Bhoga Nandishwara Temple

October 27, 2022 by admin0

Location of Shree Bhoga Nandishwara Temple

 

Nandi Hill is a famous historical mountain fort in South India, located in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka. Nandi Hill also known as Nandidurga. It is about 60 km from Bangalore city. It is 4700 feet above sea level. There are several temples in Nandi Hills and one that one must visit is Shree Bhoga Nandishwara Temple in Nandi village. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Bhoga Nandishwara Temple

Here Lord Shiva worshiped in three different forms. One was as a child (Arunachaleshwarar), then as a brahmachari (Bhoga Nandishvara), and the third was as a married man (Uma Maheshwari). The wonders of this 9th-century temple do not end here. Every kingdom that ruled from the 9th century till now has added something to its heritage in this temple. This amalgamated architecture is a must-visit for all those art, culture, history, and temple lovers.

Beautiful Sculptures on the Walls of Shree Bhoga Nandishwara Temple

 

The original structure was built in the 9th century under the rule of the Nolamba dynasty, and several additions were made in later years by the Rashtrakutas, Gangas, Cholas, Yelahankas, Hoysalas and Vijayanagara kingdoms. If one has explored the temples of South India, they will realize that it is similar to the Vittala Temple at Hampi, the Hoysaleshwara Temple at Halebid and the Brihadeeswarar Temple at Thanjavur. The similarity is not in its entirety, but present in fragments.

Grand sculptures at Shree Bhoga Nandishwara Temple

 

Arunachaleswara Tirtha built by the Gangas of Talakad, Bhoga Nandishvara Tirtha built by Cholas, Ume Maheshwari Temple, and its front mandapa built by the Hoysala dynasty and outside Vasantha Mandapa, Yali Pillar, Large Mandapa. Kalyani and many other mandapas built by the Vijayanagara Empire.

Stunning Sculptures at Shree Bhoga Nandishwara Temple

 

All these additions from different eras give a special look and feel to the Bhoga Nandishwar Temple. And then there is the grand-looking Kalyani (Pushkarni) or temple stepwell where one can sit and feed the fishes and turtles and in front of the main temple entrance is the huge courtyard which surrounded by trees.

 

 

 

 

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