Chennakesava Temple, Mysuru (Mysore)

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Marvel at the fine architecture and artwork of Chennakesava Temple, a Hoysala temple made from soapstone. The well-preserved complex dates back to 1268, when the area was ruled by Hoysala king Narasimha III. Sitting in an impressively high-walled enclosure, the temple consists of three main shrines, all to forms of the Hindu god Vishnu. Outside, note the symmetry of its architectural design, the horizontal ornamental patterns, and the details of the roofs; inside, linger over the intricate interiors and finely wrought sculptures. Make Chennakesava Temple part of your personalized Mysuru (Mysore) itinerary using our Mysuru (Mysore) trip itinerary site .
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  • Somanathapura temples are assigned to Hoysala architecture. Its exterior walls are all covered with slabs carved in relief representing gods and goddesses, dancers, musicians, gurus and all kinds of animals, such as monkeys, Bulls, Lions, elephants and also fantastic. Very nice and, of course, highly recommended
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  • This temple, which is dedicated to Vishnu, is covered in wonderful Hindu carvings of gods and goddesses, warriors, elephants and even a few erotic illustrations. Having a good guide will add tremendou...  more »
  • Photographers and History Lovers, must visit this place. The place has loads of Architecture on the walls and roof. The place has lot of parking available(No Food Options) Its just 40KM from Mysore. T...  more »
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  • The carvings are the main attraction of the temple here. Although most of these carvings and idols have perished in time, the beauty of the temple still remains. It is better to hire a guide so that you understand the architecture better.
  • Best place to visit. And it will be more interesting for those who like historical places. One can understand the skills of the ancient Engineers, architectures and workers. You cannot find such a great monument if you are trying to skip this temple i your tour plan.
  • Great architecture, but all the idols are missing. All the remaining ones are damaged and hence puja does not take place here at all. Really a strange place. Felt like standing in a religious tomb.
  • Poetry on stone.sculptures. speak volumes about our rich artistic heritage. If u love history&grandeur in holy places this is a must for u.
  • The place is awesome. It's a more than 400yrs old temple but still feels like the structure are build or curved recently

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Make your reservations early to enjoy the range of accommodations available in Mysuru (Mysore), as the diverse range of hotels and guesthouses in this popular tourist town can fill up quickly. For the bulk of available options, look south of the train station along the JLB arterial road. A handful of old colonial treasures still stand, along with a number of modern hotels, some offering views of the more princely architecture in the city. Simple guesthouses on primarily residential side streets, as well as a few shared-room hostels, provide good options for budget-conscious travelers.
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