Turuvekere

Turuvekere

About 12 Km, South of the Banasandra railway station.  Turuvekere was once an ‘Agrahara’ or ‘Rent Free Village’ granted to scholarly brahmins in the 13th century A.D.

Turuvekere boasts of many fine Hoysala temples. The temple of Channakeshava is one of them. It was built by Mahadandanayaka Somanna who also built the famous Somnathpur temple. The Gangadhareshwara temple at Turuvekere has a Shivalinga with serpent hoods carved in a single piece of stone and is considered an example of fine sculpting.  This temple also a bull finely carved in horne blend, which has retained its shine even today.  To the east of the Gangadhareshwara temple is a large soapstone bell, the when tapped emits a metallic sound.  The Moole Shankareshwara temple located in this village was built during the hoysala rule in 1260 AD

How to reach?

Nearest railway station is Banasandra, 12 km., away.  Buses are also available from Tumkur and Tiptur.