From Here & There

From Here & There

Narasimha temple of Thattekere

The Thattekere Ranganathas­wamy temple is famous for its peaceful and green ambience.
Situated near Solur, which is about 15 km from Nelamangala on NH4, the village of Thattekere is hardly known.

The small temple is built in the Dravidian style of architecture, without any gopura or tower.
The temple houses the idol of Lord Narayana. There are other deities including goddess Lakshmi, Saraswati, Garuda and Anjaneya. However the garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum) is dark and the main idol of Narasimha, popularly known as Ranganathaswamy, is worshipped there. Though in most Narasimha temples, the idol is in a seated posture, here it is standing on a kamalasana (lotus seat).

The idol is a four-handed (chatur­bhuja) one. It is said that kings of many dynasties including the Mysore Wodeyars visited this place and rebuilt it. On the left side is a small shrine of Goddess Lakshmi, while another shrine of Vaishnava saint Ramanujacharya is on the right.

How to get there
Bus services from Bangalore’s Majestic bus-stand to Solur (15 km from Nelamangala on Tumkur road) are available. Once you reach Solur, you can hire an auto rickshaw to reach Thattekere.

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