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Nestled in the South Indian state of India, Karnataka, the region of Sakleshpur is eminently known for its temples that grace and highlight the state’s rich cultural heritage and legacy. These sacred sanctuaries offer the most ideal environment for a peaceful and spiritual retreat to both devotees and visitors alike. From the intricate carvings on pillars to the beautifully designed architecture showcasing Hindu mythology, the temples in Sakleshpur offer an unworldly sense of tranquillity.

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Here are the top five temples in Sakleshpur worth visiting, offering a glimpse into the spiritual haven’s rich history and magnificent architecture.

1. Sri Sakleshwara Temple

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Constructed between the 11th and 14th centuries, the Sri Sakaleswara Temple in Sakleshpur is one of the oldest temples in Karnataka, situated by the Hemavathi River. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built during the reign of the Hoysala kingdom, hence showcasing the marvellous craftsmanship of Hoysala. The temple dates back over 600 years at the entrance of the town of Sakleshpur, where the enormous and magnificent statue of Lord Shiva serves as the main attraction for locals and tourists alike.

The Sri Sakleshwara Temple is famed for its annual rath yatra which takes place in the month of February and thousands of devotees as well as tourists visit the temple to take part in the parade and view this majestic spectacle. Interestingly, the temple is where the city of Sakleshpur is named after and although it is smaller than most of the temples of South India, it still serves the purpose of being a primary site for pilgrims in the area.

Distance from Sakleshpur: 1.5 km from Sakleshpur Bus Stand

Distance from Sakleshpur: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, open on all the days

Best time to visit: Tourists can visit the temple anytime throughout the year

Must Read: Best Places To Visit In Karnataka

2. Kukke Subramanya Temple

Lord Ganesha’s sculpture showcased inside the Kukke Subramanya Temple, among the famous temples in Sakleshpur.

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Devoted to Lord Karthikeya, worshipped in the temple as Lord Subrahmanya, the Kukke Subramanya Temple is located at the core of the village Subrahmanmanya, in the Dakshina Kannada region. Surrounded by the lush greenery on all sides, the temple serves as the perfect environment for peace and tranquillity. Besides the serene setting of the temple, the Kumara Parvatha mountain, adds an altogether magical vibe to the sanctuary. It is believed that Shesha Parvatha, a mountain that resembles a six-headed cobra, adjoining the Kumara Parvatha, safeguards the temple.

Historically, it is believed that the temple serves as an abode of the ‘nagas’, and deities Lord Subrahmanya and Vasuki, the serpent king are worshipped here. The devotees have a strong regard to the saying that the temple cures skin ailments and the holy bath in Kumaradhara Thirtha & Mandesnana treats diseases such as leprosy. By performing and partaking in the Sarpa Samskara Pooja, Ashlesha Pooja and other rites, people attain the Naga Dosha Pariharam (remedy).

Distance from Sakleshpur: 59 kms

Distance from Sakleshpur: Morning- 6:30 am to 1:30 pm
Evening- 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Best time to visit: September to March

3. Ayyappa Swami Temple

Ayyappa Swami Temple, , among the famous temples in Sakleshpur.

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Sabarimala, a Hindu pilgrimage place dedicated to Lord Ayyappan, is home to the Ayyappa Swami Temple. It is surrounded by 18 hills, all of which have several temples located on top of them. A famous tale surrounding the temple suggests that after getting the boon from Lord Shiva to destroy anything and anyone he places his hands upon, Brahma Sutra attempted to devastate Lord Shiva himself. In response to this, to save Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu changed into the enchantress Mohini and charmed the demon to the extent that Brahma Sutra placed his hands over his own head, instantly slaying himself. Lord Shiva was curious about this avatar of Lord Vishnu and wanted to see him as the enchantress Mohini. The transformation resulted in the appearance of Dharma Sastha, of whom Lord Ayyappa is the incarnation.

Situated at the Sakleshpur Lake Park, it is the perfect place for families as well as individuals seeking a spiritual retreat.

