Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Weekend Getaway: 31. Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple

Date: 11th Dec 2016

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: 6 AM to 9 PM

Fee: None

Distance: 60 Kms

Road condition: Excellent NH 44 and then the road towards Nandhi hills in good.

Main Deity: Lord Shiva

We have not been going out much lately due to Harsh school and other events. I was not writing regularly the smaller trips that we go. Decided to get back to writing to break from monotonous office home routine. So first post after a break. Sunday morning we were ready and thinking about what to do for the rest of the day. Did a quick search in google and decided to visit Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple near Nandhi hills in the chikbalapur district. Though there was more people than we expected it was not over crowded. We parked the car under the tree behind the temple and walked to the temple. We were surprised by the small entrance to the huge temple and after entering we saw it was the side gate and there was another bigger entrance to the complex. Once entered the complex has a huge green lawn. Then few stone structures that are in ruins. There were 3 shrines inside the temple. Arunachaleshwara and bhoga nandheeswara shrines built by the cholas on two sides and uma maheshwara temple built by Hoysalas in the center. The ornate pillars in the uma maheshwara temple is built or black stones. There are few more shrines besides the main temples.

Few pics from one day trip around Bangalore.

The side entrance to the temple.


Mahanavami Dibba.

Ornate pillar in Uma Maheshwara temple.

Nandhi.

Stone Umbrella.

Other pillars.

Arunachaleshwara shrine.

Outer view of the main temple. The windows with deity structures.

Yalli pillars.

View of both the vimanas. The view doesn't show case the great carvings on top.

Stone water outlet.

Vasantha Mantapa. There were a group of people cleaning up the entire area so could not get inside the mantapa. The pillars of the mantapa are the main attraction.

The beautiful temple tank.

Another view of the kalyani.

Inside view of the temple entrance.

Stone wheels placed outside the temple.

The lawn and the four trees in the temple complex.

Selfie time in the lawn.

One of the must visit places around Bangalore. Other attractions like nandhi hills, Visvesvaraya birth place, Tipu's summer palace can be combined and made into a one day trip from Bangalore.

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