Stories In Stone – Melukote

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Melukote in Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district in Karnataka, also known as Thirunarayanapuram, is built on rocky hills, known as Yadugiri, Yaadavagiri and Yadushailadeepa, overlooking the Cauvery valley, about 51 km (32 mi) from Mysore and 133 km (83 mi) from Bengaluru.

It is the location of the Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple, and a few other shrines including the temple of Yoganarasimha on top of a hill. Also a home to the Academy of Sanskrit Research, which has collected thousands of Vedic and Sanskrit manuscripts.

The place largely owes its preeminence to: Early in the 12th century, the famous Srivaishnava saint Sri Ramanujacharya from Tamil Nadu stayed at Melukote for about 12 years.

The temple, rich in history, is generously endowed under the special patronage of the Mysore Raja’s, and has a fabulous collection of jewels in its custody.

A square building of large dimensions, the temple is surprisingly…

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