Himvad Gopalswami Temple

The highest point on the Bandipur National Park is on a hill called Himvad Gopalswami which is the home to this Hindu Temple. It was built by Hoysala King Ballala in 1315. Later on, the Woodeyan Dynasty of Mysore showed a great interest in maintaining the hill temple, who also happened to be great devotees of Venugopala. The temple is dedicated to a form of the Hindu deity, Krishna, called Gopalaswamy. A sacrificial altar and a flag pillar are present on the inner porch. The walls also happen to contain the sculptures of the various avatars of God Vishnu. The ‘garbhagriha’ contains a very famous idol of Lord Krishna on his famous pose of playing the flute. The scenic beauty of the temple invites many tourists and is the part of the habitat to many animals and plants. It is an ancient temple, right at the heart of nature. Religious people and Nature lovers both can enjoy a tour of this beautiful temple, located right on a hill top. 

 

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