Karnataka Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple Melukote
Lord Vishnu Himself gave the presiding and processional deities to Brahma. Brahma gave one idol to Sanatkumara. Sanatkumara installed it in Bhooloka for the benefit of mankind. The temple deity was said to be worshipped by Lord Ram himself and also his son Kusha. Later, in Dwapara Yuga, this deity when came to Lord Krishna he installed it in the temple.
The Vaishnavite saint of 11th century, Sri Ramanuja, earned the patronage of Jain king Bittideva. He embraced Vaishnavisim and changed his name as Vishnuvardhana. He built five temples known as Panchanarayana Temples. The attack of the Muslim rulers devastated the Narayanpuram and turned it in ruins. The idols of Lord Narayana and Ramapriya were misplaced due to some reasons. Then Ramanuja had a dream where Lord Vishnu told him the place where the idol of Narayana was hidden. He found it among the shrubs of Tulsi among an ant hillsituated in Yadavagiri and again installed it in the temple.
Ramanuja also took back the idol of Ramapriya, from the Muslim ruler. The deity was in the custody of the princess, his daughter. She was a passionate devotee of Ramapriya .She went to Melkote and attained salvation there. She is now well-known as Beebi Nachiyar. Her image is installed in the temple near the Lord.
Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple is situated on the rocky hills of Yadavagiri or Yadugiri near Cauvery Valley. It is located in Melkote, in the Mandya district, Karnataka, India. This place is also known as Thirunarayanapuram. It is about 30 miles (48 km) from Mysore and 97 miles (156 km) from Bangalore.
The temple is very plain. It is a large rectangular building dedicated to Lord Narayana Swamy. The Utsavamurti is the metallic image of the deity which is known as Cheluvapille whose original name is believed to be Ramapriya.
Vairamudi Utsav, of the temple of Melkote, which is held in March/April, is very popular. The idol of Narayana Swamy is adorned with the diamond coronet and is taken out for procession. Over 4 lakh people grace the occasion every year.