One afternoon of September 2003, while some Oriyas were immersing the Ganesh idol in the holy river Kaveri, a dilapidated Srinivasa temple covered by bushes and wild plants attracted their sight. Instant decision was made to initiate action for renovation of the temple and worship of the presiding deities, which had been discontinued for many years. In addition, OAM envisioned the idea of installing the idols of Lord Jagannath, a form of Vishnu, along with His brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra in this temple.
The temple and its connected land currently belong to the State of Karnataka. After a year of run around and persuasive efforts of the Association, permission was obtained by OAM to restore the temple and to perform rituals of the presiding deities, Lord Venkateshwara and Bhoga Narasimha with his consorts Bhudevi & Sridevi. The performance of daily rituals commenced from
14th April , 2005.
Archaeologists, religious scholars and engineers have been solicited in the restoration work. These specialists have opined that the Venkateshwara temple was built around 11th century A. D., with subsequent modifications. These specialists also appreciate the archaeological importance of this temple. OAM, as an Organization, has attracted a lot of commendation and media coverage in recent times for its noble effort in the restoration work.
Although the temple structure is in a dilapidated condition, the deities carved out of black granite, appear majestic and beautiful. The temple has a serene surrounding, located on the
south bank of the river Kaveri, with green paddy fields all around it. To reach the temple, one has to travel about 2Kms to the right just before village Belagola on the main Mysore – KRS / Brindavan Garden Road.
The temple could become an excellent tourist centre as it is located in serene surroundings on the banks of
Kaveri and is in route to the Brindavan Gardens.
OAM has contacted well-known archaeologists and scholars from Mysore,
seeking their advice for the temple renovation work.
Dr. M. S. Nagaraj Rao,
Former Director General of Archaeological Survey of India, Dr.
M. S. Krishna Murthy, Former Chairman and Head of the Department of
Studies in Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Mysore,
Mysore and Salva Pille Iyengar, a scholar in Sanskrit and specialist in Agama Shastra
have agreed to actively participate in the renovation work.
Experts from the field have given opinion that the temple might have been built in 11th century and has immense
archaeological importance. The temple is in ruins because of the
vagaries of nature and could have been expanded in the course of
The cost of renovation is estimated at Rs. 30 lakh and OAM has started collecting funds from its members and also from the community. It has decided to seek contributions from philanthropists for this
noble task. The restoration, without altering the original architecture,has
already begun since November 2005.