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Off the beaten track

While the temple of Udupi, the Aprameyaswamy temple near Mallur and the Soumya Channa Keshavaswamy in Vijayapura are well known, the Devanahalli shrine is not so well-known in the tourist circuit.

The beautiful Krishna temple is situated inside the fort complex in Devanahalli. The big fort was built in 1505 AD by Palegar Mallabhaire Gowda, who ruled under Immadi Narasimha of Saluva dynasty of Vijayanagar. The temple was built later. Historical records have it that the Krishna temple was built during Yelahanka nada prabhu Kempe Gowda’s time. This temple was patronised by him.

The main attraction of the temple is its gopura (tower) and the carvings on it. The mukhamantapa leads to the garbha griha and there are idols of Krishna along with Goddess Rukmini and Satyabhama are there. Don’t miss the beautiful carvings of the slaying of a demon by Kali or the one of the deity Yoganarasimha.

The temple attracts large number of devotees from nearby areas during the Janmashtami and other festivals. Though the fort coupled with the temple, and the fact that the place is Tipu Sultan’s birth place, not much has gone into developing its tourism potential. A Shiva temple is situated opposite the Krishna temple.

How to get there
Devanahalli is around 40 km from Bangalore. The Soumya Channa Keshava temple, worshipped by Pandava prince Arjuna is situated in Vijayapura, which is 10 km from there.

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