Location: Located in the group of temples at Amba Vilas Palace, Venkataramana Temple is one of the ancient Hindu temples of Mysore.
Description: Mysore is one of the oldest South Indian cities and is renowned for its historic temples all over the world. Venkataramana Temple is one such temple dedicated to God Venkateshwara and Constructed during the rule of Wodeyar dynasty. During 17th century, this temple was used as the residence of Wodeyar royal family and later on it served as the palace of the great emperor, Tipu Sultan. The temple consists of a mantapa, a pillared outdoor hall for public rituals and Garbagriha, a small sanctum of Hindu temple. The walls of sanctum and pillared hall are bare but the base is decorated with a row of sculptures of various gods and goddesses. Yali is a motif in Indian art which is often carved onto the pillars of temples using Dravidian architecture. It is widely used on pillars in all four directions of Venkataramana temple. This temple is a treasure chest of South Indian architecture which is worth visiting.
Activities: Vaikuntha Ekadashi is the main festival which is celebrated here every year and huge numbers of Hindu devotees throng the temple on this famous occasion.