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Bangalore Halasuru Someshwara Temple,

Address

Bangalore Halasuru Someshwara Temple,

Someshwara Temple Rd, Halasuru,

Bangalore, Karnataka 560008

Moolavar

Someshwara

Introduction

Halasuru Someshwara Temple is located in the neighborhood of Halasuru in BangaloreKarnatakaIndia. It is one of the old temples in the city dating back to the Chola period; it is dedicated to the god Shiva. Major additions or modifications were made during the late Vijayanagara Empire period under the rule of Hiriya Kempe Gowda II.  Someshwara temple is the oldest and famous temple located in Halasuru, which is also known as Ulsoor. The temple is now managed and maintained by the Karnataka government. In addition to several features of the temple are, sculptures of Ravana holding Kailash part to impress Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga killing Mahishasura, lord shivas, and Parvati’s wedding pictures and Saptarishi pictures. It is the best place to visit during Shivaratri and many people believe that the god’s Brahma and Vishnu were also worshipped in this temple.

Puranic Significance 

 In the “Gazetter of Mysore”, Benjamin Lewis Rice describes a legend behind the consecration of the temple. Kempe Gowda, while on a hunt, rode far away from his capital Yalahanka. Being tired, he rested under a tree and fell asleep. The local deity Someshwara appeared to him in a dream and instructed him to build a temple in his honor using buried treasure. In return the chieftain would receive divine favor. Kempe Gowda found the treasure and dutifully completed the temple.

According to another version of the legend, King Jayappa Gowda (1420-1450 CE) from a minor dynasty of the Yelahanka Nada Prabhus was hunting in a forest near the present Halasuru area, when he felt tired and relaxed under a tree. In a dream, a man appeared before him and told him that a linga was buried under the spot where he was sleeping. He was instructed to retrieve it and build a temple. Jayappa found the treasure and initially built the temple out of wood. Another account attributes the temple to the Chola Dynasty with later renovations made by the Yelahanka Nada Prabhus.

Special Features

According to Michell, the temple plan follows many of the basic elements of Vijayanagara architecture though at a lower scale. The temple has a square sanctum (garbhagriha) which is surrounded by a narrow passageway. The sanctum is connected to a closed mantapa (hall) whose walls are decorated with pilasters and sculptures in frieze. The closed mantapa is connected to a spacious open mantapa consisting of four large projecting “bays” (area between four pillars). The piers leading to the sanctum and those facing outward from the open mantapa are the standard Yali (mythical beast) pillars. The brahma samba is located in the east direction of the temple which is about 18 feet in height and has the base radius of 2 feet.

There are several notable sculptures and decorative features in the complex. An impressive pillar (kambha or nandi, pillar) stands near the tall tower over the entrance gate (gopura). The tower itself exhibits well sculptured images of gods and goddesses from mythology. The open mantapa consists of forty eight pillars with carvings of divinities in frieze. To the north is the navagraha temple with twelve pillars, each pillar representing a saint (rishi). The entrance to the sanctum exhibits sculptures of two “door keepers” (dvarapalakas). Other notable works of art include sculptures that depict King Ravana lifting Mount Kailash in a bid to appease the god Shiva, Durga slaying Mahishasura (a demon), images of the Nayanmar saints (Tamil Shaivaite saints), depictions of the Girija Kalyana (marriage of Parvati to the god Shiva), the saptarishis.

Festivals

All Shiva related festivals especially Maha Shivarthri is celebrated here with much fanfare.

Century/Period

1500 Years Old

Managed By

Government of Karnataka

Nearest Bus Station

Halasuru

Nearest Railway Station

Bangalore Central Railway Station

Nearest Airport

Bangalore

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