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. Arrange your visit to Chennakesava Temple and discover more family-friendly attractions in Mysuru (Mysore) using our Mysuru (Mysore) trip generator.
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  • August 16, 2017
    I was amazed with the architecture of this temple dedicated to Vishnu. The characters of the Indian mythology are literally sculpted in stone both on the outside and inside of the temple. The gods sta...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Beautiful temple dedicated to Vishnu with beautiful sculptures. Statues, stories and even parts of the Kama Sutra are carved like lace. This temple is located 40 km from Mysor and it is really worth the trip. We had a driver with a guide and c was d all the more interesting.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Best weekend get away from Bangalore, & Mysore. Awesome architecture. Worth a visit. Exhibits the genius and the craftsmanship of the sculptors of the Hoyshala kings. Very well maintained by the Gover...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • April 2, 2017
    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.
  • June 21, 2017
    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.
  • May 28, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    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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