyar adopted the Srivaishnava faith and donated all his estate that was gifted to him by Venkatapati Raya, along with the temple, to Brahmins at Melukote. One of the pillars of this temple has a 1.5 ft high bas-relief. This bas-relief depicts Raja Wodeyar standing with folded hands. According to the local people, Raja Wodeyar was a great devotee and he once presented a gold crown studded with precious jewels. The crown was later known by his name, the Raja-mudi.

Krishnaraja Wodeyar III and his queens presented gold jewels and silver vessels to the temple. It is also said that Krishnaraja Wodeyar III offered a precious crown in the temple that is now known as Krishnaraja-mudi. The deity of Cheluvanarayana Swamy is adorned with both the crowns, Raja-mudi and Krishnaraja-mudi, on the special occasion of the annual Vairamudi festival. Located 48 km away from Mysore, this temple can be reached by buses that operate on the Bangalore-Mysore highway.

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  • Best Time:  During Sunset
  • Length of visit:  Below 1hr
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Thejasvi. Bhat

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  • Shiv
  • Lives in Goa
  • 16 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Ancient Vaishnavite Temple"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 13, 2017
This temple is an ancient Vaishnavite pilgrim center. The temple is very beautiful and is visited by the pilgrims as well as the tourists in large numbers. The temple is not open at all times and there are specified visiting hours for 'Darshana', during which time the temple tends to get crowded. The crowd may be thick during holiday seasons and festivals. The limited spaces available for parking near the temple are crowded, usually around temple visiting hours.
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Shyamala Kamath

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  • Lives in Mangalore
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"Weekend trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 4, 2016
Its a nice place to visit during weekend. We left Bangalore around 7 and reached around 11. In-between stopped for a comfortable breakfast.
First we visited Cheluvanarayana temple. The temple architecture is very ancient and inside you feel very cool.
Next we climbed the hill to see Lord Narasimha. The scenery from the top of the hill very serene. You need to follow a long q for the darshan. Overall it's a nice temple to visit.
Old people might not find it convenient to climb narrow steps
The temple closes at 1. 30pm and will remain closed till 3 30 pm
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  • Harsha Anjanappa
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Must visit temple in Karnataka"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 22, 2016
Always said top of the hill - there would be cool breeze. In fact if you are tired of climbing more than 200 steps - you achieve to see.

1. Lord Narasimha Darshan
2. Beautiful scenery from the top of the hill n cool breeze - Photographers will spend more an hour.

After getting down the hill - walk or drive half a kilometer to main temple called CheluvaNarayana temple.

Magnificent architecture! This temple is very ancient - built in 12th century. Don't miss special PRASADAM, Tamarind rice (puliyogare).

Must visit temple in Karnataka.
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  • Lives in Kadapa
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"Many mantaps inside the temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 11, 2015
We visited this temple on 2nd May 2015, as it was temple closing time, we could move very fast in the queue and finished darshan in 30 mins time. Inside the temple there are many god, goddess mantaps where we had darshan. We can feel the religious sanctity.
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Gauri Shukla

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  • Gauri Shukla
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2013
We visited the temple around 4 pm.
It remains closed from 1-3 pm so don't visit during that time. There is no entry fee, pandits are quite nice and prasad is usually very tasty.
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