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Old 14th October 2016, 17:21   #16
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SOMANATHPURA

Name: Chennakeshava Temple
Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chenna..._Somanathapura
Distance from Hassan: 138 Kms
Location: 35 km from Mysore.
How to Get There: Type 'Somanathapura' in Google Maps.

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Somanathapura is probably third most famous Hoysala temple, after Belur and Halebid:

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Massive well maintained lawn:

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We visited Somnathapura in September. We hired an official ASI guide who charged us Rs. 300 for a 45 minute tour. Entrance to the temple complex:

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Front View:

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Inside the temple:

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A walk around the temple:

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Little explorer leading the way:

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Thread moved to the Travelogues section. Thanks for sharing!
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Fantastic writeup! Rated 5 stars.

Did you also check the Kedareswara temple close to Halebid?
People were geniuses those days!
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Truly admire your patience and interest in traveling to these places with the tiny tots, hats off to you and your family. I am from originally from the old Mysore region and your thread makes me fondly recollect old memories of visiting some of the better known temples.
A little off topic tidbit: what I heard was that, there was a spurt in idol robberies and they were expecting some repatriated ones from museums abroad.
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Very nice write up and photographs. I had similar thoughts and started visiting lesser known hoysala temples and visited few in your tour list. My native place is near to Baggavalli and many of the places you visited are close by, yet to complete the circuit. Thanks for sharing. You have inspired me to renewed my quest.
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Did you also check the Kedareswara temple close to Halebid?
Found it on wiki
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kedare...mple,_Halebidu

Is this place outside the main Halebeedu temple complex?

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A little off topic tidbit: what I heard was that, there was a spurt in idol robberies and they were expecting some repatriated ones from museums abroad.
One of the ASI guys mentioned this to me. But in a few temples, not all idols are 900 years old (because original ones have been stolen) - some are replicas.

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I had similar thoughts and started visiting lesser known hoysala temples and visited few in your tour list. My native place is near to Baggavalli and many of the places you visited are close by, yet to complete the circuit. Thanks for sharing. You have inspired me to renewed my quest.
Can you name all places you have visited so far or plan to visit, that is not in this list? This month end, we plan to check out a few more places.
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Super thread smartcat. Rated a well deserved 5 stars.

I have been planning & planning to do this trip but something or the other always seems to stop me from going ahead with this.

Adding a few more to the list already shared

1. Sri Chennakeshava temple, Turuvekere, Tumkur Dist.
URL:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chenna...le,_Turuvekere
Gmaps:https://goo.gl/maps/UFsbMkLzoxx

2. Shri Mooleshankareshwar Temple, Turvekere, Tumkur Dist.
URL:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moole_...le,_Turuvekere
Gmaps: https://goo.gl/maps/sQ5pB7dFMA12

3. Sri Chennakeshava temple, Hullekere, Arsikere Taluk
URL:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chenna...ple,_Hullekere
Gmaps: Best guess https://goo.gl/maps/ynP3gUgGynK2

4. Saumyakeshava temple, Nagamangala, Mandya Dist.
URL:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saumya...e,_Nagamangala
Gmaps: https://goo.gl/maps/VBUqfPtTsRp

5. Yoga madhava temple, Settikere, Tumkur Dist.
URL:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga_M...ple,_Settikere
Gmaps: Best guess https://goo.gl/maps/acGLY2cpzGB2

6. Channkeshava & Ramesvara Temples, Arakere
URL:http://rakeshholla.blogspot.in/2010/...rakere-is.html
Gmap: Should be around here https://goo.gl/maps/nbAd9c4x9vp

7. Lakshminarayana temple. Hosaholalu, K.R Pet, Mandya Dist.
URL:http://divyadesamyatra.blogspot.in/2...osaholalu.html
Gmaps: https://goo.gl/maps/8RJKZRYKFr32

Additional resources & references

1. Lakshmi Sharath's blog post on a couple of ruined temples around halebeedu - http://www.lakshmisharath.com/2010/0...ala-temples-3/

2. Gerard Foekema's Complete Guide to Hoysala Temples. While this is in no way a complete guide, Would recommend this book if you want to understand a little more about temple plans, structures, architecture, sculprute & styles. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...oysala-temples

3. An old blog on Hoysala Temples which seems to have a big list of temples - http://hoysalatemple.blogspot.in/

4. Rakesh Holla's Blog - Need to search a little for info but its there - http://rakeshholla.blogspot.in/
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Hi smartcat,
I must appreciate this wonderful travelogue which exposes the lesser-known but no-less-grander temples of Karnataka.
I've only visited one (somnathpura) of the 14 temples you mentioned.

