Domlur Chokkanathaswamy temple

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Chokkanathaswamy temple, at Domlur in the Indian city of Bangalore, is dedicated to the deity known as Chokkanathaswamy or Chokka Perumal (the Hindu god Vishnu). It is the oldest temple in the city, dating to the Chola period of the 10th century AD.[1]

History[edit]

Stone sculpture in Chokkanathaswamy temple

Thi Chola-period Chokkanathaswamy temple is considered as the oldest temple in Bangalore.[2] There are several notable sculptures and decorative features in the complex and the temple faces west.[3] One Tamil inscription dated 1270 A.D. on a door frame states that the doors were donated by one Alagiyar and another inscription says of donation by one Talaikattu and one more inscription in Kannada dated 1290 A.D. states that Poysala Vira Ramanada made donations to the temple.[2] Vijayanagara style Navaranga and pillars are later editions.

Present[edit]

The temple is extensively renovated several times and only sanctum sanctorium and aadharmantap exhibit antiquity.[2] The images of Vishnu, Sridevi and Bhudevi established in Garbhagraha are carved out of Shaligrama stone brought from Gandaki river, in Nepal.[2]

Tamil inscription, 10th century Chola temple, Domlur, Banglore


References[edit]

  1. ^ "whatisindia". 
  2. ^ a b c d "History Of the Temple". 
  3. ^ "India9".