Nandi Hills is one of the most famous places in Karnataka. Especially, its proximity to Bengaluru makes it a favourite among the city dwellers. However, there is one more destination at the base of Nandi Hills which has a long history. Yeah, it is the Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple near Nandi Hills which is most fascinating to explore.
Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Complex
This temple complex houses not one but three shrines of Lord Shiva. Yes, the Arunachaleshwara Temple, Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple and Uma Maheshwara Temple are the three temples in this heritage complex.
According to the legends, these temples represent a phase of Lord Shiva's life. While the Arunachaleshwara Temple represents his childhood, the Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple relates to his youth. Finally, the small shrine of Uma Maheshwara represents Lord Shiva with his wife Parvati. As a continuation, the Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple located on top of Nandi Hills represents the phase of renunciation.
Along with these temples, there is also a big temple pond named Shringi Theertha. Myth says that it was created by Nandi and it is also the source of South Pinakini (South Pennar) River.
History of Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Complex
The history of this temple complex is quite amusing as each of these temples are built by different kingdoms. Yes, the original Bhoga Nandeeshwara complex is said to have built during the reign of Nolumba dynasty in 9th century. However, there were many additions and rebuilding done by other dynasty.
The Arunachaleshwara is said to be built by the Ganga Dynasty whereas Bhoga Nandeeshwara was built by Cholas. Finally, the Uma Maheshwara Temple in between was a later addition made by the Hoysalas.
The studies also indicate some major elements of Vijayanagara architecture in some portions of the temple. The region of Chikkaballapura was under the rule of several kingdoms, hence you can find their architectural styles in this temple complex.
Today, the Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple complex is one of the famous temples in Karnataka. Most people who visit Nandi Hills make it a point to look around this heritage site. The old world charm, artistic carvings, exotic design and the ambience of the temple premises excites everyone.
Hence, don't miss out on visiting the Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple on your trip to Nandi Hills.
How to Reach Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is around 55km from Bengaluru. It is easily accessible by road from Bangalore. The Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is about 15km at the base of Nandi Hills.
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