Distance from Sakleshpur: 2 km from Sakleshpur Bus Stand

Distance from Sakleshpur: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, open on all days

Best time to visit: October to March

Suggested Read: Temples In Karnataka

4. Temple of Halebid and Belur

Intricate carvings portrayed on the Halebid and Belur temple, among the famous temples in Sakleshpur.

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One of the finest architectures of Hindu temples that were built during the Hoysala Period, the Temple of Halebid and Belur display the most intricately carved designs, built from a soft stone known as ‘chloritic schist’. Located in the Hassan district of Karnataka, Belur is a historical city, famously known as the ‘land of kings and temples’. As a result of their passion for temples and architecture, Hoysala constructed the best of its monuments in the city of Belur. Some of the most prominent temples of Belur include the Veera Narayana temple, Kappe Chennigaraya temple and Chennakesava temple.

Halebid was constructed in 1121 A.D. by the chief of staff of the Hoysala empire, Ketumalla. Halebid is dedicated to Shantala Devi and Vishnuvardhana, who were the queen and king of Ketumalla. The construction of the temple took over 105 years and it is believed that when standing on the platform of the temple, the hills on the opposite side consisting of two gigantic bulls and a figure of Lord Ganesha to the South are visible to the devotees. Some of the most significant temples of Halebid are Hoysaleswara Temple and Shantaleswara temple.

Distance from Sakleshpur: 35 kms

Distance from Sakleshpur: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed on Friday for tourists

Best time to visit: October to March

5. Bettada Byraveshwara Temple

The magnificent Bettada Byraveshwara Temple in Hassan district, Karnataka

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Located near Mekanagadde in Hassan district, Karnataka, the Bettada Byraveshwara temple in Sakleshpur is a 600 year old ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is surrounded by the panoramic views of the hills and situated in the heart of the Western Ghats. Interestingly, according to legends and lore, some worshippers believe that Lord Byraveshwara came in the dreams of a devotee and instructed him to build the temple, while historically, it is said that during their period of exile, the Pandavas of the Mahabharata resided there for a short period of time.

The temple is built such that the region’s architectural heritage is beautifully showcased. The temple tower, known as Gopura, acts as a door to the spiritual world as it is constructed with sculptures and carvings, portraying various mythological tales. Every year, during the month of January, visitors and devotees from all parts of the country visit the temple for the annual Abhishekha to seek the blessings of Lord Bhairava.

Distance from Sakleshpur: 37 kms

Distance from Sakleshpur: 6:00 am to 5:00 pm, open on all the days

Best time to visit: October to March

Further Read: Temples In India

Make a trip to Karnataka and visit the mystical town of Sakleshpur that offers an environment of peace and serenity and serves as the perfect retreat for devotees and travellers wanting to build a spiritual connection and a relaxing getaway from the daily commotion of the city life. A visit to these temples will give tourists a chance to unwind, appreciate the beauty and the lore surrounding the temples.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Temples In Sakleshpur

What is the best tourist season to visit Sakleshpur?

The best time to visit Sakleshpur is between October and March when the temperature is more on the cooler and pleasant side.

How to reach the temples in Sakleshpur?

Sakleshpur is connected well to the rest of the cities like Bangalore, Mangalore etc by road, bus as well as rail. The Sakleshpur Bus Stand is relatively near to a lot of major temples of Sakleshpur.

What kind of destinations is Sakleshpur known for?

Sakleshpur is best known for its temples, hills and mountains that serve as the perfect weekend getaway.

What are the must-visit temples in Sakleshpur?

Some of the most prominent temples to visit in Sakleshpur are Sri Sakleshwara Temple, Bettada Byraveshwara Temple, Eshwara Temple and Temple of Halebid and Belur.

What food items or cuisine is well known in Sakleshpur?

Sakleshpur is well known for its filter coffee and akki roti. Besides this, South Indian cuisine such as idli, dosa, vada etc.


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