Melukote Sri Caluva or Cheluva Narayana swamy temple :

God and Godess :

  • Sri Cheluvanarayana Swamy
  • Lakshmi devi
  • Bhu varaha swamy

Location :

Melkote Cheluvanarayana swamy temple,
Melukote / Melkote village,Pandavapura (Taluk),
Mandya district-571431,
Karnataka.

Timings :

  • Morning 7.30am to 1.00pm
  • 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
  • 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm
  • On Special Days : 7.30 am to 1.30pm
  • (Sunday,Saturday&Public Holidays : 3.30pm to 6.00 pm (ghanteyavaravige)
  • 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm (chanteyavaravige)
  • Saturdays and Sundays morning pooja will be from 08.30 am to 01.30 pm

Temple History :

Sri Cheluva Narayana Swamy temple is located at Melkote in Pandavapura taluk of Mandya district. Melkote has located at a distance of 51 km from Mysore and 133 km from Bangalore city. Lord Vishnu is the principle deity of this temple and giving darshan as Sri Cheluva Narayana Swamy. This is the most ancient and powerful temple of Lord Cheluva Narayana Swamy in Karnataka state. The temple is located on the top of a hill which is visible to around 20km from Melkote. According to mythology, the Melkote was known as Narayanadri, Vedadri, Yadavadri, Yathishaila and Thirunarayanapura as the temple of Narayanaswamy is built on granite rocky hill that comprises some of the oldest rock formations on earth known as Yadavagiri or Yadugiri overlooking the Cauvery valley. Melkote is very well known for various famous temples and a festival called Vairamudi.Melkote Sri Cheluva Narasimha Swamy temple is the most sacred pilgrim center for Sri Vaishnavas.

History: Legend has it that in the early 12th century was the time of great rivalries between Shaiva and Vaishnava sects in South India. Vaishnavas were persecuted by the Cholas, who were the rulers of Tamilnadu at that time. Sri Ramanujacharya, the leading preacher of Vaishvism had to escape from Chola rule. He was allowed to live in exile at Melkote by then Hoysala ruler Vishuvardhana. Influenced by Sri Ramanujacharya, Vishuvardhana who was Jain converted to Vaishnavism. During the 14th century, the defeat of Hoysala Kings against Muslim forces saw the destruction of Melkote. The town was plundered by the invaders. It was later restored during Vijayanagar rule. The temple of Sri Cheluva Narayana Swamy is a square building of large dimensions but very plain. The Utsava Murthy, which is a metallic image, representing the deity which is called Cheluvapille Raya or Cheluvanarayana Swamy whose original name appears to have been Ramapriya. According to a legend, this metallic image was lost and was recovered by Sri Ramanujacharya.

There is a beautiful Rajagopuara at the entrance of the temple on the top of the hill. There are shrines of Ramanuja, Alwars, and Yadugiri Amma in the temple. The temple has rich endowments and has the most valuable collection of jewels as it had the special patronage of the Mysore Maharajas. The Mysore King Raja Wodeyar (1578-1617 A.D.) presented a Gold Crown set with precious stones known as Rajamudi. Tipu Sultan donated a Nagari and elephant to the temple. The Mysore King Krishnaraja Wodeyar (1799-1831) presented a Crown set with precious stones known as Krishnarajamudi. There is another Crown in the temple called Vairamudi. All these three crowns are used to decorate the Utsava Murthy during the annual Jatra usually held during March-April visited by lakhs of devotees.

Festivals :

  • Varimudi Brahmostsava
  • Vasantostsava or Vaisakha Sudda Ekadasi
  • Asahada Ekadasi (pallavotsava)
  • SriKrishna Jayanthi
  • Tiruvadipturam on Ashada Bahula margasiradina
  • Pavitrotsava on Badrapada ShuddhaEkadasi
  • Navarathri
  • Dhanurmasa
  • Kotharotsava
  • Kanu Festival (or) Home Anamani
  • Solstice
  • Ratha Saptami
  • Delhi Festival
  • Theppotsavam
  • Sri Krishnrajamudi Festival
  • Fair (or) Astateerthotsava Rajamudi
  • Acharyaramanujara Tirunakshatra

