Thursday, 24 January 2008

My Visit to an Ancient Temple - Sri Someshwara Temple in Old Madiwala (Bangalore)

Few months back, I had the opportunity to locate one of the long forgotten heritage of the Bangalore City.

In the by lanes of Old Madiwala, near Silk Board/Dollar Colony lies the Ancient Someshwara Temple. This temple is more than 800 year old and was built by Chola Kings

The whole Madiwala, Silk Board Area, Madivala Lake and Maruthi Nagar once belonged to the temple.

The temple houses a "Swayambu" Shiva linga in it Sanctum Sanctorum (Shiva lingam formed by natural Rock Formation). But unlike other ancient temples which I visited in Bangalore , this temple is in good shape and cared well by people around. This shows the real strength people have in protecting our heritage without outside help.

I came to know from the priest that renovation work was done during 2004, before that temple was in very bad shape. Many of the inscriptions which temple once had are lost in sands of time but still the temple has been renovated with proper guidance.

This temple also has the word Bengaluru inscribed in one of its Wall stones inscriptions which survived to tell the tale of the temple , about the rulers and assets it once owned

When one hears of Someshwara temple in Bangalore , only Ulsoor temple comes into our minds but this temple built by the same dynasty(Cholas) and time is not known to many. Even for the people residing near it. The same dynasty had built Ulsoor Someshwara temple and Begur Pancha Lingeshwara Temple

I request all those interested in preserving our heritage to have a visit once to this temple.

Your feedback and suggestions are highly appreciated.

Please find below some Articles on the temple

http://www.deccanherald.com/Archives/jan222004/metro3.asp

http://www.hindu.com/2004/08/20/stories/2004082016400300.htm

(Origin Of Word: 'Benga-val-oru', the City of Guards in old Kannada)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Bangalore

History and Origin Of Madivala and its Lake
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/42766601.cms

7 comments:

My Nikon D300 And My Opinions said...

This is such a wealth of info here Swami... Good reading material.

SANKAR said...

please tell me the address of this temple.

Swami said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Madiwala_Someshwara_Temple,_Bangalore

Swami said...

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/14855/tv-talk.html

Hari Prasad Reddy said...

@Sankar Please find address below

If you are coming from Silk Board/Hebbal – Banashankari:

1. Get down in KevumpNagar bus stop / AXA building stop and cross the road
2. Walk 2 mints straight towards Silkboard side you will see “PavanSagar” hotel left side / right side one temple
3. Enter into that street and go dead-end and take right
4. Once you take right walk for a 1 minute , you will see Mariyamma temple on right side
5. There you have to take left and walk 1 minute. you will see Lord Sri Someshwara Swamy temple

If you are coming from Banashankari – Silk Board/Hebbal:

1. Direct you getdown in Kevumpu Nagar Bus stop/AXA building
2. Walk 2 mints straight towards Silkboard side you will see “Pavan Sagar” hotel left side/ right side one temple
3. Enter into that street and go dead-end and take right
4. Once you will take right walk for a 1 minute , you will see Mariyamma temple on right side
5. There you have to take left and walk 1 minute. you will see Lord Sri Someshwara Swamy temple

Swami said...

Thanks Hari Prasad Sir

Hari Prasad Reddy said...

@Swami-
added your few words into
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Madiwala_Someshwara_Temple,_Bangalore