TRAVEL AND TOURISM

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple: Time travel to the past!

Traveling just 60 odd km away from Bengaluru City will take you to one of the most exquisite and ancient architectural marvel, the Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple. Believed to be first built-in the early 9th century AD during the Nolamba dynasty era, and modified over centuries under respective ruling dynasties, this place is a must visit for anyone interested in architectural and archeological wonders!

This is an ideal place to visit from Bangalore especially for a day trip from Bangalore

The temple looks ordinary from the outside, with cement plastered compound walls and a massive lawn just outside the main entrance, bringing a sense of artificiality when you are expecting a splash of history! Nevertheless, the moment you step inside the main temple complex, you will be teleported to the 9th century and trust me, you would want to get trapped in that space-time continuum forever!

The temple looks ordinary from the outside, with cement plastered compound walls and a massive lawn just outside the main entrance, bringing a sense of artificiality when you are expecting a splash of history! Nevertheless, the moment you step inside the main temple complex, you will be teleported to the 9th century and trust me, you would want to get trapped in that space-time continuum forever!

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There are 3 different temples inside the complex, dedicated to different deities and each of these temples has its own stories to tell. There are countless statues representing different deities, mythological creatures, and characters all around the temple complex; even the windows of these shrines are carved sculptures and you cannot find anything in the complex where a touch of creativity is not present. The main temple buildings (gopuras), the mandapas in front of these gopuras and the pillars on these mandapas all with ornate carvings on them offer you a visual delight. The complexities of the statutes, the geometrical patterns on the walls, the intricate details on the carvings, inscriptions in unknown languages all make you wonder the rich culture and capability our ancestors had! There is also a massive temple tank (Shringi Thirtha Pond) which is surrounded by exquisitely carved mandapa and the pond is filled with fishes which provide you free foot therapy! I am sure no one who visited this place will leave without taking a moment to realize the effort, resource and the time needed to create something like this of massive scale. (Opens in New tab)

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Reaching BNT:

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The temple is located at Nandi village, (which is at the base of Nandi Hills), which is around 55km from Majestic, Bangalore. It’s ironic that thousands flock to Nandi Hills every day but only a fraction of them visit this wonderful place despite being so close to Nandi hills! The place can be easily accessed by road as well as rail. If you are driving/riding on your own then follow Google maps directions for a seamless journey! Cab services like Ola Outstation also ply to this destination (I went in Ola Outstation and it cost 1600 INR  for round trip). The temple can also be reached by train from Bangalore by getting into any local train which has a stop at “Nandi halt” railway station. There are even KSRTC buses which pass near the temple and has a halt at the temple, but I am not sure on the route (as in bus to where?).

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Photography at BNT:

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BNT is an Archeological Survey of India protected monument and unfortunately, photography is prohibited unless you have pre-approved permission from the ASI Bangalore office. However, this restriction is only for DSLR cameras and there is no restriction for Mobile phone photography (which is laughable!). A couple of temple authorities roam around the premises checking if anyone is taking photos on a DSLR and asking them to keep the camera away in case they fail to produce a permission letter! I was fortunate to take some pics in my DSLR since I reached very early before the guards came and moved to phone photography later!

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Amenities at BNT:

The temple is situated in a village away from the hassles of city life and hence do not expect any great amenities at the place. Outside the temple, there is a toilet complex which has badly maintained toilets (Use only if it is an emergency). There are small shops nearby which sell flowers, biscuits, and other basic stuff. Car parking is available outside the temple walls and there is enough space to park 10-15 cars (Though it never gets that crowded). There are no ATMs or any hotels nearby and you have to reach back the highway to find some good restaurants. Though the temple is an ASI protected area, the place is not maintained well as plastic water bottles, cigarette packets so on could be seen lying around and even inside some of the statues! 😦

My experience:

My colleague Sourath and myself decided on an impromptu trip to BNT on a cold Saturday morning (5 AM) and started to ride on his rented bike!  20 minutes into the journey the bike developed technical snag and we were forced to abandon it and do an Ola Outstation booking! (He had his own reasons to go for the trip no matter what!). By 7 AM, we reached the temple and the place had only a few localities by then. Though I was awe-struck by the architectural miracle and spending almost 3 hours there, the inability to click pictures peacefully was a dampener for me! I am definitely visiting the place again with an ASI permission letter so that I can photography in peace!

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Verdict:

You should definitely visit this place if you are someone interested in monuments of historical importance! Also, visit this place if you are planning a trip to Nandi Hills. There is no entry fee and it wouldn’t take more than 1 hour if you decide to do a quick tour of the entire place. The cold breeze, the sight of Nandi hills covered in clouds and scenic surroundings in the vicinity alone should prompt you to visit this beautiful place!

13 thoughts on “Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple: Time travel to the past!”

  1. Wow, I’ve visited Nandi Hills a hundred times, but never knew about the existence of this place. The temple looks so amazing and peaceful and you’ve done a wonderful job in describing its awesomeness. Thanks for the review. Will plan a trip soon !

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    1. Thanks! Yes, not even 1 % of travelers to Nandi Hills know the existence of this place! It’s a nice place to spend few hours!

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