The famous Keshava Temple in Somnathpur was built in 1268 A.D. when the Hoysala rule had completed 260 years. Built by the army commander of King Narasimha III, Somnath set up this project to glorify Hoysala craftsmanship. About 140 kms southwest to Bangalore and 45 kms from Mysore lies the famous Keshava Temple Somnathpur, an amazing example of Hoysala architecture. Rightly called the cradle of stone architecture, Karnataka has in its coterie wonderful objects d'art of rock cut temples.
Somnathpur, a small village on the banks of river Cauvery is about 140 kms southwest to Bangalore and 45 kms from Mysore. Your Tour to Somnathpur will enlighten you to the sense of perfect symmetry and craftsmanship the artists of yester years possessed.
The master architect and sculptor of the famous Somnathpur temple, Jakanachari bestowed to the Keshava Temple a perfect symmetry with exquisite stone carvings. Constructed on a raised platform it raises into a stellar shaped temple with carved pinnacles. It has 64 cells opening on to a verandah. The three sanctums had exquisitely carved idols of Kesava, Janardhana and Venugopala. On your tour to Keshava Temple Somnathpur you will be able to admire the beautiful stone carved statues of Janardhana and Venugopala but not the idol of Kesava since it is missing.
The outer surface of the temple has star shaped folds on the walls on which beautiful figurines of gods and goddesses inspired from the Hindu puranas, are carved. On your tour to Kesava Temple Somnathpur you will also come across the 16 different ceilings, another striking feature of the temple.