Situated quite close to Bangalore, near Nandi hills, this ancient temple is a less known, but nonetheless a very picturesque and peaceful historical monument. After having learnt of this place, a visit was on the cards. Me, my wife and a couple of my friends made plans to visit this place on a Sunday. We started after having an early breakfast, at 8:00 am and reached the place by 9:30 am. The small quaint village – Nandi grama - seemed to be waking up rather late on a lazy Sunday morning. The temple itself was open and we spent a good two hours exploring it.
Coming to some historical snippets regarding this temple (sourced from info got at the temple and from here): It supposedly has tell-tale signs of architectural styles from 5 different dynasties. Believed to have been built almost a thousand years ago, it seems to have got modified and developed by successive dynasties over the period of time. The temple has three sub-temples (garbha gudis) – Arunachaleshwara (childhood form of Lord Shiva), Bhoga Nandishwara (youth form of Shiva) and Uma Maheshwara (Goddess Parvathi and Lord Shiva). The other salient structures in this temple complex are the marriage hall, with stone pillars having celebratory carvings and the large kalyani (water pond). The stone shelters supported by symmetric pillars offer a tranquil, cool place where one can sit endlessly. Not being a widely known place, it is not too crowded even during the weekends (of course, being there early definitely helps). For me, this is exactly the kind religious place I’d love to visit, having a peaceful, calm atmosphere.
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