Welcome to Somnathpur

Welcome to Somnathpur

The Keshava temple at Somnathpur, built in 1268 A.D. by the Hoysalas is the quieter cousin of the more famous temples from the same era at Belur and Halebidu. This Sunday morning, I have the temple to myself for almost an hour; no tourists, no noise, only the quiet stillness of history.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. sumanbolar says:

    Ooooh! Ooooh!!! You just went and shared my “secret” place with the world! Now it’ll become another Belur-Halebid 🙁 Seriously, though, Somnathpur at sunset is a treat. Just lying on the warm stone and feeling history course through you as you gaze at the sky is an experience you’ll want to repeat over and over again. Please don’t vist though – I want it for myself!

  2. charukesi says:

    suman, oops 🙂 – I hope it never become another Belur-Halebidu… *hmmmm* about the sunset bit – I am thinking more about the stone washed clean by the rain… oh, I want to go back…

  3. sandeep says:

    beautiful picture of somnathpur

  4. charukesi says:

    thank you, sandeep 🙂

  5. Venky says:

    super stuff Charu – lovely pic as usual 🙂
    something so enchanting about a quiet and empty temple – you never want to leave … warm stones, sunsets, long corridors – mmm – brings back memories of the Brihadeeswara temple, Thanjavur.

  6. charukesi says:

    Venky, – true, something magical about having an ancient temple to yourself… or a fort or palace – I manage some quick time travel into the past 🙂

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