Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple is located in Melkote in the Mandya District, Karnataka, India. The place is otherwise called Thirunarayanapura. It is based on rough slopes known as Yadavagiri or Yadugiri disregarding the Cauvery valley. It is around 30 miles 48 km from Mysore and 97 miles 156 km from Bangalore. The sanctuary is a square working of vast measurements however is plain and just meagerly ornamented with carvings or figures. The directing divinity is Cheluva Narayana Swamy, otherwise called Tirunarayana or Cheluvapille Raya, a type of Lord Vishnu.
It shows up from engravings that in the early hundreds of years after the sanctuary was manufactured, the Lord was additionally known by the name Ramapriya, yet this utilization has now totally vanished. The utsavamurthi, which is a metallic icon utilized for parades and certain religious customs, speaks to the divinity 'Cheluvanarayana Swamy. As per a legend, this metallic picture was once lost however was recouped by Sri Ramanujacharya.
The yearly report of the Mysore Archeological Department states on the quality of epigraphic confirm, that the managing divinity of this sanctuary was at that point a notable question of love even before Sri Ramanujacharya adored at the hallowed place in December 1098 CE. Furthermore, even before he went to the Mysore locale and that presumably he utilized his impact to revamp or remodel the sanctuary. From the lithic records of the period, presence of Tamil impact and Vaishnava venerate in the zone are additionally obvious.