The area of Kolar in Karnatka is home to many temples of religious and historical importance.
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)
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.
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.
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 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
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
- Bangalore -> Hoskote -> Kolar -> Kolaramma temple : Mainly on national highway (NH75)
- 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.
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