Chikka Tirupathi – Lord Prasanna Venkataramana Swamy temple, Malur, Bangalore

We have written about Tiupati Balaji temple and Bangaru Tirupati temples before. Today we will talk about another beautiful and religiously important temple which is situated very near to Bangalore, called as Chikka Tirupathi temple. Welcome to the adobe of Lord Prasanna Venkataramana Swamy temple – Chikka Tirupathi – Malur – …

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Sri Ramalingeshwara temple – Avani Temple- Kolar – Karnatka

Sri Ramalingeshwara temple also called as the Avani Temple, is an ancient temple built during 10th Century. So it is one of the oldest temples of the region. But it not just the temple here. The Avani Temple is at the bottom of a hill also called as Avani betta …

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kotilinga – Shri Kotilingeshwara Swamy Temple – Kolar – Karnataka

Shri Kotilingeshwara Swamy Temple – Kolar – Karnataka is located in Kammasandra (Kolar district) in Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and hosts one of the largest Shiva Lingas in the world. About kotilinga -Shri Kotilingeshwara Swamy temple The main temple or the main deity is Lord Shiva …

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Antharagange Temple – The Dakshin Kashi

Antharagange Temple – The Dakshin Kashi, Antharagange is a word in local language (Kannada) which means Ganges from Inner Deep. Why this place is called by this name is a interesting to know, but this place is for great religious important and this place is also referred to as “Dakshin Kashi” or the “Kashi of the South”. Antharagange Temple is a very famous temple of this region and attracts a lot of visitors.

And hence the temple at the foothill is called as “Kashi Visheshwara temple” and the presiding diety of this temmple is Shri Kashi Vishveshwara.

Antharagange Temple - The Dakshin Kashi

What Antharagange temple ( The Dakshin Kashi ) famous for?

The place is called as Anthargange and as I mentioned before it means Ganges from Inner deep. This place is famous for a natural spring which is a perennial spring and comes out of a bull carved in stone and falls into the pond. The source of water is unknown and people believe that this eternal water spring comes from the Ganga in north and hence this place is called as Antharagange.


The water flows through out the year.

Antharagange Temple - The Dakshin Kashi
steps to Antharagange temple

How to reach Antharagange Temple – The Dakshin Kashi?

Antharagange Temple (The Dakshin Kashi) ? is in Kolar district and is around 3 to 4 kms from Kolar itself. Kolar is around 70 Kms from Bangalore.
If you are self driving, the best route will be
Bangalore => Hoskote => Kolar => Anthargange

Road conditions are quite good through out, though the last 3 to 4 kms are a bit patchy.

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You need to climb around 300 steps to reach the temple. Climb is not steep though. Just before the place from where you start climbing, there is a parking lot. But during weekends due to rush parking can be a challenge so plan accordingly. You need to pay a nominal parking fee.

Anthargange, apart from temple is famous for volcanic rock formations and natural caves and hence is it a very well known trekking destination.
Just behind the temple, there is a way gooing to the top of the hill and this trekking can be challenging for kids and older people.

When to visit Anthargange temple ( Dakshin Kashi )?

If you are going to visit just the temple, then anytime of the year is fine. But if you also want to trek to the top then summer can be a big challange. Also plan trekking early in the morning. But this hill is quite popular among trekkers.

Antharagange Temple - The Dakshin Kashi

So do visit this temple and take the blessings of Shri Kashi Visheshwara.

Do let us know your feedback!

trek to top of hill

Have a blessed day!

Kumar

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Someshwara Temple – Kolar – Karnataka

Today we take you to Sri Someshwara Temple Kolar. We have covered a lot about Kolar in our many of previous posts. There are many beautiful temples in and around Kolar which are of great religious and historical importance.

We have written about Kolaramma temple, Sri Kotilingeshwara Temple, Avani temple, Sri Kurudumule Ganesha temple, Sri Anjenaya Swamy temple (ardhigiri), Sri Bangaru Tirupati temple all of which are in / Around Kolar and are must visit. Follow the link to read more about them.

Sri Someshwara temple Kolar is also one of the very old temples of Kolar region. More than 1000 years old, this temple was also built during Chola , Chalukya and Vijanagara dynasities. A good example of Vijayanagra style of architecture.

The goupuram, ie, the entrance of temple is huge. It looks just majestic.

Someshwara Temple Kolar
The Majestic Gopuram of Sri Someshwara Temple

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva ( worshipped as Lord Someshwara here). This temple is at walking distance from Kolaramma temple and hence you can club both the temples during one visit.

The view from temple entrance is equally impressive. The “Dhwaja Stambh” can be seen from outside.

Someshwara Temple Kolar
Someshwara Temple Kolar
Another view of Dhawaja Stambh

As you enter inside you will find that the main temple structure. A classic example of dravidian temple architecture. The square sanctum is surrounded by narrow passage way for people to do parikrama.

