Temples of Cultural Capital of Karnataka: Mysore
The City of Palaces: Mysore has a number of beautiful temples which makes it a unique religious destination of India. The members of the royal family of Mysore- the Wadeyars were very religious and built the new temples and renovated the existing one. Most of the temples were built in neighboring areas of Mysore palace and Mysore fort for easy accessibility of their family members.
Some major religious destinations of Mysore are listed below:
Sri Bhuvaneshwari Temple
Sri Bhuvaneshwari is located in the northern region of the Mysore palace. Sri Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar constructed this temple in the year 1951. The architecture of the temple is in Dravidian style. The main idol of the temple was curved by famous sculpture Shilpi Siddalingaswamy. An astonishing object of the temple is the copper Surya Mandala which was moved from the palace to the temple by the king. The temple also has the statutes of Maha Vishnu, Surya, Rajarajeswari, Maheswara, Ganapathi and Chamundeswari thirukadaiyur.
Nestled in the hills of Chamundi, Chamundeshwari is the ancient temple of Mysore built by the royal family of the Wadeyars. They were great patrons of Goddess Chamundeshwari who is known to have killed the demon king Mahishashura, after which the city was named Mysore.
Lakshmiramana Swamy is one of the ancient Mysore temples and archaeologically it possesses great significance. This templeis visited by devotees all over the nation. The historic importance of the temple is mentioned in the ancient books, inscriptions in the temple and other sources. This temple was reconstructed and beautified by Krishnaraja Wodeyor III. A tower that stands over the main entrance was built by his predecessor. A statue of the respected king has been built inside the temple.
Sri Gayathri Temple
Sri Gyathri is situated in the south east region of the Mysore fort. Jayachamrajendra Wadiyar constructed it in 1953. There are three places of worship dedicated to Lakshmi, Gayathri and savithri inside the temple. Other than this there are sculptures of Mahavishnu, Shiva, Ganesha and Surya which have been arched by renowned sculpture Shilpi Sri Siddalingaswamy.
SriKodi Someshwara Swami Temple
It is situated in the north east region of the Mysore fort. Sri Kanteerava Narasaraja Wadiyar built the temple in 1399. There is a “Banni” treein front of the temple with few deities surrounding it.