Melukote is also called Thirunarayanapuram | Road map to Melukote from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Melukote is also called Thirunarayanapuram. ‘Mel’ means above and ‘Kotai’ means a small hill having a fort. As per tradition Melkote is called Gnana mandapam, Kanchi is the Tyaga mandapam, Srirangam is the Bhoga mandapam and Tirumala is called the Pushpa mandapam. Melkote is situated near Mandya town in Karnataka state. Devotees can reach this place from Bangalore or Mysore. As per sthalapuraanam, in the krutha yugam, a sage Sanatkumar brought the Utsavamurthy of Lord Vishnu from Satya lokam. Thus this place was called Narayanadri. In Threta yugam, Dattatreya worshipped this idol with Vedadhyayanam and so it was then called Vedadri. In Dwapara yugam Lord Srikrishna worshipped the idol here and so it was called Yadavadri.
The temple at Melkote belongs to 11th or 12th centuries. Bhagawadramanujam stayed here for 12 years when the Chola king Krimitantudu was torturing the people. He restored the Melkote temple with the help of King Vishuvardhana. Ramanujam re-installed the utsavamurthulu which were with Delhi Nawab. The idol in this temple appears as a 14, 15 years handsome boy. Goddess Lakshmi is called Yadugiri nachiyar. Lord Narsimha swamy temple is situated on a temple here. Brahmotasavam and Vairmudi festival are the important festivals here.
Road map to Melukote from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India: