Saturday, December 6, 2008

Nandi Teertha Temple, Bangalore

Malleswaram, located in the north-west of Bangalore, derives its name from the famous Kaadu Malleshwara temple originally, a village named Mallapura.


The 15th cross, 2nd main road, Temple Street is adorned by various temples. One among them is Nandi Teertha Temple. Here one can see water fall onto an idol of Shiva through the mouth of Nandi. This was discovered in the year 1999, but it has stood for 7,000 years on that spot. Being buried over the years hasn't diminished its aura at all. The temple was completely buried and the land above it was a flat stretch. When the land was dug, they found buried underneath, this temple and it was in perfect condition, preserved by the thick layers of soil. This underground temple was enclosed within a stone cut courtyard supported by ancient stone pillars. At the far end of the courtyard, a Nandi was carved out of a black stone with eyes painted in gold. From its mouth a clear stream of water flowed directly on to a Shivalinga made out of the same black stone at a lower level. There were steps that led to a small pool in the center of the courtyard where the water flowed and collected. The pool's center had a 15 feet deep whirlpool.






Nobody knows where the water comes from and how it passes from the mouth of the Nandi idol on to the Shivalinga. Nobody knows how the whirlpool came into being, the source of water, the sculptor, even the time when it was built remains a mystery.


19 comments:

sandeep said...

u mean ... this is in blore??? city???

i shud be ashamed that after staying in blore for almost 9 years, i havent even heard of this place :(

ur pictures didnt keep the usual standards this time. thought it was too bright

Rajesh said...

There are places in Bangalore which are known to very few. This should have been in Bangalore tourist map for its uniqueness.

There is one more table in the vicinity of this temple which is under ASI and also unknown.

I agree with your view on the snap.

Sylvia K said...

Fascinating post as always, Rajesh! Always enjoy learning more about your country! Thank you for you very wonderful and informative posts! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Troy said...

I always love it when I read a post that is both entertaining and educational.

This was fascinating. Now I want to visit and see it for myslef. I'll put it on my list of "things to do someday".

Great post.

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday Team, Thanks for participating this week. Hope you can join us again next week.

Troy

Mar said...

Wonderful and informative post, truly enjoyable.

N is for numismatic!

Gattina said...

Very interesting as always !

Manang Kim said...

Oh wow!! I like this kind of information it makes my mind think of who,when and why they made this. And I like it to remain a mystery. Happy Wednesday!

ABC Wednesday~Nikon

Roger Owen Green said...

interesting, informative.


ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Bestemor Drillo said...

Amazing!!
Have a nice day;)

Spiderdama said...

Interesting post!
Wish you a nice evening:-)

hobbyentusiast said...

Nice

Greyscale Territory said...

Enjoyed your story of the mystery behind this fountain! A most unusual colour and shape!

Laura Hegfield said...

what a fascinating story!

wenn said...

interesting!

J Bar said...

Very interesting.
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Gardening in a Sandbox said...

That is a very fascinating story. Valerie

Tammie Lee said...

this certainly is an interesting mystery!

Rajesh said...

Sylvia, Troy, Mar, Gattina, Kim, Roger, Drillo, Spiderdama, Lee, hobbyentusiast, Laura, Wenn, J Bar, Sandbox: Thanks for the appreciation.

Sapna said...

This one is really Amazing.
I want to visit.
Thank you