Timings : 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Time Required : 2-3 hrs
Entry Fee : Indians: INR 5,
Foreign Nationals: INR 10,
Children (Up to 12 years): Free
Somanathapura Temple is a very famous attraction. It was one of the first and the best representation of the Hoysala architecture. It has an ancient structure marked by its beauty. Tourists from near and far come to visit the temple to get a view of the beautiful place. Somanathapura Temple has been nominated for the world heritage site status of UNESCO and is amongst three Hoysala temples which have been nominated for the same. It is very famous for its delicate carvings and sculptures bearing metal like polishing.
The temple was constructed by the general of King Narasimha III, Somanatha in the year 1268. It was built during the rule of Hoysala which was as old as 250 years at this time. A stone slab is present at the very entrance of the temple comprising of a detailed description of the temple. It is easy to read and understand for the general public visiting the temple.
It is believed that after a village was established on the bank of the Kaveri river, Dandanayaka Somantha took permission from King Narasimha III to build a temple and dedicate it to Lord Vishnu. The temple was not only made to seek blessings of the Almighty but also to represent the Hoysala architecture and its antique carvings.
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