The vast entrance Lawn of Nambi Narayana Temple

The vast entrance Lawn of Nambi Narayana Temple


 

Do not miss this magnificent temple and Tonnur Lake if you are traveling around Mandya. I visited this place by chance and have fallen head over heels in love with this place. I thought there are a lot of like-minded people in the world and hence sharing this!

 


Prakara of the Temple on One side

Prakara of the Temple on One side

This place is near Pandavapura about 8-9 km. from Pandavapura. It is a temple dedicated to Vishnu and the main deity is called ‘Nambi Narayana’. Nambi is a Kannada word which means ‘believe’. The temple was constructed during the Hoysala ruling around 12th century AD. The main deity of the temple Narayana’s idol is a beautiful piece of carving and looks magnificent standing at 1.8 meters. The temple stands on a huge plot and has a vast area.

The Entire Temple is built of Stone

The Entire Temple is built of Stone

The temple is completely a stone construction and you can not stop wondering how wonderfully they have assembled the stones during the age when no types of machinery were available. As in most of the olden temples, the pillars have intricate carvings, the ceiling has Sri Chakra and many stone pillars support the roof of the temple. The pictures describe this marvel better. It is a peaceful place where you can spend some time meditating.

A view of the Entrance door from Inside

A view of the Entrance door from Inside

The temple was further improved during the reign of Vijayanagara Kings. There as Krishna temple just opposite this temple which is also worth visiting and spending time.

A View of the vast Tonnur Lake

A View of the vast Tonnur Lake

If you go about 1 km. further, you can see a small hillock, a small water body and a statue of Sri. Ramanujacharya in meditating posture.

Statue of Sri Ramanujacharya

Statue of Sri Ramanujacharya

Tonnur Lake – A blissful place!

Climb the hillock which is very small and you will be exposed to the magnificent view of Tonnur lake. This is a huge water body with pure water and a cold breeze, surrounded by hillocks. You can sit on the steps of the lake and enjoy the waves, cool breeze and also the village smell.

Lake in the back drop of the Hillock

Lake in the backdrop of the Hillock

How to Reach?

The place is worth taking a deviation of about 20 km. if you are traveling on the Bangalore-Mysore highway. It is located in Pandavapura, Mandya District, and fits perfectly for a One-day outing near Bangalore. You can Google Tonnur Lake and it will take you there! Bathing and swimming may be dangerous in the lake, so be careful. Also, the steps are slippery so climb down the steps carefully to reach water. Marks some 3-4 hours for this and do visit this place.

Mouth watering hot Jaggery

Mouthwatering hot Jaggery

This is one of the best places to visit near Mysore and weekend destination for those living in Bangalore. You can buy fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables on the way. Do not forget to visit ‘Aalemane’ or the place where they make jaggery. Tasting the fresh, hot jaggery is an experience by itself. Do drink fresh cane juice at these places and buy chemical-free jaggery from these places.

Lakshmi

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