Melkote (also known as Melukote), a historic town, is located at a distance of 50 km from Mysore. Melkote is situated in Pandavapura Taluk of Mandya district. Melkote is one of the holy places of Karnataka. It is built on rocky hills known as Yadavagiri or Yadugiri overlooking the Kaveri valley. Melkote is also referred as Thirunarayanapuram.
We started from bangalore and reached mandya, we took a right turn and travelled for around 50 to 60 kms to reach Melkote. One of the temples is located above the hill and there are steps to reach the temple. The place is very beautiful with full of greenery and it is very pleasant to sit down near the pushkarni (water pool). We had food near the pushkarni. The simplicity of people there and pleasing nature astonished me. I really liked this place very much. The history of this place is described below.
King Bittideva of Karnataka who embraced the Sri Vaishnava way of life and patronized the saint Ramanujacharya, assumed the name of Vishnuvardhana and built five shrines known as the Panchanarayana temples. It is believed that at that time the Narayanapura shrine was in ruins and that both the images of Tirunarayana and Sampathkumara were missing and that Ramanujacharya discovered the image of Tirunarayana in the midst of Tulasi shrubs on the Yadavagiri hill and installed it back in the temple.
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