The sacred temple of Tribesvaraswamy surpasses the Mysore Palace of the Mysore city and is devoted to Lord Shiva. It is said that a sage was ordered by Lord Shiva to construct a holy Lingam at the site. This holy Lingam is a representation of The Three eyed Lord Shiva. The southern entrance of the temple has a metal statue of the Lord.
The temple exhibits the Dravidian Style of architecture and possesses magnificent idols of Virabhadra and Dakshinamurthy. Historical evidences prove that this temple was earlier located on the banks of Devarya Sagar, but during the expansion of the fort, under the rule of Kanthirava Narasaraja Wodeyar in 1638 to 1659, the temple was included in the premises of the fort.
The temple has a towering Gopura, but it was destroyed in the 18th century and was a major attraction of the templeâ€™s main entrance. The statues of Kumara, Kshetrapala, Dakshinmurty and Surya are spell bounding and a must watch. The temple comes to life on the night of Shivratri and a special Puja is performed from late night till the early hours of the following morning.