Lakshmikanta Temple, Kalale

The Lakshmikanta Temple is a Hindu (Vaishnava) temple in Kalale, a village in the Nanjangud taluk of the Mysore district, Karnataka state, India. The temple dates back at least to the early 18th century and is built in typical dravidian style. The temple is a protected monument under the Karnataka state division of the Archaeological Survey of India.[1]

Lakshmikanta Temple
Hindu temple
Dravidian architecture of Lakshmikanta temple
Dravidian architecture of Lakshmikanta temple
Lakshmikanta Temple is located in Karnataka
Lakshmikanta Temple
Lakshmikanta Temple
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 12°05′0″N 76°40′0″E / 12.08333°N 76.66667°E / 12.08333; 76.66667Coordinates: 12°05′0″N 76°40′0″E / 12.08333°N 76.66667°E / 12.08333; 76.66667
 • OfficialKannada
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)


The Lakshmikanta temple was under the patronage of some of the kings of the Mysore Kingdom. It was expanded and lavish grants were made by king Dodda Krishnaraja I of the Mysore Wodeyar dynasty before c.1732.[2] In the early 18th century, Dalavoy (feudal lord) Devarajiah of the powerful Kalale family donated the impressive metallic figure of the Hindu god Rama to the temple during his last years.[3] According to Habib, Hasan and Sampath, in 1791, the de facto ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan, gave the temple gifts in silver including four cups, a plate and a spittoon (padiga). Habib and Hasan claim the inscriptions on the gifts itself provides evidence that the gifts were made by "Tipu Sultan Bahshah".[4][5][6]



  1. ^ "Protected Monuments in Karnataka". Archaeological Survey of India, Government of India. Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts. Retrieved 10 August 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Sampath, Vikram, (2008), Splendours of Royal Mysore, Chapter: The Dalavoy Regime AD 1704-1734, Section:Decline of the Wodeayrs, Rupa Publications,
  3. ^ Conjeeveram Hayavadana Rao (Rao Sahib), Benjamin Lewis Rice (1930), p328, Historical, Government Press, Mysore
  4. ^ Sampath, Vikram, (2008), Splendours of Royal Mysore, Chapter: The Sword of Tipu Sultan AD 1791-1799, Section:The Controversial Sultan, Rupa Publications,
  5. ^ Habib, Irfan (2002), p118, Confronting Colonialism: Resistance and Modernization Under Haidar Ali & Tipu Sultan, Anthem Press, London, ISBN 1-84331-024-4
  6. ^ Hasan, Mohibbul (1951), p360, History of Tipu Sultan, Aakar Books, Delhi, ISBN 81-87879-57-2