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Ulasoor Someshwar temple

Having visited Maruti mandir in Vijayanagar which is a modern temple, I did some research on next visit.


This Someshwar temple in Ulsoor was said to be thousands of years old.

The moment I got down from Ulsoor metro station, I felt I am in another place. A smaller town, slightly calmer but not cleaner than Bangalore. The temple is hardly 5 minutes walk from the station.

The outer dwara gopura was temporarily covered with dried coconut leaves. But the walls themselves had such nice carvings.








Once you enter the courtyard, there are many smaller temples in the periphery and a what looked like a brass Nandi with its own gopura.

The temple has very large open mantapa with 48 stone pillars each with intricate carvings. According to wikipedia these carvings represent various scenes like Ravana lifting a mountain, Girija kalyana etc. Many pillars had sculpture of a man riding a lion. Internet told me that this temple is in Vijayanagar model.

And some of Gods in the pradakshina had some Tamil names too.

Facing the idol is a very large brass Nandi.



For such a historical temple, there weren't many visitors.

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