Tumkur Districts


Sri  Chenna Keshava Swamy Temple

At Kaidala near Tumkur Our friendly Parthasarthi Bhattar welcomes you and he takes you around the temple for a good darshan of Sri , Bhoo Devi Sametha ChennaKeshava Keshava Perumal. His Talks takes you back to Hoysala Period, the Modern day Kaidala was known as Krida Nagara. This was build after Somnathpura, Belur and Halebedu. This was known as Krida Nagara because Here Mal Yudha, TagriKalaga, Gunjaskaliga used to take place in the Playground. Then he informed that this place is the Birth Place of famous Sculptor and illustrious Son of Karnataka Jakanachari. It was Jakanachari who sculptured the famous Somnathpura, Belur and Halebedu temples. Jakanachari’s life story speaks of romance, love and dedication to art. The master craftsman’s career began during the reign of Nripa Haya, a local chieftain ruling Kaidala or Kridapura. Jakanachari, a young sculptor, leaves his wife behind at Kaidala and travels far and wide, seeking to perfect his art and attain fame. During the course of his travels, he built several elegant temples including Belur and Halebedu. Working and travelling, Jakanachari becomes so engrossed in sculpting new and beautiful temples that he forgets his wife. Then back home at Kaidala, a son is born to him and his wife names him Dankanachari. The young boy grows up to become a sculptor too , it is quite natural, Puliku Porandadu Poonai Aguma. Attaining adulthood, Dankanachari sets out in search of his father. Traveling and traveling he reaches Belur, he notices that a ChennaKeshava temple is being built and goes to see the same. At the site, he points out a blemish in one of the main images and says that the flaw makes the idol unworthy of worship. The sculptors at Belur and disciples of Jakanachari chide him saying that it is not possible at all, After all great Sculptor Jakanachari is Sculpturing the same. He pleads with everyone. One day somehow he manages to meet the King; He intimates the same information to the King. King is in dilemma, neither he can support Jakanachari nor he can ignore the citizen’s plea. King should be just, so he calls Jakanachari and informs him of boy’s information. Jakanachari takes the challenge of the boy very seriously and declares hastily to cut off his right hand if any defect could be found in the image he had carved. Then king gives a date for the test. How will you test the Idol? Raja asks his assistants to grind the Sandal paste from sandal wood, and then they grind huge quantity of Sandal paste. Then the idol is covered with sandal paste, They allow the sandal paste to dry. Sandal Paste all over the idol dries except around the navel. Then young Dankanachari goes on to examine the idol along with Jakanachari With the Chisel, Dankanachari gives a gentle tap , behold out comes first water, then some sand and finally the a type of frog ( Therai in Tamil). Jakanachari Accepts defeat ,King asks the young lad his Poorvika ( His family details etc) Then Jakanachari gets a shock of his life in knowing that the young lad is none other than his own son ( Jakanachari’s wife was pregnant when he left Kaidala) , Then Dankanachari tells his father that since he is his own father , he need not cut his hand, but inspite of his son’s pleas Jakanachari cuts off his right hand as promised. Subsequently, Jakanachari gets a vision directing him to dedicate a temple to lord ChennaKeshava in his native place, Kridapura present day Kaidala. Then both father and Son take leave of the King, and he gets the Correct stone from Belur itself ( Each type of Idol require different type of stones ) Accordingly, he returns to that place and with his blunt hand and his sons help he builds the ChennaKeshava temple and sculptors a beautiful moorthy of ChennaKeshava and legend says that no sooner was the temple completed than his right hand was restored. They say Kai Kotida Dala (Place where his hands got back is the name Kaidala in Kannada) In commemoration of this incident, the place has ever since been called Kaidala.

Now let us go around the ChennaKeshava temple

The sprawling ChennaKeshava temple complex is completely surrounded by a tall fort-like wall. The temple is a fine blend of Hoysala, Dravidian and Vijayanagara styles of architecture. The Mahadwara or outer gate is surmounted by a massive Gopura and has a large doorway flanked by beautifully anointed pillars. On the right pillar is a figure of ChennaKeshava, similar to the one inside the temple, with consorts on the side panels. The left pillar has a fine figure, about 11 ft tall, standing with folded hands, wearing an uttariya (upper cloth) and a dagger, which is said to represent the celebrated sculptor Jakanachari. Another school of thought states that this figure represents the chief who sanctioned the construction of the temple or the Mahadwara.

Enter through the main gate and the vastness and beauty of the temple complex strikes you. The large courtyard with its shady trees and lush green lawn provides a serene and harmonious ambiance ideal for spiritual thought and deliberation.

Two hero-stones are also placed to the right of the main entrance inside the temple courtyard. A short walk through the courtyard leads to the Navaranga which is supported by several artistically carved pillars.

The pillars and walls of the temple are adorned with carved relief images of dancing girls, sages, lions, elephants and demy-gods and incidents from Ramayana and Mahabharata.

The west-facing monolithic black-granite image of Lord ChennaKeshava is about 5½ ft tall and is installed on a 2½ feet high pedestal. The ten incarnations of Vishnu are carved on the prabhavali (representation of aura). Strikingly beautiful images of Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi – two consorts of Lord ChennaKeshava – flank the main image in the sanctum.

Now Rajagopuram is being built with Dharmasthala Veerendra Hegde.

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The Temple Timings are Daily Morning 8.30 Am to 12.30 Pm and Evening 6.30 Pm to 8.30 Pm. On Tuesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays Morning 10.30 Am  - 2.30 Pm and Evening 5.30 Pm to 8.30 Pm.

The Contact Details are.
K V Parthasarthi, Pradhana Archakar or His son K P Jai Simha,
ChennaKeshava Temple, Gulur P O , Kaidala taluk, Tumkur District, Karnataka,
Cell: 9741328088 / 9880783397, Land Line:0816 – 2246553 ,2246459.

Sri Parthasarathy Bhattar or his K P Jai Simha   may be contacted here. If any Seva is to be conducted, a week's time should suffice to make arrangements.

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