Sri Venugopal Swamy Devalaya, Mysuru (Mysore)

The Venugopala Swamy Temple located at Hosa Kannambadi, Near Krishna Raja Sagara, is another example of Hoysala architecture in Karnataka. This temple was built in the 12th century AD around the same time as the Chennakesava Temple at Somanathapura, Mysore district.
Before the Krishna Raja Sagara dam project was conceived by Sir M.Visvesvaraya in 1909, the temple complex was located in the village of Kannambadi. The KRS Dam project meant that Kannambadi and other surrounding settlements would be submerged. The then king of Mysore, Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV ordered the construction of a new village for the residents of Kannambadi and aptly named it Hosa Kannambadi (New Kannambadi).
However, the Venugopala Swamy temple complex and 2 other temples namely Kenneshwara (Ishwara) temple and Kalamma (A local deity) temple had to be abandoned. By 1930, the first phase of the dam was completed and all three temples were submerged.
The main idol of Venugopalaswamy, Lord Krishna playing on flute as a cow-herd, was shifted to a new temple in the rehabilitated village before the submersion.
The original temple complex was massive, with an area of around 100x.
The complex was a symmetrical building enclosed by two 'prakaras' and the outer gate (Mahadwara) had verandahs on both sides, flanked by the yagasala and the kitchen. This was enclosed by the second mahadwara, which led to the inner enclosure and was akin to the Somanathapura temple.
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  • This place is not generally on the tourist radar but it is a must visit place for getting some peace and tranquility. Surrounded by Cauvery river on three sides, one can enjoy the cool breeze on the.....  more »
  • Hello travelers, I cannot miss sharing my experience about this marvelous temple. Just behind the Vrindavan Gardens awaits us a holy, silent and astounding temple. It will stand taller than many...  more »
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  • It's a wonderful place to visit. Very well maintained place. We had packed food from Bangalore itself and it was an awesome experience to eat amidst agriculture field too.
  • Modern temple with old sculpture. Place to walk near water and watch sunset, huge area to play as well as to walk and for photos this place is very well known along with that for some Pre-wedding shoots etc. Far from city yet it is a place to watch along with Mysore Sideseen. You can go near to water if the level is low, you can play there also. But, be safe in evening the level may increase sometimes.
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