Tourist Places in Kolar

1.Kotilingeshwara Temple

Kotilingeshwara Temple is a temple in the village of Kammasandra in Kolar district, Karnataka, India. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. The temple has one of the largest Shivalingams in the world.

Before Kammasandra village was known as “Kammasandra” it was known as “Dharmasthali” and was where Manjunathasharma (CE 788-827) or Bhakta Manjunatha lived. Bhakta Manjunatha was born in Dharmasthali to a family of Shaiva Hindu Brahmins and was always a man of good character, but was an atheist who insulted Sri Manjunatha ever since he was little. He ran a local wrestling school and participated in vigilantism instead of working in his family’s catering business and participating in religious traditions. Later in his life, he realized the divinity of Sri Manjunatha

And became an ardent devotee of Sri Rudradeva. Then, one day when Bhakta Manjunatha and his family visited the local Sri Manjunatha temple, a few incidents occurred which were interpreted as bad omens and every single holy Deepa (incensed lamp) on the temple premises became unlit. The other temple-goers then accused Bhakta Manjunatha as the cause. Nevertheless, Maharaja Ambikeshwaravarma, a local viceroy for the ruling Rastrakuta Dynasty and another Shaiva devotee, happened to be in attendance when that happened and quickly quelled the mob. He then approached Manjunatha to prove his innocence by making every Deepa glow again. Bhakta Manjunatha sang the devotional song Mayakaya Deepam by Maharshi Veda Vyasa and made them glow brighter than ever before. Everyone realized that Manjunatha was a changed man and was the greatest devotee of Sri Maheshwara. He is believed to have insulted Sri Manjunatha ten million times in his lifetime. Therefore, to acquit himself of his past sins, Bhakta Manjunatha, under the patronage of Maharaja Ambikeshwaravarma and the help of his family, created ten million lingas. Hence the name Kotilingeshwara, where Koti means crore and installed them in the area now known as Kotilingeshwara Temple.

2.Antara Gange Temple

Antara Gange (also known as Anthargange) is a mountain situated in the Shathashrunga mountain range in the southeastern portion of the Indian state of Karnataka, Kolar district. Antara Gange literally means “The Ganges from the deep” in Kannada. It is about two miles from the town of Kolar and seventy kilometers from Bangalore. Antara Gange is famous for Sri Kashi Vishweshwara temple, also known as Kashi of South. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the temple is a pond which gets a continuous flow of underground water from the mouth of a Basava (stone bull). It is believed that drinking water from the pond cleanses one from many diseases.

Way to Antar Gange caves is a steep and narrow path behind the temple to top of the mountain. (Now, the entry to the caves is restricted) The caves are 3-4 km from the temple. There are seven villages on this mountain, including Therhalli. The mountain consists of granite rocks and lot of caves around. Trekking in and around caves is popular here. Tourists also do night trekking and camping here, especially in summer months.

3.Someshwara temple

The Someshwara temple situated in Kolar town of Karnataka state, India, is an ornate 14th century Vijayanagara era Dravidian style construction. Someshwara, another name for the Hindu god Shiva is the presiding deity in the temple.[1] The temple is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India as a monument of national importance.

According to art historian George Michel, the general plan of the temple resembles that of the Someshvara temple in Bangalore, except, this temple is more rich in finish and detail.[3] The temple is noted for its tall superstructure (gopuram) over the main entrance (mahadwara).

The superstructure is built of brick and stucco. Though both temples have a large open pillared mukhamantapa (hall) leading to the sanctum (garbhagriha), in Kolar the open mantapa has a central hall surrounded by a raised floor. Several ornate pillars on the raised floor support the ceiling of the mantapa. The main shrine has a dravida (south Indian) style tower (shikhara), a vestibule (sukanasi) that connects the sanctum to a navaranga (closed hall) which leads to the large pillared mukhamandapa. The temple is enclosed by a cloistered wall (prakara).[1] At the frontal extension of the hall are four full length pillars depicting riders on Yalis (“mythical beasts”). An ornate Kalyana mantapa (“marriage hall”) built of granite, at the south-west corner of the complex, has pillars with decorative sculptures in relief.

