Keshava temple at Somanathapura

Keshava temple at Somanathapura | PAYANIGA

Though I’m in Mysore for the last three months, I never stayed there over weekends as I traveled back to Bangalore every week. One fine weekend I had to stay in Mysore and I made use of that Sunday to roam places around Mysore. I managed to visit Keshava temple at Somanathapura that day along with few other places.

Keshava temple at Somanathapura | PAYANIGA
Keshava temple at Somanathapura | PAYANIGA

The Keshava temple built in thirteenth century by Somanatha, the Dandanayaka (general) of the Hoysala King Narasimha The Third. The temple constructed in Hoysala style of architecture, and is a trikootachala (with three sanctums). The temple sanctums are dedicated to Keshava, Venugopala and Janardhana.

Keshava temple at Somanathapura | PAYANIGA

The temple is nicely maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. Though the place is very close to Mysore, the conditions of roads is not good. I had a very tough time manoeuvring my two-wheeler.

How to reach?

Somanathapura is approximately 32 KMs from Mysore. Mysore – 25KMS – Bannur – 7KMs – Somanathapura.


  1. one of my most fav Hoysala temples..went there almost 3 years ago..even before the Hoysala bug bit me..did u go to Shibi ?

  2. @Srinidhi, 6 months gone, no change in road conditions.

    @Vamsee, will try to com up with another post with some more details.

    @Manasa, well yes. But not if you are traveling to B’lore every weekend :p

    @Lakshmi, Not yet. Migh go there some time in 2md or 3rd week of Jan.

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