Monday, 5 February 2018

Visiting Bengaluru temple with Kodagu connection

Overview: Hidden between the hustle and bustle of the Bangalore Pete is the Manchi Someshwara temple, built in the 19th century, by the then Diwan of Kodagu, Manjayya. Manjayya was the Dewan under the king ChikkaVeera Rajendra, who ruled Coorg in the early 19th century. The Raja was exiled by the British in 1834 and he took refuge in the Nalknad Palace in Kodagu.
The Manchi Someshwara temple is a simple structure, with a 12 feet long Dhwajastambha opposite to it. The inner mantapa has Vijayanagara like carvings, now painted in silver. The main diety has a small Shivalinga, with Nandi bull facing it. The idols of Ganapathi is also seen next to it and an idol of Devi on the right side.
The Kannada inscriptions mentioning the Kodagu Dewan's description of ChikkaVeera Rajendra is seen inside the temple.

Manchi Someshwara temple

Manchi Someshwara temple

Manchi Someshwara temple

Manchi Someshwara temple

Manchi Someshwara temple

Manchi Someshwara temple

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful trip of a little known place !!

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  2. Old ancient temple. Very peaceful to be in.... just loved the great temple architecture

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