Keshava temple at Somanathapura

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.

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.

The temple is nicely maintained by Archeological 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. Shrinidhi HandeDecember 22, 2008

    i was there in
    june… roads were pathetic that time too

  2. VamseeDecember 22, 2008

    Very nice pictures. Some more details would have made the post even better.

  3. ManasaDecember 22, 2008

    Thats the advantage of staying in Mysore 😛

  4. LakshmiDecember 23, 2008

    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 ?

  5. Prashanth MDecember 29, 2008

    @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.

  6. AnonymousJanuary 8, 2009

    nice place, think i missed it 🙂

  7. ChethanaJanuary 22, 2009

    The pictures of the Hoysala temple are beautiful. Been long since I visited one.

  8. Prashanth MJanuary 25, 2009

    @Subbu, @Chethana, thanks for the visit.

  9. AparnaFebruary 10, 2009

    Very nice architecture.


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