Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple in Mysore

This beautiful temple is an example of fine craftsmanship

This beautiful temple is an example of fine craftsmanship | Photo credit: Yathin S Krishnappa/Wikimediacommons

Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple Overview

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The popular tourist attraction, Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta (meaning 'hill' in Kannada) is situated in the Bandipur National Park of Karnataka. This site is noted for its scenic beauty and holds great religious significance. The main highlight of this place is the Himavad Gopalaswamy Temple that is dedicated to Venugopalaswamy or Lord Krishna. King Chola Ballala had this temple built in AD 1315 and later, it was maintained by the devotees of Lord Venugopala.

The shrine stands as an epitome of architectural and artistic brilliance of craftsmen from the bygone era. The intricately carved single-tiered gopuram of the temple is built along the compound wall. Inside the Mukha Mantapa (inner porch), there is a flag pillar and a sacrificial altar. Another noticeable feature of this temple is the garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum) that houses a beautiful statue of Lord Krishna under a tree, holding His flute. This idol was installed at the shrine by the famous sage Agasthya. Carved on the panel behind the idol are images of Krishna’s friends, His consorts - Rukmini and Satyabhama, trees and cows.

An interesting fact about this temple is that just above its gate, leading to the sanctum, cold water drips constantly throughout the year. The temple priests sprinkle this water on devotees while narrating legends related to this holy site.

  • Opening Closing Time 8:30 am - 4 pm

  • Photo Opp

    Visitors get ample opportunities to click some amazing pictures here because of the location of the temple. The surrounding hills and lush greenery along with the appealing architecture of the shrine make beautiful subjects for photography.

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Himavad Gopalaswamy Hills Road, Gopalaswamy Hills, Mysore, 571126, Karnataka