15 kms from Mysore on the T.Narsipur Road .
The ancient Varadarajaswami Temple is being renovated by the State Archeology Dept . Work started in 2012 on the dilapidated temple which , by two inscriptions found on the pillars , has been assigned to 17 th. century .
The temple is an amalgam of different styles. The facade and porch are vijayanagara , but four pillars in the central hall are of the distinctive Hoysala "lathe turned type ". The outer corridor, surrounding the temple bears the unmistakable Mysore palegar signature . So it seems to have been repaired and extened by many succeeding caretakers from different dynasties of different times . One peculiar feature is the presence of Jina Murthis in the mantapas of subordinate shrines . The Varakodu -Varuna-Vajamangala expanse was once a thriving Jain center with grand bastis . Material from abandoned or destroyed bastis have been used in renovating the Varadaraja temple .
The present renovation is nearing completion and the temple has been declared a Protected Monument .
It was late evening when we visited and Power Cut had plunged the little hamlet into velvetty darkness . Clicked a few pictures by the mini LED torchlight of the slightly tipsy Caretaker .