June 9, 2017

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Near Bangalore

Looks like many people are not aware of this beautiful and historical ancient temple at the base of Nandi Hills in Nandi village. This seem to be the oldest temple and dating back to 9th century. This is been protected by  Archaeological Survey of India - ASI and built on Dravidian style. You might see the sculpture of Rajendra Chola. The temple tower is very similar to the ones in South India, particularly of Darasuram. Check my blog and photos of Darasuram here(click this link). 

Trip Details
Distance From Bangalore
55 Kms from Bangalore and 15 Kms from Nandi Hills
Historical monument, Carvings and sculptures, Dravidian Architecture, Good Picnic spot
Time needed
Just 30 to 45 minutes to visit the temple.
Best time to visit
Local guides
No guides
Stay options
On International Airport Road you will find many options including Nandi Upachar and just at the base of Nandi hills few good options
Nearby places
Nandi Hills, Lepakshi, Rangasthala, Veerapuram:

Other tips
·       If you start very early in morning, it might be possible to cover all the places. But you might get very tired driving, so take two days.
·       First visit Nandi Hills and this temple in a day and on another day you may be able to cover Lepakshi, Rangasthala and Veerapuram
·       Just in front of this temple, you will find a huge Pipal tree and you shall rest/relax under this tree for a while. Very good picnic spot for your family to have good time.
·       Carry enough snacks and water

Look at the perforated decorative windows, amazing sculptures can be found here. Look at the temple tower, so many sculptures can be found here. The spout is beautifully carved out. Don't forget to see the Pushkarani or Kalyani pond. Every temple those days were constructed along with a pond. You can also see the big wooden chariot in front of temple.

Look at the details on each of the pillars, see the big Nandi. It reminds me of Darasuram and Gangai Konda Cholapuram temples of south.

You will see the following inside the temple

  • Girijamba Temple
  • Apita Kuchamba Temple
  • Vasantha Mantapa
  • Pushkarani or Kalyani Temple Tank
  • Arunachaleshwara shrine
  • Bhoga Nandeeshwara shrine
  • Mahishasura Mardini sculpture
  • Ornate pillars

Lets move onto photos........

Bhogha Nandeeshwara Temple Tower
Wonderful isn't it? Check below for few close shots of sculptures on the tower

Pushkarani Temple Tank Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Kalyani or Pushkarani Temple Tank, Every temple was constructed with a tank like this, wonderful rain water harvesting technique 

Perforated Decorative Windows at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Perforated decorative window with sculpture, How wonderful !

Yali Pillars at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Yali Pillars 

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Tower
Another view of the Temple Tower

Nandi at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Nandi in front of the big Shivling (Sivalingam)

Adi Sesha at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Snake God or Adi Sesha

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Tower
Narasimha killing Hiranyakasipu on the Temple Tower
Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Tower
Lord Shiva with Nandi on the Temple Tower

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Spout
Decorative spout at the Temple, what a creativity !

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Spout
Another decorative and creative spout at the temple complex !

Mahishasura Mardini at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Mahishasura Mardini sculpture on the temple wall !

Perforated Decorative Window at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Another beautifully carved window

Chariot Chain at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Yes, this is what is been used to pull the huge wooden chariot you see below !
Look at the beautiful carvings in this big wooden chariot

Inscriptions at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Inscriptions on a stone

Inscriptions at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Inscriptions on  stone
Kailasa Vahana at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Kailasa Vahana  
Nandi Vahana at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Nandi Vahana

Sesha Vahana at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Sesha Vahana

Pipal tree at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Big Pipal tree for you to relax and have good time in front of the temple

Lawn at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Surrounded by the Mandap, the beautiful lawn and a big Pipal tree to relax

Refer my most popular blog "Weekend Breaks or Day-trips from Bangalore" for all other list of places which are close to Bangalore. 

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