A Hoysala village near Bangalore

On the outskirts of the village is an ancient Shiva temple built in Hoysala style. A small cell next to the Shiva shrine houses an idol of Parvathi. The temple has been renovated in Vijayanagara style.

The flag post is in front of the closed eastern entrance as the temple now faces south. The pillars of the mukha mantapa have fine relief sculptures depicting many dancing damsels, Matsyendra and Shanmukha.

The most striking monument of the village however, is the Chennakeshava temple built in modern style. The main deity of Keshava enshrined in the sanctum is said to have been installed by a philanthropist. The navaranga has pillars carved in Vijayanagara style.

The shikhara over the sanctum is built out of cement mortar. Facing the temple is a big square kalyani with fine steps leading to the water source. To the west of the kalyani is a shrine dedicated to Ganapathi built in the post-Vijayanagara style with an attractive shikhara.

The annual car festival of Chennakeshava is held during the month of ashadha. A special celebration popularly called Keshava Navarathri is celebrated in the month of phalguna. Teppothsava and Vasanthotsava celebrations are also held during the same period.

Travel tips

Sondekoppa village is only 35 kms from Bangalore. It can be reached easily if you take the NH 4, Bangalore - Tumkur road. Take a turn to the left before reaching Nelamangala at the signpost to reach Sondekoppa, which is close by. There is a regular bus service from Bangalore to Sondekoppa, but it is advisable to organise your own transport to save time. There is a guesthouse attached to the temple where accommodation and other facilities are provided to visiting devotees.

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