India, also referred to many a time, as the country of temples has scores of enthralling temples, many of which are over 1000 years old. It is indeed amazing that we have these temples that remain as a symbol of our rich culture, heritage and legacy.
One such ancient yet beautiful temple, right outside of Bangalore is the Ranganatha temple in Chikkaballapur.
Just about 60 km from Bangalore, the temple also called “Rangasthala” is located on the way to Gauribidanur from Chikkaballapur. An architectural marvel, the structure of the temple is splendid and has been built predominantly in the Vijayanagar style with influences from the Dravidian school of architecture as well.
Dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, the main deity is about 4 and half feet long and is carved out of a single “Saligrama” stone. History has it that the idols of this temple as well as that of Srirangam and Srirangapatna were installed on the same day.
A unique feature of the “Garbha griha” or sanctum sanctorum is that, it is in the shape of a bamboo basket.
As you take a “Pradakshinam” or encircle the sanctum sanctorum, a small opening that allows sunlight can be seen. We were given to understand that the rays of the sun from this opening fall directly on the feet of the deity each year on Makara Sankaranthi in January. It is truly incredible to learn that such engineering marvels were planned and executed flawlessly during the ancient times.
The hall outside the temple has exquisite pillars with some of the most stunning sculptures depicting the fine craftsmanship of the yesteryears once again. The tower or Gopuram of the temple is also in the Vijayanagar style and is a symbol of intricate workmanship.
We had a quick stop over at Devanahalli fort on our way back which was a perfect end to a great day trip.
Rangasthala is about 6 km from Chikkaballapur on Gauribidanur Road. At the village of Thippenahalli you will see an arch on the right with a signboard leading to the temple. You can plan to visit this place along with the Bhoga Nandehwara temple that is just over 10 km away. Coupled with a visit to Muddenahalli, the birth place the great Sir. M Vishweshwaraiah, the vicinity of Chikkaballapur is a definitely an exciting option for a day trip from Bangalore.
This article was also published on Tripto.
37 thoughts on “Rangasthala, Chikkaballapur: a tryst with history”
Very true! it is a hidden gem:)
It looks so beautiful, I especially like the carved stonework. One day I’ll get there, hopefully!
It is Marion; most temples are like this especially in South India. You must plan a trip soon:)
The idol is beautiful Rashmi! very insightful article:)
Thank you Divya!
Light falling at the feet on a day in a year speaks volumes about the thinking that went in making this temple!
Lovely structures too.
Very true Alok! the temple is beautiful!
cool details 🙂
We hope to visit southern India later this year. I’ll be looking out for this lovely temple.
That’s great Peggy! Hope you have a great time..
I love the history behind these temples. This is just spectacular!
Adorable Decoration of God !
Yes indeed! thanks for reading.
A Great Post, Rashmi! Lord Ranganatha Bless us all!
Thank you Sir!
Rashmi…I draw lot of inspiration from these historic temples…remember visiting Gatti Subrahmanya temple in Gauribidanur but not visited this spectacular temple. Glad that I had a virtual tour of the temple through the marvellous pictures. It is surprising to note that another temple in addition to Gali Gangadeshwara temple where the sun’s rays fall at the feet of the deity on the same day. These temples apart from the intricate architecture and style are marvels in science and astronomy too!!!
Thanks for reading Sunitha! You must plan to visit this place; coupled with Bhoga Nandeeshwara that is just 10 km away, it is a worthy day trip.
Very well highlighted.
Will plan to visit this.
Thank you Indrani!
What a beauty this is! Amazing!
Yes Arun; you must plan to visit if you get a chance.
I am surely planning to, Rashmi.
Have to visit this place. I once had an ambition to visit all Ranganatha swamy temples along the river Cauvery, but then realised it isn’t so easy. Thanks for sharing yet another lesser known temple of our country!
Its amazing how people back in this days built such artistic marvels!! Great post Rashmi 🙂
So fascinating and beautiful! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks a lot!
Beautiful photos! Great article! I look forward to reading more of your blog! 🙂 -Danika
Thank you so much Danika:)
I have never heard India referred to as the country of temples but I can see why! Stirring up my wanderlust once again with your posts! 🙂
Thanks for reading Reeanna; hope you visit India soon!
What an amazing place – the sculptures and craftsmanship are superb! 🙂