Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, Karnataka

Located at a height of 2800 ft above the sea level in Chamarajanagar district, Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is a legendary temple lying atop on the hill. Part of the forest zone, this temple is dedicated to Lord Gopalaswamy, the incarnation of Lord Krishna, this one is like a paradise on earth.

The Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta temple bears quite a history as it is said that sage Agastya performed the penance here so as to please Lord Vishnu and happened to please him. Lord Vishnu then agreed to stay here in return. The temple has a shrine which was built by Hoysala king Ballala during 1315 AD, in a design of single-tiered gopuram along with the walls being painted and sculpted with ten different forms of Lord Vishnu. It also has a flag pillar and has a sacrificial altar in the inner porch.

The sanctorium harbors the idol of Lord Krishna who is in a dancing pose and holds a flute sitting under the tree. It also has beautiful carvings and drawings depicting the Lord's companions, i.e. Rukmini and Satyabhama and hosts of friends, trees, cowherd and more. The Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta also has a unique feature that it has cold water dripping off constantly from above the door of the temple. There’s also a lake nearby which is named as Hamsatirtha which means the lake of swans. This place is a must visit one and one should always look to visit the priests as well and take part in the lessons that they will relate to.


Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta Temple open at 08:30 AM to 04:00 PM

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