A day trip from Bangalore to Kolar would be incomplete without visiting the Someshwara Temple. The temple lies in the area of old fort of Kolar. The Chola Dynasty built this temple in around 11th century. The temple was later expanded by the Vijaynagara Empire and thus reflects a fine example of their architectural style.The temple has a beautiful architecture. It is particularly characterized by heavy pillars with beautiful carvings on them.
As soon as you enter the temple premises, you can see the beautiful hall with carved pillars leading to the sanctum where Lord shiva is worshipped in the form of Someshwara. Nandi is situated amidst the pillared hall which in itself is the masterpiece.
The main attraction of the Someshwara temple is the extraordinary carving on the pillars and walls and the intricate work on the Kalayan mantapa. The interesting fact about this temple is that it is built of a rock without any foundation.
Behind the temple you can see the Gaumukh from where the sacred water, ‘teertha’ comes out and small Nandi installed near it.Also you can see the shrine of Goddess Parvati. There is also Yagna Shala and Vasantha Mantapa near the entrance of the temple.
A great place if you love history. An amazing piece of chola Architecture. More than 2000 years old. Mesmerizing! This temple is one of the finest examples of architectural feast build way back in 11th century by Cholas.
Some Interesting Facts –
- The temple is built of a rock without any foundation.
- The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, worshipped as the Lord Someshwara.
- The carvings on the pillars bear influence of European, Thai and Chinese style.
How to reach Someshwara Temple –
- The Someshwara temple is located in heart of Kolar town which is located 72 km away from Bangalore.It is well connected to almost all major cities and towns in Karnataka.
- The nearest railway station is Bangarpet which is located 15 km away from Kolar.
- The nearest airport is Bangalore International Airport. The availability of transport makes it easy to reach this state protected temple.
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