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Somesvara Temple, Kolar

DISTRICT: Kolar; TALUK: Kolar
LOCALITY: Kolar (Lat. 13° 07' N; Long. 78° 12' E)
APPROACH: AIRPORT: Bengaluru; RAILWAY STATION: Kolar; BUS STATION: Kolar

The Somesvara temple is an ornate Siva temple of the typical Dravidian style. The temple is assignable to the early Vijayanagara period (14th century AD). It is known for a high mahadvara and a tall brick and stucco tower over it. The temple has a garbhagriha, a sukanasi, a navaranga and a large pillared mukhamandapa, all enclosed by a cloistered prakara. The adhisthana of the main temple is treated with the conventional mouldings, the upper one treated with friezes of elephants, dwarfs and squatting lions. The wall of the main temple is elaborately decorated with kumbha pilasters in the recesses and slender pilaster turrets. The kalyanamandapa situated to the south-west is an exquisitely beautiful compact structure well known for intricate workmanship on granite. The small shrine towards the north-west is dedicated to Amman. A Dravida sikhara of moderate size is provided over the garbhagriha of both the shrines.