Somanathapura is a town located 35 km from the historic Mysore city in Mysore district, Karnataka state, India. Somanathapura is famous for the Chennakesava Temple (also called Kesava or Keshava temple) built by Somnatha Dandanayaka, an illustrous General of the Hoysala king Narasimha III (1254 - 1291 A.D), and named after him. The temple was built when the Hoysalas were the major power in South India.The Keshava temple is one of the finest and most complete examples of Hoysala architecture and is in a very well preserved condition. It is an ornately carved temple of magnificient craftmanship depicting Vishnu, lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha, Rati-Manmatha and Mahishasura. The ceilings and door jambs leading to the sanctum sanctorium are exquisitely carved. There are inscriptions engraved on a slab standing at the entrance, inside the temple dated from 1269 to 1550 A.D. that detail the construction of the temple and grants made to it. The temple is in the care of the Archeological Survey of India as a protected heritage site.
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