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Melkote

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Melkote located near Mysore in Karnataka houses an ancient shrine to Vishnu, worshipped as TiruNarayana. This shrine is known for its long standing association with the spiritual leader Ramanujacharya. Melkote is also known as Yadavagiri, yatistalam, Vedadri and Narayanadri.

Melkote is one of those towns where we can find every nook and corner showcases our heritage and erudition. It is at an altitude of about 900 metres above the sea level.This town was once considered the knowledge storehouse by scholars and musicians. One can find that whole town life revolves around two main temples Cheluvarayaswamy and Tiruanrayana.

There is Yoganarasimhaswamy temple on a hill overlooking the main temple.There are numerous legends and myths attached to this place. It is believed that Rama, Krishna and Balarama worshipped here at different timezones.

Location info:

Address:Mandya is about 100Kms from Bangalore and 40 Kms from Mysore, on Bangalore-Mysore State Highway - 17.
District:Mandya
Nearest City:Mandya
Best time to visit: October- April
One can visit this place anytime of the year, en route to Mysore.

Climate/Weather:

Summers 220 - 400C. Winter 100 - 320 C.

History:

During the Saint Ramanjacharya's time the place was known as Yadavagiri or Yadavadri. It is also associated with Ramanujacharya, renowned saint. When Muslims raided the temples during that period, Ramunujacharya was instrumental in restoring the deities. It is also believed that one Muslim princess joined the saint and merged with the idol. Hence the temple also has an idol of Bibi Nachiyar.

Apart from the temples, this place has been a haven for Sanskrit scholars. There is a century old Sanskrit college and 28year old Academy of Sanskrit Research. In this premise lie the two 30f eet pillars, Rajdwara, a classified monument believed to be 1000 years old. Legend behind this is that the famous sculptor Jakkanacharya challenged his rivals to build enterance to Melkote in single night. Here rivals cheated by sounding the gong just past midnight when it actually supposed to sound at 5 am. Upset by this Jakkanacharya left the place leaving an unfinished pillar. To this day the pillars look unfinished and ravaged by time.

A celebrated sacred town built on the rocky hills named Yadugiri, where the great exponent of visistadvaita philosophy Ramanuja lived. The Chellapillai temple dedicated to Krishna & Narasimha temple constructed on the very summit of the rock are some of the striking edifices worthy of notice

Interesting things to do:

This place is also famous for its handloom cloth.

Interesting things to Visit:

50 Kms north of Mysore is this sacred pilgrim center know for its Vairamudi festival in March/April. More than a lakh visitors congregate here for the festival. This place is also famous for its handloom cloth.

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How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Mandhya
Nearest Airport:Mysore Airport
Road Transport:On Bangalore- Mysore Road one has to take a right turn after Mandya, go past Pandavapura and take on Melkote. Distance : From Bangalore 160kms, Mysore 60kms.

Nearest Visiting places:

Nagarhole National Park also known as 'Rajiv Gandhi National Park,' is located 94 km from Mysore. It is spread between Kodagu and Mysore districts

Nearest Petrol Pump:

Mandya

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation:

Mysore is a city that is visited by many tourists round the year. Due to its proximity to Bangalore, all tourists who to the capital city, also come to Mysore. To accommodate these many tourists, there are ample of hotels in Mysore. Major share of hotels in Mysore are above average and budget hotels. However number of luxury hotels is also quite impressive. The main hotels of Mysore are Hotel Ginger, Hotel Paradise and Quality Inn Southern Star. The most magnificent of all is the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel. This heritage palace hotel is among the best in South India.
Lalitha Mahal Hotel

Things to carry:

Carry food from Mysore

Tips & Suggestions:

sacred pilgrim center know for its Vairamudi festival in March/April. More than a lakh visitors congregate here for the festival. This place is also famous for its handloom cloth.

Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:Mandya
Nearest Hospital:Mandya
Society/Community Phone Number

Links:

http://www.karnataka.com/tourism/mysore/melkote.html
http://www.karnatakatourism.com/south/mysore/surround.asp

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