Monday, August 8, 2011

Lord Aprameya Swamy Temple, Dodda Mallur

Lord Aprameya Swamy Temple at Dodda Mallur is a very ancient temple with a history of more than 3000 years. There is documentary evidence of existence of this temple in 980 A.D.

It is said that that the temple was built and expanded by Chola King Rajendra Simha. The uniqueness of this temple is that it does not have any solid foundation, but it has been erected directly on the sandy area.

Lord Aprameya is the presiding deity of the temple. The idol is carved out of Saligrama stone. It is in a standing posture with Shanku Chakra in upper two hands and Gadha and Padma in the lower hands.

The temple has beautiful carvings on the towers and the pillars. This temple is more famous as Navaneeta Krishna Temple as the temple also houses Lord Krishna is the crawling form.

The temple is about 60 kms from Bangalore on the
Bangalore - Mysore Highway. On the left side of the highway while driving from from Bangalore after Channapatna, there is a big arch leading to the temple.

46 comments:

Team G Square said...

Wow , nice to read about this temple .

nishaslifestyle.blogspot.com said...

ah u explore India thoroughly rajesh...every nooks and corners portraying the incredible india...love ths place

Sridharan said...

Beautiful.. the corridor (3rd pic) reminds me of Melkote !

George said...

I was amazed to read that this ancient temple was built directly on sandy soil. I'm glad it has remained standing for these 3,000 years. The carvings are beautiful, and your pictures are wonderful.

ladyfi said...

What a magnificent temple!

joo said...

This temple is so beautiful!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This looks like a dream of a castle or temple -- almost unreal. And it seems even more unreal when you see that it is not built on a foundation. Hard to believe (but I do!)

JM said...

No solid foundations and still standing. Amazing!

Mama Zen said...

How beautiful!

forgetmenot said...

Another beautiful temple-hard to believe it has existed for so many years. Lovely post to share. Mickie :)

Krishna said...

nice info....

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful temple! I love the colors in the first shot! Lovely captures as always, Rajesh! I always enjoy the tours you take us on! Have a great week!

Sylvia

magiceye said...

lovely images!

joshi daniel said...

nice one!

eileeninmd said...

Rajesh, the temple is gorgeous and I love the pink blossom in front. Wonderful photos from your world.

Gary said...

Another great series of carvings!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

alicesg said...

Superb that the temple still looked so beautiful and as always I enjoy the architectural designs.

Carver said...

Great shots and information about the temple.

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photowannabe said...

That is an amazing amount of years its been standing on a less than firm foundation.

Ash said...

Splendid architecture!

Karen said...

Another beautiful temple. Great images and info.

Leslie: said...

Beautiful architecture and photos! Hope you have a delightful week,

Leslie
abcw team

Jo Bryant said...

So glad you shared this with us - beautiful

Nanka said...

Great history and past of beautiful temples which are lesser known to the world revived here!!

Eden said...

Impressive! Great shots.

Pietro said...

Splendid temple, indeed. The carvings are so nice!

Shooting Parrots said...

Amazing that it has stood so long without foundations. What's its secret?

Andy said...

Hello.
WoW! I can't believe the foundation is only sandy soil & the temple is still standing so strong! Your photos are amazing. You capture so much of the detail of the architecture.
What wonderful journeys & memories you must have.

Thanks for sharing.

I'm here:
Dancing In My Dreams

Joy said...

It is in remarkably pristine condition for its age. Beautiful, to enter it under the pink blossom is lovely as well.

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

That's a nice temple. Drop by mine, it has a Chola, Pandya, Pallava mix temple...
Dhenupurishwarar Temple

Indrani said...

Great post.

Francisca said...

Only 3000? Wow, fabulous!

Roger Owen Green said...

used to think temples were DECADENT, but I've learned to appreciate their beauty.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Jeevan said...

This temple’s date back is amazing and still standing strong is enough proof! Wonderful composition on Temple, I like the tower and mandapam.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful details.

My Shadow Shot post, have a good weekend!

EG Wow said...

Cool post.

RNSANE said...

So beautiful, Rajesh - and though I have mobility problems, I AM coming to India. I have my plane ticket, finally. I arrive October 25th and am in India just short of six months, returning to San Francisco on April 10th. I hope we can meet, somehow, during my stay!

My Shadow Shot Sunday is at:

http://rnsane.blogspot.com/2011/08/shadow-shot-sunday-169-shadows-at-san.html

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this temple.

RNSANE: I am glad that you are coming to India and will be here for nearly six months. I am looking forward to meet you at some point.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Interesting and nice story about this very old temple in India.
Nice photos, too.

Regards!

Fashion Momma said...

Beautiful structures.

Hope you'd find time to visit me here.

Liz said...

Wonderful shots!

Luna Miranda said...

3,000 years--wow! i admire the dedication of the craftsmen who designed and built this temple. amazing.

Priya said...

Fantastic Post! I have added this temple to my list of must visit sites during my next trip to Bangalore - Mysore!

Sujatha Sathya said...

nice temple

Rajesh said...

Thank you all. It is a nice place to visit.