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Ranked 1 of 4 sightseeing in Somnathpur

Mysore is one of the popular destinations frequented by tourists visiting Somnathpur. Mysore was the capital city of the erstwhile Mysore kingdom ruled by Wodeyar Dynasty.  Mysore, located at a distance of 36 km from Somnathpur, offers a plethora of tourist attractions which range from pilgrim spots to scenic places, zoological gardens and historic monuments.

Chamundeshwari Temple, Mysore Palace, St. Philomena's Church, Mysore Zoo, Brindavan Gardens, etc. are the prime attractions of Mysore city.  

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Lekha Nair5.0/5

5 reviews

Marvellous Architecture

Somnathpura is almost 35kms from Mysore. We visited this place on our way back to Bangalore from Mysore.When we reached the place, we could just see a garden & a compound wall - that's what was mentioned on the website also. The outside view is v plain, but inside view gives a feeling of a completely different era..Luckily, we got a good guide with a reasonable rate!The Chennakesava temple was built by Hoysala dynasty in the 13th century. This temple had 3 idols - the main idol was taken by British people & is now kept in some museum there. The three idols were Keshava, Venugopala & Janardhana. Keshava idol is missing. There are supposedly scratches on the other two. Hence this place is called a dead monument - the dieties are not worshipped here. But that's such a pity, because its one of the best temples I have seen in my life time!The first look at the temple - and I totally fell in love with it! Such lovely architecture!! It's got a star shaped base- which has a 1km perimeter. It's supposedly made of soap stone. The signature of the sculptor could b seen at many places. The sculptures are designed in a horizontal rows one above the other - the lower ones having design of elephants, lions, warriors, etc. Also Ganesha, Lakshmi, Different Avatars of Vishnu - like Narasimha(with Lakshmi on her lap), Indira with the Airavat, Brahma, Matsya, Kurma, Varaha(with oval shaped earth in his hand), Vamana with his one leg raised up.. Each sculpture of lion was supposedly different from the other! There were sections of Mahabharata & Ramayana also- though not as much in detail as in Kailasa of Ellora. The shikhara is a combination of north & south architecture - again a speciality of Hoysalas.Once we entered inside, we could see many pillars & also that the ceiling was divided into many sections - showing design of lotus flower, banana flower, etc. Each ceiling looked good & also was little different from each other.There is one idol of Vishnu holding the flute- Keshava, on the opposite side is Janardhana. Though the original Keshava idol is missing, some other old idol has been kept there. Both the original idols have a shine - though it was a made using stone!There is a big deepasthamba outside the temple - which has supposedly lift every evening.

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Shikha Sharma5.0/5

149 reviews

Intricate sculpture

So marvelous architecture you will find there that one become bound to think how did they carved it in ancient times with no machines at all. I just ran out of my words to explain the marvel of it. It has three forms of statues of lord Krishna ie Keshava, Janardana and Venugopala. Five Rs entry fee is there but you are allowed to take pictures as no prayers are offered in that temple anymore, temple is in star shape.

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Amit Aggarwal3.6/5

34 reviews

Beautiful carvings, far from city

1. Temple is indeed beautiful and the carvings outside the temple are outstanding. Much better than Halebid, Belur and even Dilwara Jain temple of Mt Abu, Rajasthan. If you are someone who likes architectural monuments then it is a must visit. 2. It was 40 km away from Mysore and there wasn't anything on the way which we could have seen. Even the roads were in a bad condition. I didn't find 80km of journey worthwhile just to visit this place. A better option could have been to visit it while coming to Mysore from Bangalore but then you might be tired / not in a mood to take a detour early in the morning. 3. I didn't find guides at reasonable rates who could make our experience richer. There were a few guides asking for 2000/- bucks maybe suitable only to foreigners. If you are with kids, they surely would hate you to drag them to this place :D

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Suryaprasad Jain5.0/5

8 reviews

The Art of Hoysala

Really good to see and enjoy the art. Good place.

Dipali Shinde4.6/5

26 reviews

Somnathpur Temples

Must visit during mysore visit. Looked after by Archeological Survey of India. Beautiful and magnificent sculptures. It is a marvel that the temple is standing for almost 1000 years. Gives and insight into the beauty of ancient India. Inspiring. Though no tours are conducted you can go by local transport. From Mysore suburban bus stand take bus for Bannur and from bannur to Somnathpur Temple. journey takes 1 and half hour through beautiful village side of Karnataka.

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Ganga reddy4.6/5

13 reviews

Excellent architecture

One of the finest sculpture you can see in Karnataka. Now it is under ASI control and maintenance. Food is a major problem as there are no hotels available nearby. It is advised to carry some food during the visit.

Sampath kumar Veeraraghavan4.3/5

33 reviews

Wonderful architecture!

The carvings in the temple are worth visiting for and beautifully done. The architecture is so intricate and those who are interested in the subject would enjoy the sculptors' creativity in making the carvings resemble exactly the real ones.

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