Shivagange Temple

This is a hill which looks like the shape of the Shiva Linga from one of its sides. There are spring water spots found on this hill, it is believed that the water is “Gange” sacred river for Hindus. Located just about 60kms from Bangalore, near Dobbspet, Tumkur district this hill is ideal location for a one day trek. Also it is a holy place which is known as “Dakshina Kashi”. Here on the hills are several temples – Gangadhareshwara temple, Olakal Teertha, Nandi Statue, Patalagange.

Gangadhareshwara Temple :
As we go up the hill, we first see the Gangadhareshwara, ancient temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has a low roof and alight only with diyas. Pujas and abhisheka are performed here. It is believed that the Abhisheka in ghee turns into butter. There is a tunnel in the Garba Griha (inner sanctum) which is believed to be connecting to the Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple at Bangalore. Nobody has tried to enter the tunnel as it is closed from both the entrances for safety reasons.
There many sculptures and carving on the walls and the pillars. But most of them have succumbed to weather and neglect; some have lost their heritage look after being painted.

Olakala Teertha :
Further up on the hillock we come across the spring water, Olakala Teertha. One has to step down the narrow stairs between the rocks to find the spring. It is said that one who is pious and good can touch or feel the water.


Nandi Statue :
At the top of the hill is the Nandi Statue, is a monolith placed on a huge rock .The view around the area atop the hill is mesmerizing. This is the peak of Shivagange. After this is the visit to Patala Gange.

Patala Gange :
Patala Gange is a temple built in the mountain. Here it has underground spring seeping at entrance of the temple. Sometimes the water level is up to the knee length and very cold. Passing this we arrive at the Garba Griha where in we can crawl into a tunnel to make the Pradakshina to the Lord. They say the water flows here is connected at Antargange.

To view the photos of the temple check this link :
http://karthikr.wordpress.com/2005/03/13/shiva-ganga/


Source : http://www.karnataka.com/
(I came to know about this temple , from Padma.)

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