Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekend Getaway 44: Sri Ramalingeswara Temple, Avani

Date: 14th May 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi Harsh, Radheshyam, Usha, Sourav and Aarush

Fee: None

Sri Ramalingeswara temple, Avani is located around 100Kms from Bangalore. On the way back from Sri Kalahasthi we saw the board pointing to Avani. It was only 4:30 PM so we decided to take a detour and visit the place. It happened to be a good decision. When we reached the temple there were few people. There was a male and feminine guards on duty. When inquired for a guide they themselves accompanied us and gave a good overview of the temple and its rich history. The temple is around 1000 years old. After winning the war against Ravana, Lord Ram prayed to Lord Shiva in Rameshwaram first and he made second stop in this place. It is actually a group of temples with Ramalingeshwara being the main shrine. Lord Ram worshiped the Shiva linga here. The other shrines are lakshmanalingeswara, Bharatheswara, Satrugalingeshwara, Vali and Shugriva temple, Vigneshwara, Subramanya temple and Navagrahas. The Linga in Lakshmanalingeshwara shrine is the biggest of all the lingas inside the complex. Sita Devi gave birth to Lava Kusha on the near by hill. The legend says that Lava Kusha stopped the Ashvamedha horse and was about to fight with their father without knowing it. Lord Hanuman arranged 3 stones one on top of other so that Sita Devi could see from hill top and stop the war. Those stones can be still found on the hill. We did not have time to climb up so we decided to visit the place again. Its said the stone utensils used by Sita Devi is still there on the hill. Another post on all the interesting stories about the hills coming soon after visit.

Also read about Anthargange temple.

Few pics from the place.

Ornate pillars in the temple.

Beautiful roof carvings.

Subramanya Temple.

Ganji Mantapa, Where the food was prepared for the people who constructed the temple.

Ramalingeshwara temple.

Small stone pillars.

Rear view of the Vimana.


Another view of all three Vimanas.

Nandi.


Vali and Sugriva temple.

Navgrahas.

Group pic infront of Ramanjaneya shrine.

It would be nice if such a significant religious place gets additional visibility and maintenance. There are many must visit places around Bangalore and this for certain gets into top 5.

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