We all are quite aware of Nandi hills. A very popular weekend destination for many Bangloreans. However many of us don’t know that there is a very old temple dedicated to lord Shiva at the foot of Nandi hills. This is one of the oldest temples of Karnatka and is more than a 1000 years old.
The temple premise has 3 main temples – Arunachaleswara, Uma Maheshwara and Bhoga Nandeeshwara.
Bhoga Nandeeshwara is the main temple and has a majestic Shiva Linga in the Sanctum. This temple is said to have been built by the Cholas.
The pillars are covered in beautiful carvings. The Nandi Idol in front of the Sanctum in this temple is very attractive.
The temple was originally constructed during the 9th century AD by Bana Queen Ratnavali.
The original temple was extended during the successive five dynasties under Chola, Hoysala, Pallava and Vijayanagara kings.
How to reach
This temple is around 60 Kms from Bangalore city center. Its a very easy to reach here. Take NH7 towards international airport. Come to Hebbal and head towards international airport. Go straight to Devanhalli. As soon as you cross Devanhalli, you will find a left marking for Nandi hills (its second signal on the NH7). Once you take left, keep driving till dead end (almost 15 kms). Take right at “T” junction and travel for another 4 Kms and you will find Bhoga Nandeeswara temple there.
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