Melkote Temple - Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple is a famous temple in Karnataka. It is situated in Mandya district and is over 1000 years old. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is worshipped here as Cheluvanarayana Swamy.
The temple is built in Dravidian style of architecture. The gopuram of the temple adorns a triangular tower. The engravings on the temple and the pillars mention the historical evidence of the temple. The Wodeyar dynasty, the Royals of Mysore, lavishly empowered the temple with most valuable collections of jewels. The crowns, which are presently under the custody of the Government, are brought to the temple on special occasions.
There is a large pond of stone, in the shape of stepped well, built near the foothills next to the main steps of the temple.
Timings for Darshan-
7.30 a.m to 1 p.m, 4 to 6 pm and 7 to 8 p.m
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Thuni Thengol and Puliyogare are the main prasadams of this temple.
Reaching Melkote Temple -
By Air - Bangalore International Airport is 133 kms away.
By Train - The nearest railway station is Mysore, 53 kms away.
By Bus - Many government and private buses are available from Bangalore and Mysore.
Distance from Bangalore is 150 kms and from Mysore 48 kms.
Nearby attractions -
Those who visit this temple can also visit Sri Yoga Narasimhamurthy temple located on the hills. Transports are available from down (in front of Cheluvanarayana Swamy temple) for the half the way, but for the remaining half the distance, the devotees have to walk through the stony steps.
Sri Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple Darshan timings -
9.30 a.m to 1.30 p.m and 5.30 p.m to 8 p.m
A huge lake is there few kms away from there which is very beautiful.
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