'Binnamangala' is located in the outskirts of Nelamangala and Bangalore. It has a lesser known Chola temple dedicated to Lord Mukthanatheshwara (Shiva). This temple is believed to be built by Raja Rajendra Chola in the 10 th century AD. This wonderful ancient temple was recently renovated by the ASI with the help of the locals and the deity is being worshiped since then. As some parts of the temple were badly damaged , they had to be replaced by new stones and the work is no match to the original work.
The temple is of ekakuta type with Dravidian style of architecture. The outer walls have carvings of forms Lord Shiva and his family, some of which are unique. The Shikara is completely a new component. There is an inscription stone (written in Tamil) in front of the temple giving the information about the temple. There is also a sculpture of the king Rajendra Chola besides a tall pillar.
|Carvings on the Outer Walls|
|Nataraja (Note the Hair Style)|
|Elephant Carving at the Corners|
|Friezes with Animal Carvings|
The temple houses a Shiva Linga with a Nandi in the front of it. The pillars are extensively carved, setting an excellent example of the Chola architecture. The door frames are also beautifully decorated. A wonderful carving of the Ashtadikpalas can be seen on its ceiling.
|Extensively Carved Pillar|
This temple was open when we visited as it was the eve of Sankranthi (Festival of Harvest). Since the temple's priest was unavailable, we did not get any further information regarding the temple's history.
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH4 - Take right turn towards Nelamangala - Immediately take a right turn towards the temple.
Distance from the Bangalore: 35 kms
Place to visit Around: Nelamangala, Manne, Shivagange, Nijagal Fort and many more.
Trip Date: 14 Jan' 2010