Someshwara Temple Kolar
Someshwara Temple Kolar
The narrow passageway

The carvings on the pillar are also worth seeing.

There are a lot of carvings on the pillar of temples. Various mythological characters are depicted along with animals like horses.

Someshwara Temple Kolar
Someshwara Temple Kolar

The main temple premises has Kalyan Mantappa and Vasantha Mantappa, apart from Mukha Mandap.

Someshwara Temple Kolar

It would be a nice trip, I assure you. If you are in Bangalore, it takes around 90 mins to reach there and an hour or so for both Someshwara temple and Kolaramma temple. Hence can be covered in a half a day trip.

Directions to Someshwara Temple Kolar:

You need to reach Kolar. The temple is very near to the national highway (approx 2 to 3 kms). Google maps are best. But below are my comments on 2 main routes. ( The directions are same as Kolaramma temple directions and both the temples are at walking distance from each other)

  • Bangalore -> Hoskote -> Kolar -> Someshwara temple
  • Bangalore -> Sarjapura – >Malur -> Kolar – > Someshwara temple

Remember, the temple closes at around 1.30 PM and then reopens at 4.00 PM and hence it is very important that you plan accordingly.

So do plan to visit and let us know your experience!

Have a wonderful trip

Sanjeev@mytempletrips

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Kolaramma Temple – Kolar – Karnatka – a beautiful 1000 year old temple

The area of Kolar in Karnatka is home to many temples of religious and historical importance. Kolaramma Temple Kolar is one of the oldest in the region!

Whenever I visit these temple, I feel proud that I am part of a place which has such a rich cultural heritage.

Kolaramma is a beautiful , 1000+ year old temple and is a protected monument under Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

Kolaramma temple Kolar

There are actually 2 very prominent temples located in Kolar. These are kolaramma temple and Someshwara temple. I will write about Someshwara temple in my next post.

Kolar gets its name from Kolaramma temple. Goddess Kolaramma is the presiding deity of this town. Ma Parvathi is worhsipped as goddess Kolaramma.

Kolaramma Temple
View of temple premises

The temple is more than 1000 years old and is built in Dravidian Style of architecture similar to most of the other temples in this region.

The temple was built during chola period and the granite stones of the temple has carving from that period.

Kolaramma Temple
Kolaramma Temple
Carving on the walls

Another deity in the temple is known as Chelamma or the scorpion goddess. It is said that by praying to goddess Chelamma a person is gaurded from scorpion bytes.

Another interesting thing about this temple is that there is an underground hundi. And a small hole from where you can put a coin. It is a tradition to do that. It is said that one can still hear the sound of coins which has accumulated in this large underground hudi for the last many hundred years.

Also note that you can worship the goddess by looking at the mirror placed at the opposite side of the idol of goddesss.

Outside there is a small Ganesha temple which you can visit as well.

Kolaramma Temple
Ganesha temple (near kolaramma temple)

Kolaramma Temple Timings:

Monday to Thursday : 8.00 AM to 1.30 PM, 6.00 PM to 9.00 PM

Friday: 8.00 AM to 2.30 PM , 6.00 PM to 9.00 PM

How to reach Kolaramma Temple Kolar:

Reaching Kolaramma temple is quite easy. You just need to reach Kolar. The temple is very near to the national highway (approx 2 to 3 kms). Google maps are best. But below are my comments on 2 main routes

  1. Bangalore -> Hoskote -> Kolar -> Kolaramma temple : Mainly on national highway (NH75)
  2. Bangalore -> Sarjapura – >Malur -> Kolar – > Kolaramma temple

So, do visit the temple when you find time. Club it with Sri Someshwara temple. You can also visit Sri Kotilngeshwara temple , Sri Anjaneya temple, Avani, Bangaru Tirupati or Kurudmule which are in driving distance from Kolar. You can find our posts on above.

Do feedback your comments!

Happy Darshan!

//Kumar

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Temples dedicated to Sri Venkateswara Swamy ( Lod Vishnu) – similar to Tirupathi Venkateswara temple

Don’t have time to visit Shri Tirupathi Venkateswara temple @ Tirupathi. We have 3 temples around Bangalore, dedicated to Sri Venkateshwara Swamy.

Bangaru Tirupati Temple – Kolar – Karnataka

You can read more about this temple here.

Chikka Tirupati – Malur – Bangalore – Karnataka

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Bangaru Tirupati – Kolar – Karnataka

Karnataka has lot to offer for travelers and if you are the one who likes to travel to temples, Karnataka has many jewels hidden. It’s all for us to go out and explore. Kolar is one such place. Kolar has a very significant place in our mythology. It is closely …

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