Shweta Varahaswamy Temple, Karnataka

Shweta Varahaswamy Temple

Location: Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Shweta Varahaswamy Temple is a magnificent temple situated at the southern entrance of Mysore Palace.

Description: Shweta Varahaswamy Temple is a historical evidence of Hoysala architecture style. During Wodeyar dynasty, King Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar installed a stone image of Shweta Varahaswamy in Srirangapatna, where this temple is currently located. Lord Varha is the prime deity of this temple and believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The idol of Lord Varaha in this temple is made from pure white stone and that is why the temple’s deity is named as ‘Shweta Varaha’. The walls of this temple are ornamented with beautiful and highly attractive murals and paintings depicting images from Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. The doorway of this temple is beautifully decorated with medieval art. Due to the beautiful carvings, this temple is extremely popular among tourists. There are only a few temples in India primarily dedicated to Lord Varha and Shweta Varahaswamy Temple is one of them. This temple is a great contribution of Wodeyar Dynasty to represent Hindu culture and traditions. 

Activities: Tourists must visit this temple in evening time, when the exterior of this temple is entirely lit up and the whole temple sparkles with enigmatic lights.

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