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