Someshwara Temple Bangalore is one of the oldest temples of Karnataka.
This temple built in Chola period, in ancient Indian architecture, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The compound of the temple was built by chieftain Kempegowda, the founder of Bangalore.
The most amazing fact about this temple is that Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma are also worshipped over here.
Located in central Bangalore (Ulsoor), the Someshwara Temple is one of the most striking examples of ancient Indian architecture. The other deities housed here are Kamakshamma, Arunachaleswara, Bhimeswara, Nanjundeswara and Panchalingeswara.
Some of the most striking features of the temple include the impressive Rajagopuram or the temple tower and the Dhwajastambha in front of the temple. Endowed with splendid architecture, the Someshwara temple bears testimony to the architectural expertise of the Chola era. There are also a large number of elaborately carved pillars inside the temple premise.
It is also known as Halasuru Someshwara temple.
Maha Shivaratri is the main festival here. During this time, the worshippers throng here for a darshan of Lord Shiva and the Pancha Lingeswaras.
Brahmotsava on the full moon day.
Kamakshamma Pallaki Utsava in April. During the Kamakshamma Pallaki Utsav, the idol of Goddess Kamakshamma is taken out in procession in a palanquin around the temple.
Special rituals and ceremonies are also held over here during Ugadi and Karthik Poornima.