Restored Poetic Venugopalaswamy Ancient Temple KRS Mysuru

India is a land of temples.

Tamil Nadu has about 33,000 temples under HRCE department of the Government.

In addition there are hundreds of temples which are yet to be noticed.

This is just in one state.

In all the states?

India has 29 States and seven Union Territories. all unified by One culture..

Along the banks of 1500 mile long Holy Ganges, thousands of sacred places! And along the 1500 mile long Himalayas every foot is considered sacred place. No need to mention about Badrinath, Kedarnath and Kailash.

Kanchipuram near Chennai alone has 108 temples. Madurai in Tamil Nadu has 50 temples.

800,000 Temples of India

In addition to this many temples have been consumed by the sea,like those in Dwarka,Poompuhar,which are dated over thirty thousand years.

And Muslim invaders have faxed thousands of temples while Christians have done their bit too.

In 2003,a temple emerged in the Krishna Raja Sagar backwaters.

Dated around 13th century,it is a poem in Architecture.

I had seen the writings on the walls of this temple.

The Kannada letters,Lipi,seem to be older than 13th Century.

I estimate it to be as old as Thanjavur Big Temple, Thanjavur.

The architectural design has Chola Style.

King Raja Raja Chola’s Father Sundaram Chola was married to the Daughter of Vaidhumbaraya,who belonged to the area high we now call as Karnataka.

The relationship of the ancient dynasties is intricate and it transcended the present political borders.

This Temple is dedicated to Vishnu as Venugopalaswamy,Krishna with the Flute.


This submerged temple was relocated by the Khodays Group with a lot of dedication and hard work,not to speak of the financial implications.

The temple has been relocated and is now what it was then.

There is no looks for public.

However looks is performed daily in the morning and evening.

The Idol is very beautiful and I am yet to see a better Idol of Lord Krishna.

Maintenance and security is by the Khodays Foundation and it is excellent.

Whatever sin the group might have accrued by selling Liquor,in my opinion,is wiped off by this single act.

This temple in KRS Backwaters may be reached from Bangalore from Pandavapura on the Bangalore Mysuru Highway,and from Mysuru from the check post towards Bangalore.

The temple is open between 9am and 7 pm.

The original temple complex was massive, with an area of around 50 acres (20 ha) 100 by 60 yards (91 m × 55 m).

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.

The temple had a garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum), a vestibule, a middle hall and a mukhya mantapa (main hall). The cell opposite to the entrance had a figure of Kesava (Lord Krishna) and the south cell, containing the figure of Gopalakrishna, was a later addition.

When the KRS dam was conceived in 1909, the temple was condemned for submersion. By 1930, the entire erstwhile village of Kannambadi was completely buried underwater. However, the temple would resurface whenever the water levels in the reservoir dropped, typically during drought years. This was most evident around the year 2000.

For more than 70 years the temple lay underwater, when the Khoday Foundation under the guidance of liquor baron and philanthropist Mr. Sri Hari Khoday took up the task of relocating and restoring the temple. It was initially planned to shift the entire complex to Madhuvana Park in Mysore. However, protests from the villagers of Hosa Kannambadi convinced the foundation to shift it to a place near the rehabilitated village. The cost of the project was estimated to be around 2.5 crore.

The new site is about one km to the north of the original site; the backwaters would touch the outer walls of the temple if the water level of the KRS touched 124.80 ft, its maximum capacity. It is 9 km by road from Brindavan Gardens.

The in-house architects of the group had shot the original temple on video, taken over 16,000 photographs, and marked each and every slab used in the construction of the original temple. Each and every temple stone was removed and reconstructed at Hosa Kannambadi with trained artisans and sculptors, with half a dozen experts from Tamil Nadu also involved in the reconstruction.’

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