One day a student, or something; a really nice fellow from a small village, wanted to show me a very fine temple. It was in Somnathpur, about 35 km. from Mysore. He knew exactly which buses we had to take. When the next bus stopped in front of us he jumped inside, threw his sweater on a free seat, so that I could sit, while he stood right behind me. This subservient behavior felt a bit uncomfortable for me; but I let him do his thing and he was enjoying his trip a lot. When we reached the temple, he stayed outside and waited patiently till I had seen it all. The Chennakesava Temple was built in 1268 C.E. under Hoysala king Narasimha III, when the Hoysala Empire was the major power in South India. According to the books it is one of the finest examples. Must be true. I was speechless.