Friday, June 23, 2017

Weekend Getaway 51: Sri Lakshmi Beteraya Temple, Turuvekere

Date: 18th June 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Fee: None

Distance: 145 Kms one way

Direction: Bangalore - Nelamangala - Kunigal - Yadiyur - Turuvekere

Parking: Available.

Food: Small eateries available in the town.

Photography: Allowed.

Other attractions nearby: Sri Chennakeshava Temple and Kedareshwara Temple, Nagalapura.

Sri lakshmi beteraya temple is one of the famous temples in the Turuvekere. We reached the temple around 1 PM. The temple was open and not many people were there. After the darshan we went around the temple. The temple was built in dravida style with huge Gopuram and the vimana above the main shrine. Sri mrukunda muni and Sri chandrachooda muni came to turuvekere and was doing thapas in the town. The mayavi rakshasha in-disguise of cruel animals tries to kill the muni.

Lord Vishnu came on horse and hunted those demons. Thus the name Beteraya.

The statue was installed by Hebbaru Chowdaiah and the pooja was done first in 1194. Lakshmi Devi is on the east of  main moorthy.

Immadi veeranarashingaraya and Lokambike, the 10th generation of Hebbaru Chowdaiah donated the uthsava moorthy and took the near by villages under them and improved the villages.

The plain pillars of the open mantapa.

Vimana on the shrine.

Lord Krishna on one of the pillars.

Vimana on the main shrine.

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