Somnathpura or Somnathpur is an epitome of Hoysala architecture. Visit Somnathpur and marvel at the temples built during Hoysala period.
Somnathpur, also known as Somnathpura, lies in the district of Mysore in Karnataka, India. This little town is located at a distance of 35 Kilometers from the City of Mysore. This town is home to the famous Chennakeshava Temple built by the Hoysala commander, Somnath, in 1268 A.D is a live example of the heritage and culture of the Hoysala Empire and this temple was constructed using the soapstone. A monumental beauty, the architectural design of this temple attracts people from all over the world. The Archaeological Survey of India has declared it as a heritage site. The Talakad Panchalinga Temple is another popular place for pilgrims. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is known for the Pathaleshwara Shivalinga the color of which is red during the morning, black at noon and white in the evening. The Mudukuthore Mallikarjuna Temple is another place worth visiting.
Keshava Temple, Somanathapura. Image courtesy Srinivasa83
Located at a distance of 27 kilometers from this town, Shivanasamudhra, a tiny village is home to two famous waterfalls the Gaganachukki and the Barachukki that has its origin in the Kaveri River. The city of Mysore which lies close to this town is also one of the most visited places in the country. Though the peak time is during April, May, and September to January, the best time to visit Somnathpur is from October to March. Learn more about Somanthpur.
Mudukuthore Mallikarjuna Temple
The Mudukuthore Mallikarjuna Temple is one of the Panchalinga Darshana Temples in and around Talakad.
The Keshava Temple is located in Somanathapura town in Mysore district, Karnataka. The Keshava temple at Somanathapura is another magnificent Hoysala monument, perhaps the last.
The Chennakesava Temple is located in Somanathapura town in Mysore district. The temple has two eaves, with decorative miniature towers running between the two eaves