Thursday, April 22, 2021

#AtoZChallenge - Someshwara Temple

This month, each day, except the four Sundays, I will be blogging about interesting features associated with Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, as part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge

This is one of those very old temples in Bengaluru, dating back to the Chola era, and is located in Halasuru (formerly called Ulsoor), within the CBD. 

The Chola Dynasty is considered to be one of the longest-ruling dynasties in the world -- from 3BC to the AD 13 century.

Not much is known about the origins of this temple where Lord Shiva is the deity. Most people say it was built by Kempe Gowda, who is considered the founder of this city sometime in the early 16th century, during the Vijayanagar empire period. But it's generally believed that it has been there for many centuries before that.  

The temple has impressive pillars, carvings and inscriptions. Here are some photos sourced from Wikipedia.

Temple entrance.
Courtesy: Dineshkannambadi/Wikipedia 

Inside the temple.
Courtesy: Dineshkannambadi/Wikipedia

The pillars.
Courtesy: Dineshkannambadi/Wikipedia

(Tomorrow, we look at one of the major IT companies, which has a bit of historical significance associated with it.)


7 comments:

  1. Hi Pradeep - you have such a wonderful history ... and traditions - this Temple looks quite amazing ... quite extraordinary in fact. Thanks for sharing - Hilary

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  2. What a beautiful temple, amazingly carved and decorated. Wonderful!

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  3. Hari Om
    I love the depth of antiquity which defies definition! YAM xx

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  4. Very beautiful temple

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  5. Heard about this temple, but not in this detail given by you. Thanks Pradeep.

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  6. Wow, that is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Wow. Such history. It must be great to see it in person.

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