Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, Gundlupet

About Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta Information-Gundlupet

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is a hill located near Gundlupet in the Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka state. Just about 75 kms from Mysore, it lies in the jurisdiction of the Bandipur National Park and is frequented by wild animals including elephants. Atop the hill is a temple dedicated to Lord Venugopala Swamy, which is one of the names of the Hindu God Krishna, built centuries ago. The temple was built in 1315 by Perumal Dandanayaka, a Chola Viceroy. The garbha griha (Sanctum Santorum) contains a panel with an idol of Krishna holding a flute under a tree. Lord Krishna is flanked by his friends and the posture is that of a dance with the left big toe resting on the right one. In the panel are also shown milk sellers and cows. Lord Gopalaswamy s idol is flanked by his consorts- Rukmini and Satyabhama.

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