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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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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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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