Welcome to Sri Gayathri Devi temple, Mysore
The famous kings of Mysore - Sri Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and Sri Jayachamaraja Wodeyar have been pioneers in building these temples inside the Mysore fort, around the Mysore Ambavilas Palace. In the year 1951 A.D., the then Majaraja of Mysore Sri Jayachamaraja Wodeyar thought of building Sri Gayathri Devi temple. On the north side of the palace, there was already Trineshwara temple. Also on the south-east, there was Shwetha Varahaswamy temple. It seems the memory of his daughter Gayathri Devi would often come to him and also to balance the architectural beauty of the palace surroundings, building of Sri Gayathri Devi temple on the south—eastern side towards Jayamarthanda Gate was proposed. For this purpose, the king invited the famous Sculptor Sri B. Basavanna who had rich experience and fame of sculpting many idols of Hindu deities.
All Hindu rituals start with chanting of Gayathri hymns (shlokas). It is mentioned in the puranas (ancient books on Gods, Goddesses) that Gayathri Devi appears in different forms during a day, she appears as Gayathri in the morning, Savithri in the afternoon and Saraswathi in the evening. The Sanskrit verse denoting these different forms of appearance is as follows:
Devim purvahna sandhyayam Gayathrim vahni roopinimGayathri appears as fire in the morning
Devim madhyahna sandhyayam Savithrim rudra roopinimGayathri appears as Savithri during the midday in the form of god Rudra
Saraswathim tu sayahne sandhyayam Vishnu roopinimIn the evening, Gayathri Devi appears in the form of god Vishnu
The world famous Mysore Palace in the city of Mysore has been attracting tourists from all over the world through its sheer majesty and artistic beauty. The main Ambavilas palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens and eight ancient, elegant and beautiful temples. Each temple with a unique aesthetic and artistic beauty was built by the Maharajas of Mysore during their rule of Mysore kingdom. These ancient temples are famous for their architecture, built strictly according to the tenets of Hindu Temple architecture by well known architects of the era. The art and architecture adopted in each element of design motifs chosen are all witness to the patronage of Wodeyars. These temples give us the insight of the architecture prevalent during the tenure of each king and about the interest bestowed by the Wodeyar dynasty towards the construction of these temples.