MYSURU TOURISM CIRCUIT (Syllabus: GS Paper 1 – Art and Culture)

News-CRUX-10     29th June 2024        

Context: The Karnataka Tourism Department aims to extensively promote the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Somanathapur as a key attraction on the Mysuru tourism circuit ahead of Dasara festivities this year.

Sites of Somnathpura

  • Keshava Temple: This Temple at Somanathapura is a remarkable example of Hoysala architecture.

oConstructed by: Commander of the Hoysala Army, Somanatha

oDedication to Lord Krishna: It is a Trikuta (three shrined) temple dedicated to Lord Krishna in forms of Janardhana, Keshava, and Venugopal.

oIdol Issues: The main idol of Keshava is missing, and those of Janardana and Venugopal are damaged, affecting the temple's completeness.

  • Chennakeshava Temple: It is devoted to Lord Vishnu, referred to as 'Chennakeshava', meaning 'beautiful Vishnu'.

oCommissioned by: King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 CE

oExquisite Carvings: The exterior of the temple is adorned with intricately carved stones depicting scenes from the life of Vishnu, and episodes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

oDiverse Deities: Despite its primary dedication to Vishnu, the temple complex also features shrines dedicated to various forms of Shiva.

Mysuru Tourism Circuit

  • About: Karnataka's tourism department introduces a new Mysuru circuit to enhance tourist experiences.
  • Expansion: Tourists visiting Mysuru can explore beyond the city to places like Belur, Halebid, Somanathapura, and surrounding areas.
  • Purpose: The state aims to elevate both circuits to international standards.
  • Promotion of Lesser-Known Sites: Efforts include developing places like Shiggaon taluk, birthplace of Saint Kanakadasa, and enhancing recognition for Saint Shishunala Sharif's 'karma bhumi'.