Saturday, June 24, 2017

Weekend Getaway 52: Sri Gangadhareshwara Temple, Turuvkere

Date: 18th June 2017

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi and Harsh

Timing: Closed Mostly. Details below.

Fee: None

Distance: 145 Kms one way

Direction: Bangalore - Nelamangala - Kunigal - Yadiyur - Turuvekere

Parking: Available.

Food: Small eateries available in the town.

Photography: Allowed.

Other attractions nearby: Sri Chennakeshava TempleKedareshwara Temple, Nagalapura and Chennakeshava Temple, Turuvkere.

The Gangadhareswara temple is on the lane opposite to Chennakeshava temple. The elderly person we met before informed us that the main gate will be closed and a small gate left to the temple will be open. If not for them we would have returned without visiting the temple. The door to the inner sanctum was closed. We could only see the exteriors and the big nandi. Looks like the mandapa and surrounding place was not cleaned for very long time. We could hear the chanting from the inner sanctum running continuously from a recorded system.

The other interesting thing is the big bell. The bell looks like its made of stone but when hit it made metal sound.

The intricate carvings on the nandi was very beautiful. A shiva linga was carved on the chain of the nandi.

The statue was polished too smooth.

Another shrine to the left of the temple was closed too.

The open mandapa and nandi in middle.

Few carvings on the pillars of the temple.

Abandoned ganesha statue.

Image of Kannapan. A temple dedicated to Kannapan on a small hill above Sri kalahasthi temple.

Again would have loved to see the interiors and also the unique Shiva idol with Ganga sitting on top of his head. 

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