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Photo essay: Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani

As mentioned in several of my earlier posts, India is a treasure trove of magnificent temples and ancient monuments.  There are several such ‘hidden gems‘ in the form of beautiful, ornate temples dating back centuries in and around the bustling IT city of Bengaluru.  Yet another addition to this wonderful list is the Ramalingeshwara group of temples in Avani. Just about 100 km from Bangalore, Avani is located in Kolar district and is easily accessible by road.  A great idea for a day trip, the temple interestingly dates back to the 10th century and was constructed by the Nolamba dynasty.

Steeped in history, Avani is believed to be the home of sage Valmiki.  It is also believed that Avani was visited by Lord Rama and was the birth place of His sons, Luva-Kusha.  The complex itself has multiple temples and the main deity is Lord Shiva, in the form of a Linga.  Legend has it that Rama and His brothers, established the Lingas here and hence the four main shrines are known as Ramalingeshwara, Lakshmanalingeshwara, Bharathalingeshwara & Shatrugnalingeshwara.

Fine architecture, elaborate pillars and unique carvings are some of striking features of the temple.  Here are some captures:

The tower of one of the temples in the Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani
The tower of one of the temples in the Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani
Another view of the tower of one of the temples in the Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani
Another view of one of the temples in the Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani

A frontal view of one of the temples in the Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani
A frontal view of one of the temples in the Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani

One of the Lingas in the Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani
One of the Lingas in the Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani
The Nandi (Holy Bull)
The Nandi (Holy Bull)

Constructed in the Dravidian style, the temple has several unusual carvings on its outer walls.

Sculptures and carvings on the outer walls

Intricate carvings on pillars
Intricate carvings on pillars
Panels on the walls

Carving of a boar
Carving of a boar

The best part about the temple is the lush greeenery all around that makes the ambience all the more appealing.

May flowers galore
May flowers galore

Boulders amidst greenery
Boulders amidst greenery

We managed to spot some interesting wildlife too!

A lizard species
A lizard species

Click here and here to read more posts about other interesting temples in Karnataka.

6 thoughts on “Photo essay: Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani

  1. Fascinating photo essay on the temples of Avani! I am continuously amazed at the high level of skills architects and artisans demonstrated in building of such structures. Great post, Rashmi!

  2. Interesting history behind the place Avani, I would like to visit there when I visit Bangalore, thanks so much for sharing.

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