Bhoga Nandeeswara (Lord Shiva) Temple, Nandi hills

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An ancient abode of Lord Shiva in the State of Karnataka. The temple is on the foot of Nandi hills.

This is the most important among the four Shiva temples on the Nandi hills; the other three are Yoga Nandeeswara temple on the top of the hill, Arunachaleswara and Uma Maheshwara temples, adjacent to the Bhoga Nandeeswara temple.

Traditionally, Bhoga Nandeeswara form of Lord Shiva is conceived as Lord Shiva in his youthful form. The other two temples of the complex is Arunachaleswara- Lord Shiva in his child hood form and Uma Maheswara- in his grihasta or family man form. The Yoganandeswara on the top of the hill depicts Lord Shiva as a Sanyasi or a Yogi.

The ancient temple was originally built by Bana-rulers in the ninth century AD. Later it received patronage from many successive dynasties which ruled the area from time to time like Ganga’s, Pallavas, Cholas, Hoysalas and finally the Vijayanagara.

The Shringi Theertham, the temple tank is considered holy. It is an interesting architecture piece to watch. Legend is that Nandi, the Vahana (mount) of Lord Shiva dug this pond by striking the ground with its horns (Shringa in Sanskrit) and the water from the holy River Ganga gushed out of it.

The Nandi hill is about 60 kilometers from Bangalore, near Devanahalli International Airport.

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