Nanjundeshwara Temple which is also known as Srikanteshwara temple is located at the Mysore District. The temple is dedicated to worshiping Lord Shiva. It is located near the river banks of river Kapila.
Nanjundeshwara temple site is the perfect location to admire Saiva architecture and culture. The Saiva structures are sculpted from metal and Stine and depict Lord Shiva in different poses. This Temple covers a large area and the cultures cut out on the stone of the temple signify the rich heritage of art and culture in Karnataka. The carefully and intricately carved statues and structures which can be found on the outer wall of the temple is not only spectacular but also gives an insight into the extensive hard work and patience of the architects who built this temple. The different dynasty that ruled over Karnataka during different periods has contributed to erecting the different structures that can be found within the temple complex. Festivals like Navratri and Mahashivratri are celebrated in this temple with a lot of excitement. The temple is decorated beautifully during festivals, something that has attracted tourists for several years.
One of the most amazing structures present inside the temple complex is the stone bull which was built in 1644 by Dalavayi Vikramaraya. Architects and sculptors from different eras and dynasty have made their contributions to beautiful the temple different styles and patterns have been included in the myriad structures present inside the complex which makes this place of worship so unique.However on the whole the temple style of architecture reflects that of the Dravidian dynasty.
The architecture of the temple truly brings forward the concept of unity in diversity. It shows that different styles can come together to create something mesmerizing and beautiful. If you happen to visit Karnataka do not miss out on this one-of-a-kind temple.
The temple is open from 6 in the morning to 1:30 in the afternoon and 4:00 in the evening to 9 at night on Monday through Saturday. On Sunday the timing changes to 6 a.m. till 10 p.m. There is no entry fee required to enter this temple.