Thanks for making the detailed itinerary of one of my future trips.

Can you share how BRV performed throughout the trip?

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ARAKERE


Caution: There are places called Arakere, Anekere, Arekere, Arsikere etc in Karnataka.
Haha, I live in Arekere (BG Road) myself.
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What a fantastic write up. This is a great service to explore ancient architecture in our very own Karnataka. And what better season than the next few months to visit all these places! Looks like all my week-ends are booked up now :-)

I would also recommend the temple in mulbagal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurudumale

There's a Shiva temple within a 100 metres of this one, and ofcourse an old Anjaneya temple a bit further down the state highway: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulbagal

There are other very ancient temples in that same stretch, a few of which I have visited.
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3. An old blog on Hoysala Temples which seems to have a big list of temples - http://hoysalatemple.blogspot.in/

4. Rakesh Holla's Blog - Need to search a little for info but its there - http://rakeshholla.blogspot.in/
These two bloggers have done a great job! Comparing their old photos with mine, it looks like Govt/ASI has spent a good deal of money sprucing up the area.



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Can you share how BRV performed throughout the trip?
See post 593 and 596 of this thread:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/offici...ml#post4072943 (Honda BR-V : Official Review)

So far, meeting all my requirements and expectations. Headlights are powerful (when compared to my old Civic) making night driving a bit more relaxing. I guess diesel economy of XUV 500 AT (as a 7 seater AT) would have been great (might have resulted in Rs. 2,000 savings) - but when I look at the trip costs, it is still the hotel accommodation expenses that tops the list.

A few more car pics from the trip:

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Looking at all those cool Tata Hexa pics, I'm getting a tiny bit of buyer's remorse though . But the news of launch being postponed yet again means my decision not to wait for Hexa was right.
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Marvelous thread and rating well-deserved 5*.

Its great to see so many temples being preserved and cared-for by the Govt. I have been to many of such temples Belur, Halebedu, Somnathpura and other malnad region.

My native is Harihar - Davanagere dist and famous for Harihareshwara temple. This place is on the way NH48 from Bangalore --> Chitradurga --> Davanagere --> Harihar -- > Hubli Dharwad and onwards to MH and GOA.

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"Harihar ([harihər] also called Harihara [2]) is a city in Davanagere District in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the administrative headquarters of the Harihar Taluk. Harihar is famous for a Harihareshwara temple, which is also known as "Dakshina Kashi" and " Industrial Hub of central Karnataka ".

"The Harihareshwara Temple at Harihar in Karnataka state, India, was built in c. 12231224 CE by Polalva, a commander and minister of the Hoysala Empire King Vira Narasimha II. In 1268 CE, Soma, a commander of King Narasimha III of the same dynasty made some additions.[1] The temple houses the deity Harihara, a fusion of the Hindu Gods Vishnu and Shiva. The image of the deity is a fusion of the right vertical half of Shiva and left vertical half of Vishnu.[2] The image holds in its right hand, the attributes of Shiva and in the left hand, those of Vishnu."

Incase if you happen to travel on this route, dont miss this temple since it is maintained immaculately and fully functional with regular pujas happening on daily basis. There is another ancient Lakshmi Mata temple and Shri.Shankara Mutt inside the temple complex as well.
The entire temple complex is situated inside a "Kote" meaning a boundary wall OR fort and easily accessible from the NH.

Thanks again for wonderful documentation.
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Awesome! We just completed a trip to Halebidu and Belur, our base camp was hassan.

Awed by the architecture, so intricate. Felt it would take days to study these sculptures in detail. Perhaps each one of them will tell you a story.

Good to hear the support from locals and way they are preserving the heritage sites. However at the busier ones, belur/halebid-the process of collecting parking fees et al, require some transparency.

Have included my expereince in the below thread

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...e-queries.html (Bangalore - Shravanabelagola - Halebidu - Belur : Route Queries)
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Brilliant thread. Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing the details of the Hoysala Temples.

A well deserved 5* rating for the thread.
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Nice compilation of the hidden treasures, I too discovered the Belavadi trip after my third Belur Halebid trip. That temple was beautiful and less crowded and the temple Pujari himself explained the temple and the main idols were beautiful.
Smartcat, your details are notable be in cars or temples.
A well deserved 5 star ratings.
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Thanks for sharing your experience. Awesome write-up with nice pictures.

We have been to the popular temples like Halebidu, Belur, Somnathpur, but not the remaining. We will be heading to the hidden temples very shortly. Thanks again for the effort in documenting in such a detailed way


Well deserved 5* Thread

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