Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple (Kannada: ಭೋಗ ನಂದೀಶ್ವರ ದೇವಾಲಯ) is the ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. It is located in the foothills of Nandi Hills in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state. The temple resides under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India as a monument of national importance.
But do not get to judge its beauty being a temple, as it beholds some of the greatest works of ancient art in its possession. Just plan a weekend getaway to gaze its architectural beauty and you will sure get mesmerized by the skill work expressed by those ancient artists. Leave alone the casting out of all distressed thoughts from work life and the true peace of mind that you will experience at the end of the day.
Bangalore to Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple distance measures around 60 kms through frequent bus service or by own car.
The Ancient History
The foundations of the temple were rendered by Nolamba dynasty, followed by 4 other dynasties to fully evolve the archaeological master place. Founded in the 9th century, the temple is said to be more than 1000 years old.
The temple is the finest and the most ornate of the Dravidian temples in Karnataka.
The Architectural Masterpiece
The temple complex incorporates two large shrines: the shrine to the south is named “Arunachaleswara” was built by the Gangas of Talakad, and the shrine to the north named “Bhoga Nandeeshwara” was built by the Cholas.
The Arunachaleswara shrine house a unique form of Lord Ganesha called Simha Ganapathi. Conventionally, Arunachaleswara is said to represent the childhood of Lord Shiva. A Nandi idol hold its position in front of the temple.
Bhoga nandeeshwara shrine house a figure of prominent Rajendra Chola, i.e. the Chola king. This temple represents the youthful phase of Lord Shiva. Youth being the age of rejoice and enjoyment, many festivals are organised in this temple throughout the year. There are beautiful engraved carvings on the pillars by Cholas.
There are two additions to this temple built by the Vijayanagara rulers – the Kalyana Mandapa and the Tulabhara Mandapa.
In between the two large shrines, there is a small intervening shrine called Uma Maheshwara. This shrine house a kalyana mantapa supported by four ornate pillars with black stone covered with intricate carvings of the Hoysalas. The structures are covered in figures of parrots, animals, creepers and divine figures.
Each pillar depicts one of the divine couples: Shiva & Parvati, Brahma & Saraswati, Vishnu & Laxmi, Agni Deva & Swaha Devi. Newly married couples often visit this place to take the blessings of these divine couples.
Shringi Theertha is the temple pond. It is surrounded on all four sides by a walkway and a running mandapa. This pond has steps leading down to it on all four sides.
Legend has it that this pond was created by the divine Bull Nandi plunging his horn into the ground to draw out water from the divine Ganga. This pond is held to be the source of the South Pinakini (South Pennar) river.
Having all these legendary tales and sceneries, this place holds perfect for a weekend getaway. Although any time in the year is suitable to visit here but a time like Shivaratri has no other match, during which you will experience the true feelings of ancient rituals.
Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple timings are from 06:00 AM to 07:00 PM. And even you would like to spend the whole day and other places nearby, there are decent places like hotels and resorts to stay near Bhoga nandeeshwara temple. So, if you are travelling a great distance to acknowledge the history of this mighty temple, you are most welcome in the town to stay.