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Sahasranaama – Rs 50
  • Abhisheka (Per person) For Sri Cheluvanarayana Swami, For Sri Ramanujacharya, For Sri Chakrattaalva, For Sri Yoganarasimha Swamy – Rs 800
  • Abhisheka (Per person)For Sri Cheluvanarayana Swami, along with Ubhayanaacchiyaar and Sri Ramanujacharya, inside Sri Cheluvanarayana Swami temple. Same as above, inside Sri Ramanujacharya Temple. For Sri Amma – Rs 1200
  • Mantapa Prathishte – Rs 6500
  • Mudi – Rs 40
  • Mane Seve – Rs 10
  • Chowla – Rs 1170
  • Vaahana (Vehicle) Prathishte – Rs 52
  • Antra (Yantra) – Rs 15
  • Naming Ceremony/Ear pircing – Rs 50
  • Marriage/Upanayana (Thread Ceremony) at places concerning the Temple. – Rs 300
  • Coconut, Karpoora Aarati (Camphor lit Aarati) Pooje – Rs 5
    • Vehicle Pooje
    • Moped, Bike, Auto etc – Rs 25
    • Car, Tempo etc – Rs 50
    • Bus, Lorry etc. – Rs 100
  • Brindavan Seva – Rs 250
  • Pinda Offering – Rs 30
  • Biladwaara – Rs 10
  • Full steps offering/donation – Rs 260
  • 9 steps offering/donation – Rs 80

Celebrations :

  1. ಶ್ರೀಚಲುವರಾಯಸ್ವಾಮಿ ಒಬ್ಬರಿಗೆ ಉತ್ಸವವಾಗಿ ತಮ್ಮ ಸನ್ನಿಧಿಗೆ ಬಿಜಯ ಮಾಡಿದರೆ. – Rs 2000
  2. ಶ್ರೀಚಲುವರಾಯಸ್ವಾಮಿ ಒಬ್ಬರು ಇತರ ಮಂಟಪಗಳಿಗೆ ಬಿಜಯ ಮಾಡಿದರೆ – Rs 2000
  3. ಶ್ರೀಚಲುವರಾಯಸ್ವಾಮಿ ಒಬ್ಬರಿಗೆ ಇತರೆ ಸನ್ನಿಧಿಗೆ ಬಿಜಯ ಮಾಡಿದರೆ – Rs 2100
  4. ಶ್ರೀಚಲುವರಾಯಸ್ವಾಮಿಯವರ ಶಠಾರಿಯೊಡನೆ ಬಿಜಯ ಮಾಡಿದರೆ – Rs 2100
  5. ಶ್ರೀಚಲುವರಾಯಸ್ವಾಮಿಯವರು ಶ್ರೀಉಭಯನಾಚ್ಛಿಯಾರ್ ಮತ್ತು ಶ್ರೀರಾಮಾನುಜಾಚಾರ್ಯರ ಸಹಿತ ಮಂಟಪ್ಪಡಿ ಉತ್ಸವಕ್ಕೆ ಬಿಜಯ ಮಾಡಿದರೆ – Rs 2600
  6. ಅರಳಪ್ಪಾಡ್ – Rs 400
  7. ಶ್ರೀಯವರಿಗೆ ಗರುಡೋತ್ಸವ ವಗೈರೆ ವಾಹನೋತ್ಸವವಾದರೆ – Rs 1560
  8. ಅಷ್ಠತೀರ್ಥೋತ್ಸವದಲ್ಲಿ ಶಠಾರಿ ಮಂಟಪ್ಪಡಿ – Rs 325
  9. ಶಠಾರಿ ಪ್ರತಿಷ್ಠೆಗೆ – Rs 2275

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Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Mandya 39 km
  • Melukote 0.7 km
  • K.R Pate 23 km
  • Nagamangala 28 km
  • Shravanbelgola 35 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Birahalli 36 km
  • Akkiheballu 39 km
  • Mandaagere 44 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Bangalore 169 km
  • Mangalore 260 km

Photos of the temple :