4.Garuda temple, koladevi

Garuda, a mythical humanoid eagle, has a sacred place in Hindu religion. Among the trinities (Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara), Garuda is respected as the mount or vehicle of Lord Vishnu. However, it is very rare to find temples which are only dedicated to Garuda in India.Interestingly, there is one unique temple dedicated to Garuda in Karnataka. That is the Garuda Swamy Temple at Koladevi village in Kolar. There are several legends relating to this temple: During Dwapara Yuga, Arjuna goes to a jungle for hunting. In excitement, his fierce arrows not only generate forest fire but also results in killing many snakes. Arjuna gets cursed by the dead snakes (he gets sarpa dosha). To get relieved from this curse, scholars advise Arjuna to pray to Lord Garuda. So, it is a local belief that Arjuna himself installed the deity of Garuda in Koladevi GarudaTemple.,Another popular legend takes us back to Ramayana. When Ravana kidnaps Sita and takes her in the Pushpakavimana, it is Jatayu (Garuda) who comes to her rescue. Unfortunately, Jatayu gets killed by Ravana.

It is believed that it is in this place that Jatayu fell, hence the name ‘Koladev’. In Kannada, ‘Kollu’ means to kill. Lord Vishnu, pleased by Jatayu’s efforts, blesses him and hence Garuda again comes tothis place as a god.

5.Avani Temple Mulbagal

Avani is a small village in Mulabaagilu taluk, Kolar district in Karnataka, India, about ten miles from Kolar Gold Fields. The village is located at 32 km from Kolara, the district centre and 13 km from Mulabaagilu, the Taluk headquarters. It is a popular location for rock climbing.

Avani is known for the Sita temple situated on a hill. This temple is one of the few temples dedicated to Sitadevi in India. There is a belief that the sage Valmiki, the author of the epic Ramayana, was residing here during the period of Ramayana. Sitadevi lived here in his ashram while in exile. Sitadevi gave birth to her twin children Lava-Kusha here. Even today the room where Sita gave birth to her children exists. The war between Sri Rama and his sons Lava and Kusha happened in the village.

6.Markandeya Hill

Tourists are ‘recommended’ to explore Markandeya Hill that is situated close to the Vokkaleri Village in Kolar District of Karnataka. This site has been named after Sage Markandeya. According to local belief, this place had been used by Markandeya for performing tapas.

 

Upon reaching Markandeya Hill, tourists would get the chance to see a temple and reservoir that have been labelled with a similar name. The temple located on this hill is renowned among devotees for the Yama pasha marks. Markandeya Hill is surrounded by thick forests and, therefore, it is the ideal site for travelers who want to spend time amidst calm surroundings.

7.Kolar Gold Fields

 

Tourists on a trip to Kolar are ‘recommended’ to visit Kolar Gold Fields that is located in Bangarapet Taluk. The site is renowned for producing gold during the British Raj. During the colonial period, the city was home to nationals from Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom, apart from Anglo-Indians.

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The British had termed Kolar Gold Field site as ‘Little England’ because of its landscape and temperate weather, which is similar to that of Britain. Upon visiting the site, tourists will get the chance to sight the bungalows constructed in British architectural style.

Kolar is the second city in Asia after Tokyo (Japan) to get electricity from the hydroelectric project. This hydroelectricity project (Shivanasamudra) was the first in South India, which was commenced in 1902 to generate electricity for the Kolar Gold Fields. Travelers can explore the famous Dodabetta Hill that lies at an elevation of 3195 ft to the east of Kolar Gold Fields.

 

8.Kurudumale Ganesha Temple, Mulbagal

 

Kurudumale is a sacred place located in Mulbagal in the Kolar district. The temple is at a distance of just 10 kilometers from Mulbagal town. Kurudumale is famous for the Ganesha Temple that has attracted people from near and far for years.

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Home to one of the biggest idols, the Kurudumale Ganesha Temple has a 13 and a half foot Ganesha idol installed within its walls. Said to be very powerful, the deity is visited by people before the commencement of a new job or new phase of their life.

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It is believed that if a person with pure heart asks for something in the presence of this majestic idol, they will achieve what they wish for and great levels of success. As Ganesha is believed to be “Vighnaharta”, he will clear all your hurdles and his blessings are always welcome.

Festivals and weekends are the main times when crowds of people throng the premises of this beautiful temple. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the grandest festivals celebrated in the Kurudumale Ganesha Temple.

An architectural marvel whose immense size will take your breath away, the temple’s infamous idol is said to be continuously growing. An optical illusion, nonetheless it is one that must be witnessed first hand. The temple provides one with a feeling of tranquility and peace, the power and positivity of the Lord Ganesha that radiates, can be felt by everyone.

Tourist Places in Chikkaballapura

1.Nandi Hills

Located around 60 kilometres away from Bangalore, Nandi Hills is one such tourist spot that has gradually been discovered by visitors over the years and has now become a well-known weekend getaway.
Featuring beautifully carved arches and majestic pillars with intricately painted walls and ceilings, Nandi Hills is scattered with shrines and monument and is surrounded by mesmerizing views, making this place no less than a hidden paradise. Situated at a height of 4851 feet above sea level, you can see a convoy of weekenders from Bangalore during early hours catching the glimpse of sunrise.

