Chennakesava Temple is a hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Temple is located on the bank of river Kaveri at Somanathapura, karnataka, india. The was built by Somanatha Dandanayaka a general of the Hoysala King Narasimha in the year 1258 CE.
The Chennakesava Temple is a model illustration of the Hoysala architecture at the time of Hoysala King Narasimha. The temple is enclosed with a pillared corridor of small shrines all over the gopura. The main temple in the center has the star shaped platform. The western sanctum temple chennakesava was for a statue of Kesava the northern sanctum of Janardhana. And the southern sanctum of Venugopala was built over the plan which is a forms of Vishnu.
Chennakesava Temple has two eaves with decorative miniature towers which is running between the two eaves along. But below the lower eaves it is a running frieze of around 200 panels depicting various Hindu deities which has lead to an another eaves. At the lower level the temple legends has a frieze of panels depicting the scenes from the great Indian Epics or the history. The south side walls in the chennakesava temple feature panels showing the scenes from Ramayana. The rear wall has showned has panels from the life of Sri Krishna. And the North side wall of the temple depicts scenes from the Mahabharata.
Nearest transport to reach Chennakesava Temple:
- Airport: Bangalore Airport which is 174 km away from the temple.
- Railway Station : Mysore Railway station which is 35.3 km away from the temple.
Entry Fee details :
- Rs 5 /person for Indians
- Rs 100 /person for Foreign Tourists
- No fee for Photography
- Rs 25 for video camera