The pandemic requires taking highway journeys to locations of curiosity, not too removed from the town I reside in, Bengaluru, and the Avani temple complicated, 30 km forward of Kolar city, suits the invoice fantastically. Soaked in antiquity, because the guidebooks would say, the Ramalingeshwara temple complicated within the hamlet of Avani, is an efficient instance of Dravidian architectural fashion and dates again to the tenth century, when the Nolamba dynasty was in energy, with Avani as their capital.
The Nolambas had been devoted Shaivites, and three spectacular temple complexes constructed by them nonetheless stand. All three are devoted to Lord Shiva and are a show of pomp and glory of previous occasions. These are the Kalleshwara temple in Aralaguppe, the Bhoganandeeshwara temple in Nandi village and the Ramalingeshwara temple in Avani.
Which explains why the walled courtyard right here in Avani resembles the Bhoganandeeshwara temple complicated on the foot of the Nandi Hills. Inside the Avani compound, there are 4 shrines named for Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna.
There are separate temples to Vali and Sugriva, Parvathi the consort of Shiva, in addition to their son Ganesha, within the compound. The mouldings within the Ramalingeshwara temple have a hanging show of the kirtimukha, in addition to an exquisitely sculpture of Ganesha.
The Lakshmanalingeshwara temple homes the biggest linga within the complicated, in addition to a small Nandi, and carved on the ceiling is an arresting frieze of Uma-Mahesvara. The pillars within the corridor right here, in addition to within the Shatrugneshwara (believed to be the oldest) and the Bharatalingeshwara shrine, have carvings which have withstood the depredations of time.
Avani, presumably having been a seat of studying, was often known as the Gaya of the south. This is the place Maharishi Valmiki had his ashram. This is the place Sita retreated to, after her trial by fireplace; the place Luv and Kush had been born, therefore the title of the adjoining hill, which is also referred to as the Luva-Kusha betta, the Sita betta, the Avani betta. Atop the betta (hill) stands a temple devoted to each Sita and Parvati. This
can also be the place the place the Ashwamedha Yagna confrontation and the following battle between Ram and his brothers in opposition to his sons befell.
Somewhat distance away lies a big waterbody the place herons and egrets stand within the shallows. We discover a hero stone within the grassy knoll within the neighborhood, and paradoxically sufficient, a buffalo grazing close to a stone Nandi. Avani is however a brief distance away from the fabled Kolar Gold Fields, however from the regular procession of automobiles that make its technique to the Ramalingeshwara temples, it’s clear the place the actual goldmine lies, for the trustworthy.