The Channakeshava Swamy Temple in Anekal, ‘Anekal’ is a Tamil word meaning elephant (ane) and stone (Kal), signifies the proximity of the temple to neighboring Tamil Nadu. It is situated about 915 meters above sea level, on an elephant-shaped hill as the name indicates.
Ancient history and excavations have brought up old bricks there are no definite remains to prove that. The people in the region now are descendants of Chikka Thamma Gowda, belonging to the Sugatur family who settled there in 1603. Later the Mysore royal family annexed it to their kingdom before Hyder Ali added it to the Mysore district. It is currently managed by the Muzrai department of the Karnataka government.
The architecture of this temple is distinct from the Vijayanagar style. It is a magnificent structure that faces the east, with the Mahadwara facing the south. Carvings of Lord Vishnu, accompanied by his two consorts decorate the niches in the outer walls.
There are four pillars in the navaranga which are ornately decorated with stories from the Bhagavata, the Ramayana, the Dasavatara, etc from various Puranas and ithihasas, depicting the stories of Vishwaroopa, Gajendramoksha, Yoga Narasimha, Varaha Matsya, Kalinganardana, Garuda, Hanuman, Kamadhenu, Kurma, Balarama, Vamana, Trivikrama and other avatars of Vishnu, and Vali and Sugriva in a fight. The khumbas and kalasas of the outsides of the arthamandapa are done in high relief and are painted in bright colors.
The ash mounds that once stood as a testament to some ancient thriving settlement were all removed by the locals and used as fertilizers. It is quite reasonable to conclude that the temple structure has stood the test of time for more than a few centuries. Along with the Kambada Ganesha Temple and the Bhramarambika Temple located in the vicinity, the Temple acts as a key site for devotees and believers. the original deity might have been consecrated by Arjuna, the Pandava king.
Timings to Visit Channakeshava swamy Temple
06:00 AM – 11:00 AM | 05:30 PM – 08:30 PM
How to Reach Shri Bhooneela Sameta Channakeshavaswamy Devasthanam ?
By Air: Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru – 64 km
By Train: Hosur Railway Station – 24 km
By Bus: KSRTC Bus Depot ANekal – 9.7 km
Shri Bhooneela Sameta Channakeshava swamy Devasthanam, Nadu beedhi, Anekal Taluk, Bengaluru, Haragadde, Karnataka, India 562106.
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