Today’s guest post comes from a wonderful travel blogger or bloggers to be more precise, Dhiraj Shenoy and His wife Amrutha, coming over from Team G Square. They love treading the off the beaten track and bring forth these lesser known magnificent places through their crisp commentary and terrific captures. If you want a taste of the rich heritage and culture of India, do read their travel experiences and I assure you won’t leave disappointed. In this blog post, he shares one such ancient temple near Bengaluru. Read on...
C R Patna or Channarayapatna is a taluk Headquarter situated on the Bangalore – Mangalore Highway NH 48, about 40 km from Hassan. There is a lovely Hoysala temple here, dedicated to Lord Chennakeshava and built during the 11th Century. Though simple in its external architectural features, the temple interiors are grand, as in every Hoysala temple.
Lord Chennakeshava Temple
The artwork on the ceiling is an excellent example of the Hoysala architecture. The pillars, dwarapalas (guards) and the door frames are extremely intricate and decorative. The garbagriha (sanctum sanctorum) houses a beautiful life size idol of Lord Chennakeshava (Vishnu). There is also an idol of Kalingamardana (rarely seen in the form of an individual idol elsewhere) inside the temple. The front porch of the temple is a later addition by the Nayakas of Holenarsipura. There is a Garuda Khambha (pole) in front of the temple.
Idol of Kalingamardana
Central ceiling inside the temple
A Pillar in the temple
Dwarpala at the entrance of the sanctum
Inscription giving details of the temple construction
The Legend of this place as explained by the temple priest is as follows, “Kotalur (original name C R Patna), was once ruled by the Hoysalas and they built a temple here dedicated to Lord Chennakeshava”. This temple became famous in those days as people suffering from various diseases got cured after offering prayers here. Once, the prince of Holenarsipura was suffering from polio and all the efforts of the Nayaka King in curing him went in vain. It was then that the royal priest advised him to take the prince to the Chennakeshava temple in Kotalur and perform some rituals there. Acting accordingly, the Nayaka King took his son to the temple and performed the necessary rituals. In no time, the prince was cured of Polio and after this instance, he was renamed as Channa Raya and the place was renamed as Channarayapatna in the honor of the god who saved him.
Rear view of the temple
Though the temple was restored some time ago, there seems to be a failure in maintenance. This being a live temple and situated amidst a town, should have been strictly maintained.
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore – NH 48 – C R Patna
Distance from Bangalore: 130 km
Places to visit around: Anekere, Nuggenahalli, Mosale, Hassan, Shantigrama and Many more.