Srikanteshwara Temple, Mysuru (Mysore)

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Visit an architectural feat and religious place with more than 1,200 years of tradition and history at Srikanteshwara Temple. Commissioned during the rule of Ganga Dynasty in the 9th century, it is dedicated to god Shiva. See the 66 idols of Nayanmar saints and more than 100 shrines and ‘lingas’, which means representations and effigies of Shiva. Listen to the story of how the eyesight of the royal elephant was restored on Tippu Sultan’s prayers, proving the power of Shiva. Observe the Dravidian architectural style with this seven-storey high building decorated with gold and sculptures, upgraded over centuries with each ruler trying to surpass the improvements of the previous. For Srikanteshwara Temple and beyond, use our Mysuru (Mysore) travel itinerary maker to get the most from your Mysuru (Mysore) vacation.
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  • July 24, 2017
    Just 26 kms from Mysore city it's easily reachable since not much traffic. Had an awesome and fast darshan even being a weekend. Here main deity is lord shiva and there is a huge Nandi idol too. The t...  more »
  • June 23, 2017
    It is an important temple of Lord Shiva – had been to this place during April 2009 and there was a temple car festival happening – it was crowded – the prasada distributed was made of rice - the templ...  more »
  • June 4, 2017
    It's an ancient Shaiva Temple built during 9th century. The deity is famously known by names, Nanjundeshwara or Srikanteshwara. The temple is built on the banks of river kapila. There would be very lo...  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    A beautiful temple which dates back to around 8th century. Wonderful 'Shivaleela' idols (5ft size!! 25 idols)which depict the stories from 'Shiva Purana' are here. Known as 'the Benares of the South' very interesting place.
  • July 17, 2017
    One of the best temples for Lord Shiva in South India. Nanjangud Srikanteshwara temple has a historic and puranic importance. The temple complex is huge with many smaller temples housed within. The main idol is the Shivalinga made of spatika stone. Everyday the decoration of the idol changes. The other temples within the precincts are the Ganesha temple, Sharada devi temple, hanuman temple, parvathi temple, navagrahas, venkateshwara and the utsava murthy's. The temple is maintained well. Devotees are also offered free lunch aka prasada bhojana or dasoha in the Dasoha bhavana. The temple gets crowded on weekends, karthika somavaras and during the Ayyappa seasons.
  • June 29, 2017
    Nice architecture, well maintained. Good surroundings and easy to access from highway.
  • May 26, 2017
    A very beautiful,historic place and a perfect weekend getaway with family ...The temple is several centuries old and the carvings are really beautiful
  • June 14, 2017
    A very beautiful place , best with family. Peaceful n calm place.

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Where to stay in Mysuru (Mysore)

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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