The Trinesvaraswamy Temple is Mysore's oldest temples and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is in the northeast corner of a fort inside the Mysore Palace Complex. Mysore kings have also contributed a lot in the expansion and beautification of the Trinesvaraswamy Temple.
About The Temple
This temple is built in Dravidian style. It existed before Raja Wodeyar (1578-1617). The temple was originally located on the bank of the Devaraya Sagar or Doddakere. The fort was enlarged during the reign of Kanthirava Narasaraja Wodeyar (1638-1659) and his successor Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar (1659-1672) and as a result the temple came within the fort enclosure. In the northwest of the Prakara there are a number of Naga stones under a Peepul tree. Around the Prakara there are several Lingas and shrines of Parvathi, Chamundeswari, Suryanarayana and Sankaracharya. The marble statue of the Shankaracharya is a later addition. The Navaranga has two entrances, one on the west and the other on the south. To the left of the Sukhanasi entrance there is a statue that is about half a meter in height. The statue is of sage Trinabindu.
In a cell that faces the south entrance there is a metallic statue of the God. On either side in the two niches are statues of Ganapathi. On the south outer wall of the Navaranga are two niches that enshrine the figure of Virabhadra and Dakshinamurthy. The statue of Dakshinamurthy is seated under a tree in the posture of meditation. The statue has four hands, one holding a rosary, another Rudra Veena, the third a book and the fourth in Chinmudra or teaching pose.
According to legend, Sage Trinabindu performed penance at the temple site. Lord Shiva appeared and consecrated a lingam, which came to be known as Trinesvara or Trinayanesvara, meaning three-eyed god (Lord Shiva).
The temple attracts a large number of devotees during the Shivaratri celebrations. Special prayers are offered every three hours of the holy Shivaratri night till dawn.
The nearest airport to Trinesvaraswamy Temple is the Mysore airport. The nearest railway station is the Mysore Junction Train Station which is 1 km away from Trinesvaraswamy Temple. There are regular buses as well.
India, Pincode – 570004.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
The temple is open from 06:00 am to 07:00 pm.