Sunday, November 22, 2009

A morning in Ulsoor Someshwara Temple, Bangalore

I always prefer to visit the temples in the morning. Someshwara Temple in Ulsoor, Bangalore is one of the temples I visit as and when possible. It is not close to my house, but still I like to visit this ancient temple whenever possible. I had already planned something else for the day, but when my daughter wanted to visit this temple, I kept away all my other engagements and decided to accompany her.

Someshwara Temple was built in Chola dynasty and is a splendid architecture of southern India.

As you enter inside you can see the flower vendors ready with various types of flowers and bhelva leaves, (Lord Shiva's favorite), and Basil leaves. After purchasing the pooja flowers and leaving your footsteps outside in the footstep stand for a token, you can enter inside through the huge rajagopuram.

Just before we reached there, a wedding ceremony was conducted in the temple, and the scattered rice grains and the newly wedded couple pausing for photos were our evidence. The bride was feeling shy, appeared to be a traditional bharatheeya madhumakalu, and covering her face with one hand, yet peeping through the left out space watching what is going on, to escape from the teasing friends.

A man sitting at the temple platform issues the tickets for archana and other pujas, and people enter inside with their tickets, after touching and taking the blessings of the huge idol of Nandi in front of it.

Once their prayer is over they come out with the prasadams and do the pradhakshina. Most of the devotees sit for a while. We too sat there enjoying around.

On Mahashivaratri Festival day, the crowd will be too much to get a glimpse of darshan.


piyush23 said...

Really beautiful place and truly like temples. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience with us.
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sahashranshu shehar said...

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