Venugopala Swamy Temple in Mysore

The temple is popular among historians, archaeologists and devotees

The temple is popular among historians, archaeologists and devotees | Photo credit: Doc.aneesh/Wikimediacommons

Venugopala Swamy Temple Overview

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A masterpiece of Hoysala architecture style, the Venugopala Swamy Temple is a spectacular site to visit. Located in the village of Hosakannambadi, near Krishna Raja Sagara Dam (KRS Dam), this shrine not only attracts devotees but also historians and archaeologists. Built in the 12th century, the temple is dedicated to Lord Venugopala Swamy, who is also known as Lord Krishna.

The relocation of this majestic structure took place in 2004 and was not an easy task, requiring huge work force and precision. This mammoth task of shifting the shrine began by taking thousands of pictures, in order to avoid any mistake in the restructuring. The temple walls and pillars were polished to give a new look without hampering the original work. It was disassembled piece by piece and then rearranged meticulously in exactly the same manner.

Originally, the temple complex covered around 50 acres of land and featured 46 shrines. At present, it is a symmetrical structure enclosed by two prakara and an outer gate or mahadwara. It features a garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum), middle hall, vestibule and mukhya mandapa (main hall). The exquisitely designed temple tower is the prominent highlight of the complex. Its flute design features intricately carved blocks, placed one over the other without using mortar. These blocks are placed in such a manner that it is quite impossible to spot the joints. A visit to this magnificent temple is an absolute must while visiting the city of Mysore!

  • Photo Opp

    Photography is going to be a delightful experience at the Venugopala Swamy Temple. Be it the amazing architecture (Hoysala style) or the stunning artistry showcased at the temple, every sight demands a snapshot. Sunset is the best time of the day to indulge in photography at the temple.

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Kannambadi, Mysore, 571455, Karnataka