A Grand Tree at Somanathapura

A Grand Tree - Somanathapura, India

A Grand Tree – Somanathapura, India

My first tourist stop on my road to Mysore was Somanathapura, a small village twenty-four miles from the City of Mysore. Located there is Chennakesava Temple, a Hindu Temple built in 1258. The architecture is stunning, but before I entered, I was greeted by a grand and beautiful tree.

I made this photograph just past the entrance to the grounds. The stone path makes a nice photographic leading line to the tree. To the right, you can see the stone walls of Chennakesava. And, while the temple is impressive and I’ll feature photos from it, today it’s all about the tree. Something that eclipses the ancient temple, at least from this vantage point.

After some three hours on the road, I was glad to get out of the car. I don’t know how crowded this place gets, but I got there relatively early and the temple grounds where uncrowded. Something that I usually can’t say about many places in India.

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