Situated just 51 Kms from Mysore, Melukote unravels the country’s age-old history. Adorned with countless ancient temples, this 4000-year-old town in Karnataka is the pious place of Sri Vaishnava sect from 12th-century saint Ramanujacharya. Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple located in Melukote is believed to be worshipped by Lord Rama and Lord Krishna and their many generations.
Constructed around 806 A.D. by Rathnavalli of Bana Dynasty in the Dravidian style, this temple is known for its ancient Architecture. This temple is located in the Nandi Village and is a good place for the history and architecture enthusiasts. Other such temples in the area are the Yoganandishwara temple and the Sri. Arunachaleswara temple
Located on the banks of the River Kaveri, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Nimishambha, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. The carvings on the temple tower are exquisite and are the main attraction here along with the idols of other Gods and Goddesses like Ganesha, Hanuman, Lakshmi and Saraswati.
Atop a hill and a 30-minute climb away, is a significant religious centre of the area, said to be more than a 1000 years old. There is also a natural lake, called Rama Tirtha and another temple known as the Rameshwar temple here. The temple becomes a landmark point for those who trek across the Ramadevara Betta.
Shivagange Hillock appears to look like a Shiva Linga from the distance. It houses five temples. At the entrance, you're greeted by a life size statue of Lord Ganesha and the Gagadeshwar Temple (Shiva Temple) is located a few steps above it.
Famed for the annual rath yatra in February, the Sri Sakleshwara Swamy Temple is located only 1.5 kilometres from the bus stand of Sakleshpur and is one of the oldest in the state. Visit anytime between 6 AM and 6 PM and you can explore both the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Hemavathy River by which the temple is constructed.
The Lepakshi temple, also known as Veerbhadra temple is located in the tiny hamlet of Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh. It is a paragon of excellent architecture and art. It is famous for its architecture characterised by hanging pillars and cave chambers that can astound you! Once the essence of Vijayanagara Empire, Lepakshi is culturally and archaeologically significant as it acts as the prime location of the shrine dedicated to Veerabhadra. The Lepakshi Temple is an exhibition of timeless art, with famous frescoes and murals.
The Kotilingeshwara temple is located in Kolar district, around 100 kms from Bangalore. It is famous for hosting one of the largest Shiva lingams in the world, standing 108ft tall. A 35ft tall Nandi (Bull), Shiva's Vahana (Vehicle), has also been showcased here. It has become a centre for Shiva bhakti and worship. There are around five lakh shivalingas placed at this temple. The Kotilingeshwara Temple has an on-site rest house, marriage hall, meditation hall and exhibition centre.
Ranganathaswamy Temple, a beautifully carved temple complex, is located in Srirangapatna in the south-western state of Karnataka, India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha who is an avatar of Lord Vishnu in Hindu religion. Do take a minute to notice the beautiful carvings at the entrance Gopuram of the temple. The complex is surrounded by the River Kaveri which adds to the beauty of the temple. The ghats of the river are frequented for taking a dip before entering the holy temple complex.
This post was published by Surbhi Parashar