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Yelandur is a small taluka town in Chamarajanagar district in the Indian state of Karnataka.It has historic and cultural importance in this region
It was under the rule of the Chola Kingdom of Tamilnadu in the 15th and 16th centuries. When it came under the rule of Wodeyars of Mysore, in the early 18th century, Dewan Poorniah, a notable Dewan from here, was gifted the land of Yalandur and its surrounding villages by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III - the King of Mysore, in appreciation of the great service rendered to the Mysore State by Poorniah as Dewan or the Prime Minister. Poorniah was instrumental in making the Mysore state into a strong empire and greatly admired, as son of the soil, for having developed the region with several visionary works.
Gaurishwara temple was built in 1550 A.D during the reign of Devabhupala (Singadepa) of the Chola dynasty. This temple was rebuilt in 1654 -1655 by Muddabhupa, grand son Devabhupala, as the old temple was highly dilapidated. The temple has some unique features which makes it very distinctive. Though there is no towering entrance gopura (as is common in South Indian temples), it has a mahadwara or gate called "Bale Mantapa" (Bangle entrance) which has exquisitely stone carved themes, on the walls and pillars, depicting mythological stories of Andhakasura (slaying of demon Andhakasura0, Narasimha (Half Man – Half Lion God) in various manifestations of Dakshinamurthy and Sharaba, Bhirava, Kalingamardhana krishna, Vali and Sugriva. Monolithic stone chains (stone carved rings - 20 cm each) adorn the four corners and the door side of the entrance which gives the name of Bale (Bangle) Mantapa to the temple entrance.
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