2.Kailasagiri Hill

Kailasagiri cave temples of Lord Shiva and Ambaji Durga cave temple on a rock hill top are located about 7 km from Kaiwara, which are being restored. The magnitude of the cave and the efforts made to construct the temple are impressive. At the foothills of the Kailasagiri/Ambajidurga for the benefit of devotees free Prasadam distribution centre is arranged.
The other attraction of Chintamani is the temple at Kailasagiri. This is a famous cave temple located on the hill. There are three shrines in Kailasagiri dedicated to Lord Shiva (four faced), Goddess Parvathi and Lord Ganesha.Still the process of making caves is in progress. However, we can go inside and have a look into the caves and the installed idols. The temperature outside the caves is too hot but it is exactly opposite inside the caves.

It is very cold and pleasant inside. The people behind this project are great as it will definitely turn out in to an architectural masterpiece once the entire project is done.

3.Kaiwara Temple

Kaiwara is famous for Saint Narayanappa, Sri Yogi Nareyana (1730-1840 AD), popularly known as Kaiwara Narayana Thata ನಾರಾಯಣತಾತ in Kannada and Narayana Thatayya in Telugu, a bilingual poet who meditated in a cave in Kaiwara. Narayanappa prophesied and composed poems in praise of Amara Narayanaswamy, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, in both Kannada and Telugu. His works include “Amaranarayana Shathaka”, “Kaalagnana”,[2] and “Bramanandpuri Shatakka”, in which he explains all the nuances of yoga. The Keertanas are comparable to famous Keertanakaras of Karnataka such as Purandaradasa and Kanakadasa. Thatayya also appears to have been influenced by Vemana Kavi and Veera Bramhendra Swamy of present-day Andhra Pradesh, and Sarvajna of present-day Karnataka.

Kaiwara is famous for Saint Narayanappa, Sri Yogi Nareyana (1730-1840 AD), popularly known as Kaiwara Narayana Thata ನಾರಾಯಣತಾತ in Kannada and Narayana Thatayya in Telugu, a bilingual poet who meditated in a cave in Kaiwara. Narayanappa prophesied and composed poems in praise of Amara Narayanaswamy, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, in both Kannada and Telugu. His works include “Amaranarayana Shathaka”, “Kaalagnana”,[2] and “Bramanandpuri Shatakka”, in which he explains all the nuances of yoga. The Keertanas are comparable to famous Keertanakaras of Karnataka such as Purandaradasa and Kanakadasa. Thatayya also appears to have been influenced by Vemana Kavi and Veera Bramhendra Swamy of present-day Andhra Pradesh, and Sarvajna of present-day Karnataka.

In one of his poems, half of each line is in Kannada, and the other half in Telugu. This poem has been composed in carnatic classical music style and sung by Sri Balamurali Krishna, a prominent Indian musician. Composer Mahesh Mahadev has tuned and composed music for his 25 poems and given it the shape of a song using popular Hindustani and Carnatic ragas. Dr.S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Priyadarshini and many other popular singers have sung these songs.
The Swami Narayana Ashram in Kaivara is dedicated to him and has become a pilgrimage and a tourist destination.[2] The cave, the Vaikunta (temple) by the side of the cave, Amara Narayanaswamy temple, and the hillock on which Bheema is supposed to have killed the Bakasura are also notable sites in Kaivara.
The town was known as Ekachakrapura in Dwaparayuga. The Pandavas of India’s greatest epic Mahabharata lived here during their vanavasa (period spent in the forest). Bheema, the brother of Dharmaraja, has established a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (Bheemalingeswara temple).

4.Vivekanand Falls

Roughly 12km from the city of Chikbalapur, one has to take the route to kethenahalli and just 1 km walking distance from that town, is the dazzling cascade known as Vivekanand Falls. Despite the fact that the trek of 1 km can be somewhat tiring, seeing the excellent waterfalls invigorates tourists of their weariness immediately. The sound of water ends the quietness of a generally calm forest and can be heard from a far distance. The Vivekanand Falls cascading down the rocks makes a stunning thunder amid the rainstorm season. The waterfall picks up force in the monsoon season when the downpour gives a lift to the water level in the Chikkaballapur valley. Amid the rainy season, the cascade is encompassed by an exquisite fog that improves the excellence and beauty of the area..