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Somnathpur (also called as Somanathapura) is located at a distance of 30 km from Mysore, the city of Palaces. Somnathpur is situated on the banks of river Kaveri.
Karnataka is called as the cradle of stone architecture and Somnathpur is one of the finest examples of Stone architecture. The main attraction of Somnathpur is temple dedicated to Lord Channakeshava. The temple of Channakeshava at Somnathpur stands one of the finest examples of the Hoysala architecture.
An inscribed stone slab written in old Kannada, at the entrance stands like a milestone to eternity. As per the inscription, the temple was built in 1268 CE by "Soma" a commander of Hoysala king Narasimha III.
Painted with episodes from the epics on the outside, the temple is stellar in shape, with three abundantly carved pinnacles with a common Navranga. The three sanctums once housed marvelously carved images of Lord Keshava, Lord Janardhana and Lord Venugopala. At present, the idol of Lord Keshava is missing but two still adorn the sanctums in their original form.
The temple is conservated by Archeological Survey of India in the category of protected heritage sites.
Somnathpur is ideal and worth visiting place for one day picnic. Accommodations are not available at Somnathpur, therefore one can stay at Mysore.
Distance from Somnathpur
Bangalore: 140 km
Mysore: 30 km
T. Narsipur: 10 km
Maddur: 55 km
Shivasamudram: 35 km
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Bangalore
Nearest Railhead: Mysore, Maddur
Road: Somnathpur is well connected by roads to Bangalore and Mysore. One can take private buses from T. Narsipur.
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