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MELKOTE TOURS

MELKOTE TOURS

PICTURESQUE hill town of shrines and monasteries, Melkote is a major pilgrimage centre for devotees of Vishnu; it is also associated with Ramanuja, the renowned Hindu philosopher and social reformer who died in 1137. Ramanuja is worshipped along with Vishnu in the Narayana Temple, in the southern pan of town. South of the temple stands a solitary gopura, while perched on the summit of a hill to the northeast of the town, is the small Narasimha Shrine, overlooking the large Kalyani Tank. Daily life in Melkote still revolves around temple rituals, and the strong tradition of religious learning introduced by Ramanuja survives in its many institutions, of which the Academy of Sanskrit Research is the most famous.

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