The Chennakesava Temple located at Somanathapura ( about 1 hour drive from Mysuru, Karnataka) is one of the finest architectural stone cut temples of India.This temple was built in 1268 C.E by Soma, a Dandanayaka (lit, “commander”) under Hoysala king Narasimha III, when the Hoysala Empire was the major power in South India. If you visit Mysuru, take a trip to Somanathpura to admire architectural beauty of this temple.
About 60kms southwest of Bangalore, is a small town named Channapatna which in local language is called the Toy-Town. It is said that 200years back Tipu Sultan of Mysore had taught the local artisans the art of toy making by inviting Persian artisans. The toys were initially made using ivory wood which was turned, machined and finished traditionally and then colored using the vegetable colors. Ever since then, the people here have worshipped their job and treated the work-shed as a temple. This is why they would never wear footwear inside the work-shed which causes cuts and wounds on their feet. They do not even use the safety goggles to maintain the fineness in the work quality.
Karpaga Vinayagar Temple – An ancient Ganesh temple at Pillayarpatti , TamilNadu.
Karpaka Vinayakar Temple is loacted at pillaiyar patti, Thiruppatthur, Tamil Nadu. This is one of the ancient rock-cut shrine dedicated to lord Ganesh. According to Agama texts found on stones of the temple, it might be build between 1091 to 1238. However there are different inscriptions which date further back to 4th century AD, so there is no exact date when this temple was build as we find different aspects like vimanams, rajagopurams,
inscriptions etc. stating diffent time period. Pillaiyar is the Tamil name of lord Ganesh (lord of wisdom).
Lord Vinayagar is portrayed with his trunk curled towards right and with two arms unlike 4 arms, overall 6 feet image. As this is stone cut and is located in cave, there is no provision of doing pradikshana (circumambulation) Whole idol is coated with gold, it is only when holy bath is performed one can see original form.
Pillayarpatti Karpaga Vinayagar Temple
Sivagangai District, Koothadipatti, Pillayarpatti, Tamil Nadu 630207