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Tonnnur - Lakshminarayana Devalaya

This holy Vaishnava kshetra, the capital of Hoyasalas enjoys the honour of converting Hoyasala Bittideva into that illustrious Vishnu Vardhana, who perpetuated the glory of the builders of the Channakesavaswamy temple into peerless and timeless sculptors, whom the Mother Earth has not produced so far. They have no peers nor superiors. Vishnu Vardhan s contribution to sculptural art and Vaishnavism excelled the unexcelled glories, all but due to the abundant compassion of this temple's archamurti - Lakshmi Narayanaswamy. The sthalapurana narrates that when Sri Ramanuja was dwelling here and worshipping this Lord, Bittideva, the celebrated Hoyasala Jain ruler sought Itamanuja's guidance. The invisible power of the Lord entered the mind of the ruler through Ramanuja and metamorphosed him into a Vaishnava non-pareil, who thence onwards began construction of temples deemed the sweet poems in black stone by critics. This temple was built in the twelfth century. There was existing then Sri Krishna's temple which was luring devotees steadily. The priest extols the soul force of Ramanuja with the well-known episode of materializing a pond at the entreaty of the locals, when drinking water was not available. The piteous wails of the people so moved him that he summoned his soul power to help them. Since then the tank has never gone dry. And lo! its purity and sweetness so seduced Tippu Sultan that he was getting drinking water from this tank only. Another Subedhar, who was enchanted by the tank's glory called it Moti Talab, which has stuck to it so firmly that even today people are calling Moti Talab. The temple built on a hillock is exceedingly grand and is possessing all the component parts. Morethan this, the archamurti is a byword for compassion and has been a source of hope and solace. Ramanuja's stay left indelible marks on the temple and the Lord made him immortal by his compassion.

It is 6 km off Pandavapura, and 27 km off Melkote, one of the famous pilgrim towns of Karnataka, accessible by bus.

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