Someshwara Temple is located in the heart of the Kolar region and is one of the famous temples in this town. The Someshwara temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

He is worshipped in the name of Lord Someshwara at this temple. The temple was built by the Cholas who ruled this region in the 11th century who were then dethroned by the Chalukyas.

The temple was later expanded by the Vijayanagara Empire and is a fine example of the Vijayanagara style of architecture. The carvings on the inner pillars of the temple have an international connection which depicts the importance and value of trade to the King.

The temple was built in distinct Vijayanagara style with Chinese, European and Thai influence. This inclusion of foreign styles is a prominent feature of Vijayanagara architectural style as witnessed in Hampi.

The temple complex, among others, has a huge Mantapa, Yoga Shaala, Kalyana Mantapa ,massive pillared mukha mandapa. Heavy Prakara walls, ornate and a Devi Shrine for Goddess Parvathi, lofty gopura at the entrance is known for fine stucco figures on the tower, while the door frame is carved in typical Vijayanagara style with dwarapalas.

How to reach:

Take NH4 out of Bangalore. Some 60-odd kms later you will find yourself at Kamat. Some 10 kms later take a left deviation to Kolar. You can ask for directions once you are in Kolar.

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