The beautiful temple built in Hoysala architecture is situated in the southern gate of the Mysore Palace. The Mysore King Chikka Deva Raja Wodeyar (1672-1704 A.D.) procured the stone image of Shweta Varahaswamy from Srimushnam in Tamil Nadu and installed the idol in a temple in Srirangapatna. However, this temple was demolished and the idol was shifted to Mysore and set up in this temple in the year 1809 AD.
The main deity of the temple, Varaha is made up of white stone and hence he got the name ‘Shweta Varaha’ (Shweta means white). He carries Bhoo Devi (earth). There is a separate shrine for Lakshmi. Also, there are separate shrines for Ranganath, Garuda, and Hanuman. You can also find some beautiful mural paintings in the temple.
This temple is worth watching for its beautiful Hoysala architecture especially when the palace complex is lit up in the evenings.
Site Name: Shweta Varaha Temple or Varahaswamy Temple
Site Type: Temple within Palace
Location: Mysore Palace, Mysore, Karnataka state, India
Highlight: Temple within Palace built in Hoysala architectural style; Temple of Lord Varaha
Nearest Railway Station: Mysore
Nearest Airport: Bangalore
Climate: Warm and cool throughout the year
Local Transport: Well connected by buses, private taxis, and auto rickshaws; (even you can find tongos (horse driven carts)
Hotel: A lot of hotels - budget as well as high class - throughout the city
Restaurants: Mysore's cuisine is rice-based; Idlis and dosas are also famous; You can find a lot of restaurants both vegetarian and non-vegetarian throughout the city