When the weekend mania hits us, we look for multiple options to rejuvenate and boost ourselves for the forthcoming weeks. Most of us, these days, are into travelling and love to explore a lot of places.
It is situated at a distance of 69 km from Bangalore and can be reached easily by a private transport or local buses that ply from the Kempegowda Bus Terminus in Bangalore.
History Of Kolar
Being the capital city of the Western Ganga dynasty, Kolar which was known as Kolahalapura has a lot of ancient tales attached to its existence.
The city has places which are related to Lord Parashurama and Bhima from Mahabharata. This city was built by the founder of the Western Ganga dynasty, Konganivarman Madhava around 350 CE.
Places To Visit In Kolar
A thousand-year-old temple built by the Cholas with an amazing architecture is the Kolaramma temple. Goddess Parvathy is worshipped here as Kolaramma and is the presiding deity. AShe is believed to be the protector of Kolar. There is another shrine dedicated to goddess Parvathy who is worshipped in the form of Chelamma (Scorpion) within the Kolaramma temple. Offering prayers to Chelamma is believed to cure poisonous bites from scorpions. The temple is at a distance of 1.6 km from the Kolar bus stand.
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Located at a distance of 4 km from the main bus stand, Antaragange caves is one of the must-visit places in Kolar. This place attracts a lot of trekking enthusiasts, and night trekking is one of the most happening activities here.
This place is situated on the top of the Shathashrunga mountain and a beautiful temple atop is a must visit; however, the path is pretty steep. The temple here has a pond which is miraculously full at all times, and the water in the pond flows continuously from the mouth of Lord Nandi. The temple is surrounded by a lot of other caves worth being explored and the granite rocks of the mountains make it a mesmerising spot.
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Built by the Vijayanagara empire, the temple boasts of the wonderful craftsmanship of the Vijayanagara artisans. The presiding deity of the temple is the God of destruction, Lord Shiva, who is worshipped as Someshwara. The temple is taken care as a monument of national importance by the Archaeological Survey Of India department. The temple opens between 7 AM and 11 AM in the mornings and from 5 PM to 8 PM in the evenings for devotees.
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This temple is located at a distance of 6 km from the Kolar Gold Fields and it is famous for having millions of Shiva Linga installations. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity here and it houses the largest Shiva Linga of the world, which is 108 ft tall. The Nandi (Bull) here is 35 ft tall, and the main Shiva Linga and the Nandi are surrounded by several other Lingas of various sizes and hence the place is named Kotilingeshwara. The main temple also has 11 other shrines for other Hindu gods and goddesses.
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Avani, a place of great historic importance, is at a distance of 32 km from Kolar. As per Legend, it is believed that Sita Devi lived in this beautiful place during the days of Ramayana and hence, a temple dedicated to her is present.
It is also said that Sita gave birth to Luv-Kush in this temple and the room where the kids were born can be seen here during your visit to Avani. The author of Ramayana, sage Valmiki, is also said to have been residing here. Known as the Gaya of the South, Avani is famous for rock-climbing as well.
Sri Sripada Mutt, Kaivara Hills, Markandeya hills, etc., are some of the other places that can be visited during your trip to Kolar. So, make sure to take a tour around Kolar, a place with great historical significance.