Melkote, a temple town situated about 50 km north of Mysore
, is one of India’s best preserved places featuring the cultural heritage of yesteryears. This town flourished during the twelfth century and was the centre of cultural and religious activities. It was home to Acharya Ramanuja
, a great south Indian philosopher.
Many of the traditions belonging to the historic times still persist today. Melkote is home to one of the oldest Sanskrit school, established in 1853, which imparts education in the ancient language and Indian philosophy. This town still exhibits the characteristics of the olden days. The town plan, the building style and the cultural practices have remained unchanged for centuries. It is a living example of the rich cultural grandeur of the past.
Melkote is renowned for the Cheluvaraya Swami temple and the Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple. This town is famous for the Vairamudi festival celebrated during March-April. Other festivals include Teppotsavam and the birth anniversaries of prominent saints. Also to be noted are the folk festivals like the Angamani, which have been incorporated into the temple rituals.
Another major attraction nearby is Melkote Temple Wildlife Sanctuary, which is 5 km away.
Nearest major railhead is the Mysore Junction Railway Station.