March 29, 2010

Himvad Gopalswamy Temple

Gopalswamy Temple is a ancient temple perched on top of a hill which is covered by mist all round the year hence its first name Himvad (which means mist in Kannada) and is dedicated to Lord Gopalaswamy which is one of the names of the Hindu God Krishna.

Legend says that sage Agastya, performed intense penance and as a result lord Vishnu blessed this place and promised to reside here. As this was a place of worship and penance.

One can see the temple from quite a distance while climbing the hill and looks majestic amids the greenery surrounding it. Click here for a panoramic view of the hill

This temple was built by the King Chola Ballala during AD 1315. Later the Wodeyars of Mysore who were devotees of Lord Venugopala maintained this temple.

The gopuram of the temple is single-tiered and rests on the compound wall of the enclosure. A flag-pillar and a sacrificial altar is present in the inner porch. The parapet wall of the fa├žade of the mantapa contains the sculpture of dashavatara (the avatars of the Hindu God Vishnu) with the centre portion of the sculpture depicting Krishnavatara (the avatar of Vishnu in which he appeared as Krishna).

The garbha griha or the sanctum sanctorum contains an idol of Lord Krishna in a dancing pose with a flute in his hand. The Panel behind the idol has carvings of a tree, the Lord’s friends, his consorts Rukmini and Satyabhama, Cows and Cowherds.The panel also features several characters and icons from Krishna's avatar.

Another unique feature of this temple here is that throughout the year the mist condense in the sanctum sanctorum and the diety of the temple lord Krisha is drenched by water droplets and just above the door leading to the Sanctum Sanctorum cold-water drips constantly. The priest narrates the legends associated with the place and sprinkles this water on the devotees.

There is a lake here called "Hamsatheertha", which means the lake of swans in Sanskrit. There is a story behind this lake, legends says that once a crow took bath in this lake and became Hamsa (Hamsa means swan in Kannada and swan acquires a mythological significance in Hinduism,symbolizing knowledge, tranquility and salvation). One cannot spot any crows surrounding this place which is another unique feature of this place, interesting isn't it?

37 comments:

  1. This is one of the most beautiful temple I've ever seen! It's also located in a beautiful looking place!

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  2. Wonderful bright colours, thanks for sharing Anthony:)

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  3. A lovely photo of a very beautiful temple.

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  4. It sure is beautiful Kcalpesh, nature is at its best here, one can't stop falling in love with this place :)

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  5. So rich in color and history. How amazing it must be to get the first glimpse of it from a distance.

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  6. That's a beautiful temple and located at such a perfect setting.

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  7. aloha,

    thanks for sharing a little bit about your world today, thats a very beautiful temple, i wonder what the yellow color signifies?

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  8. Those are attractive temple tops amidst abundant green.

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  9. Lugar maravilhoso! Beaultiful...

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  10. What a beautiful temple, in a lovely place and you've captured it perfectly as always, Sam! Thanks for sharing the beauty, have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  11. Interesting story about the temple.

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  12. Wow...what a beautiful temple! Looks so impressive on the top of this lovely hill.

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  13. the gold really stands out and the place looks so cool!

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  14. Beautiful temple, and such lovely place!

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  15. really interesting info and photo, Cool!

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  16. So much amazing craftsmanship has gone into those sculptures!
    I've heard that same legend about the crow and swan for the sarovar in Amritsar. Perhaps when the crows took a dip the water on their wings reflected sunlight... it's inspiring though to think in a moment of immersion we might for an instant reflect the divine in body or mind.

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  17. Oh wow that is very beautiful color. The temple looks very amazing too.

    Sweets

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  18. Not just interesting but amazing!

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  19. It is exquisite and awe-inspiring.Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos.

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  20. A stunningly beautiful piece of architecture! The colour is amazing! And loved your information about it too!

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  21. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday.

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  22. wow those are really stunning! thanks for sharing :)

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  23. Indian Temples are so ornate with so many statues. The yellow, I don't suppose they are gold?

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  24. Thank you all for your wonderful comments :)

    @ Noel
    I'm not sure what the Yellow color signifies (if it really does) because it was painted Yellow recently, the gopura's of the temple were multicolored before.

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  25. @ Sukhmandir Kaur

    Thanks for sharing a similar legend with us here

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  26. Love the colours. It looks like a delicious cake!

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  27. so rich and so beautiful..love watchn them..thanks for uplodn.

    keep clickn.. :p

    Regards

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