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Someshwara Temple – Best places to visit in Karnataka

Someshvara or Somesvara or Someshwara Temple is located in Kolar which is at a distance of about 68 km from Banglore in Karnataka state. This magnificent shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva was built around the 12th century. Someshwara temple comes from the Vijayanagar era, it a beautiful example of the Dravidian style of architecture.    

The Someshvara Temple has great historical, architectural and religious values attached to it. Hence it is declared a Monument of National Importance and protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. 

Architecture of Someshwara:

Someshwara Temple is an example of architectural excellence, prosperity and much more. The temple was built by Kalyan Chalukyas in the 12th century. The Vijayanagar Empire later expanded the temple. Hence it is also considered a brilliant example of Vijayanagar architectural style.

The entrance of the temple has a granite bull carved on it. There is also a Vijayanagar style Kalyani water tank. There are many eye-catching sculptures in the temple. However, the most prominent ones are Goddess Durga Slaying the demon Mahishasura, Ravana lifting the Kailash Parvat, sculptures of Saptarishis and wedding scene of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. 

Other than the main shrine there are several other shrines dedicated to other deities in the complex such as Arunachaleswara, Panchalingeswara, Bhimwswara, Kamakshamma, and Nanjundeswara

The richly carved Someshwara Temple boasts of architectural brilliance, some pillars of the temple have carvings that show international connection and great international trade relations of the empire. The temple has Prakara walls, Vasantha Mandapa,  Mukkha Mandapa, a beautiful shrine dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, and a Kalyana Mandapa. Kalyana Mandapa (meaning wedding hall) has 64 -16 sided carved pillars, these have various mythological stories, horses etc carved on them. Carvings on the pillars clearly show Chinese, Thai and European influences.

The top of Kalyan Mandapa one can see Chinese architectural styles. The Yagashal and temple storeroom has an inscription from Vijayanagar era dating back to 15 century.

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