Temple Tanks are known by different names like kalyani, pushkarani, kund, theerth, sarovar, talab and so on. Temple tanks are an integral part of Indian temple architecture and they are found in many temple complexes across India. Often they are considered as sacred and hence many devotees believe in taking a holy dip in these tanks before entering the temple.
Some temple tanks are also considered as the source of rivers. Hence, people have a unique connection with these kalyanis in the temple premises. Apart from these, ancient temple tanks also depict the water storage system and design of construction followed in the ancient times. Interestingly, not only do they have incredible designs but also are built in a similar stepwell pattern found in most temples.
Today, they are sacred sites as well as tourist attractions. People make it a point to visit these Kalyanis when they visit temples with temple tanks. While many pushkaranis are open to take holy bath, some are closed for public. However, it is a joy to look at the calm pushkaranis that have stood the test of times.
Here is a photo-tour around the most beautiful temple tanks in Karnataka.
Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple Tank
The Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is one of the oldest temples located at the foot of Nandi Hills near Bangalore. The kalyani or pushkarani at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is known as Sringeri Theertha. According to a legend, this kalyani is the source of Pinakini river.
Udupi Krishna Temple Tank
One can't miss the beautiful Madhva Sarvora inside Udupi Krishna Matha. It is said that earlier swamijis used to take a holy bath in this tank before performing pooja for Lord Krishna.
Vittal Temple Pushkarani at Hampi
The heritage site of Hampi is said to have had many temple tanks. A few of them have been restored today. The Krishna Pushkarani near Vijay Vittala Temple in Hampi is one of the beautiful temple tanks in Karnataka.
Melukote Cheluvanarayana Swamy Temple Tank
The temple pond at Melukote is an enchanting structure. It is built in the form of a stepwell and considered as a sacred spot. For years, it has served as one of the film shooting spots in Karnataka.
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Belur Chennakeshava Temple Kalyani
Chennakeshava Temple at Belur is one of the most beautiful architectures of the Hoysala dynasty. The kalyani at Belur Chennakeshava Temple is one of the attractions here.
Talakaveri Temple is one of the top tourist places in Coorg. It is the source of the famous Kaveri River and hence considered as a holy place.
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