from here & there

from here & there

At the summit of faith

The hill temple of Shivagange is famous for its cave temples and mantapas. The hill is six km from Dobbspet on the Bangalore-Tumkur road. Dobbspet is about 50 km from Bangalore. Shivagange makes for an ideal weekend getaway from Bangalore and Tumkur.

One has to climb 260 steps to reach the main temple, dedicated to Lord Gangadhareswara and Goddess Honnedevi.

Before entering the main temple, one can spot the Ganesha idol on the left side.
The idol is beautifully carved on red sand stone There is also an idol of Nandi on the left side of the entrance. Idols of Nandi are an invariable part of every Shiva temple.

While in North India, the idols are much smaller, in the South, they are huge. There are many places in the State famous for their Nandi idols.

The Bull Temple in Bangalore, Nandi temple at Chamundi hills, the Nandi statue in Pattadakkal, etc are very famous.
At Shivagange, the size of the Nandi is about 4.5 feet high, and beautifully carved on red sand stone. The statues of the Nagadevathe (snake deities) are located near the Girija kalyana mantapa.

Like any other temple, the idols of the Nagadevathe also worshipped here and draws a lot of devotees.

Also on your trip to Shivagange, make sure you don’t miss many structures, examples of Hoysalan architecture, built during the reign of the Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana (1111-1152).

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