One of the most amazing temples representing Hoysala architectural styles is the Chennakesava Temple of Somnathpur, a town located around 35 km from Mysore. Built during the 13th century, when the Hoysala Empire was at its supreme power, the temple is dedicated to Keshava (or Krishna), the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Carved stone plaques, figures of Gods and Goddesses and star shaped folds on the temple’s walls are extremely attractive.
Standing on a raised platform, the temple takes a stellar shape and houses three sanctum sanctorums. While two of these sanctorums have idols of Janardhana and Venugopala, the idol of Keshava has gone missing from the third sanctorum. Constructed using soapstone, the temple showcases impressive sculptural work which is indeed worthwhile to explore. The symmetrical architecture may not be as unique as showcased by other Hoysala temples, but is a subject of admiration among the tourists.