Travel : Someswara Temple (Mandavya Pratishtha): Ulsoor, Bangalore

Get down at Ulsoor Police Station Bus Stop.
(There are buses from Sivajinagar, KR Market and Majestic too). 
Once there, ask anyone how to get to Someswara Temple.. it is less than 5 min away by walk.

This temple prakaras are at least several centuries old. The pratishtha dates from Mandavya Maharshi and Sri Rama.

One is not permitted to take pictures of the main deities, but they said its okay to take pictures around. It is a rather wonderful place., even better in the rains, and many thanks to Lakshmi Prasanna for making it easy for me to visit. I recommend you carry some mosquito repellent otherwise you may be more absorbed in your feet than in the Devi Kamakshamba’s feet!

This temple is connected to Mandvaya Maharshi. I was told by Naveen, a boy priest that the pratishtha of Someswara was by mandavya mahrashi. He learnt this from his father who was a priest there. This article says that this is the oldest temple in Mandvaya Kshetra and that a Kalyani has been excavated here.. inadvertently by the dig-happy BBMP!  (I always wonder why the Archaeological Society never finds the Bangalore places!)

The Hindu gives the more Information About the Temple :  A few notes below :

  1.  Sage Mandavya worshipped the presiding deity of Ulsoor.  Mandavya went into samadhi while in meditation in the sacred precincts of the shrine.  A band of robbers chose that vicinity to hide the gold ornaments stolen from the palace nearby. The palace guards thought that he was the leader of the bandits. He was in a mounavratam and did not speak to defend himself as he was made to sit on spears. Afterwards he complained to Yama Dharmaraja who told him that the sage had once pricked small insects with needles as a child and hence the punishment. On Mandavya’s appeal, Yama changed the rule and said that sins committed by children should not be punishable.”
  2. Sri Rama  visited the sage’s ashram during His sojourn in the south. I knew Rama walked through Bangalore.
  3. Ulsoor shrine has connection with the hallowed city of Kanchipuram. “According to one version, Rana Bhaire Gowda, a powerful chieftain of Alur near Kanchi was living with his daughter Kempamma, a paragon of beauty. Both decided to flee the place to Karnataka for fear of trouble from Selva, a scion of the Pallegar family who was in love with Kempamma. At the time of their escape, river Palar was in spate. The river receded on brave Kempamma’ s prayerful appeal to Goddess Kamakshi and Bhairava and they reached Avathi near Bangalore in their bullock cart safely. The romantic Pallegar withdrew in disappointment as he could not cross the river that was in floods again, when he attempted to chase his beloved. In due course of time, Jayappa Gowda, son of Rana Bhaire Gowda, established his power under the patronage of the Vijayanagar rulers.”
  4. Once, when Jayappa Gowda went hunting in the deep woods of Ulsoor, a devotee appearing in his dream directed the ruler to dig out a linga from the ground where he was sleeping. Digging the earth, he found a linga and built a garbhagriha.
  5. The Cholas built the temple.
  6. The locals strongly aver that Kempe Gowda reconstructed the entire structure with prakara, navaranga mukha mantapa, Hazara and Kamakshi mantapa. A dwara gopura was built in 1605.
  7. It is known as panchalinga kshetra. The presiding deity is in the form of a four-feet linga. There is a separate shrine for His consort, Kamakshi, on the northern side with a Sri Chakra installed in front of the Devi.
  8. The temple chariot with exquisite mythological carvings is an architectural delight. Regular pujas are conducted by hereditary priests — Dikshitars from Kanchipuram. The temple is located at about 300 metres from the Ulsoor police station.
Mandavya Pratishtha Temples : 

This article tells us that there is a Mandavya Vigraha in a temple close to the Someswara Temple :  A few notes : 

  1. ” A sculpture of Mandavya in this mantap and a similar sculpture in the Muruga temple are ample proof that the mantap and the Subrahmanya shrine were constructed at the same time. It is believed that this temple is older than the adjacent Sri Someswara temple known as Panchalinga Kshetra.”
  2. “Sage Mandavya was divinely commanded to resurrect an idol of Lord Muruga flanked by Valli and Deivanai (in the celestial wedding form He assumed after killing Soorapadman) as seen in Tiruttani from under the seat of his meditation where he was in a state of deep sleep.”
  3. “Sri Valli Devasena sametha Sri Subrahmanya Swami shrine, located on the old Madras highway in Ulsoor (Bangalore), is a replica of the Lord as Thanikaimalaikkolan in Tiruttani. Thanikachalapuranam records the instance of Vasuki’s prayer answered at Tiruttani where the deity created a Nagasunai whose waters cured the serpent of the skin rashes it developed during the churning of the ocean.”

Vasantha Vallabharaya Swamy Temple, Bangalore : “Sage Mandavya Rishi installed the idol. The sage who was missing from his ashram situated on the banks of the Ganges was found meditating in a cave in Vasanthpura by his disciples.” The temple prakaras were constructed by the Cholas.

Sri Swayambhu LakshmiVenkateswaraSwamyTemple, Gudeballore (V), Maganoor (M) : “Lord Venkateshwara Swamy along with Lakshmi Devi came to this hill to fulfill the desire of Mandavya Maharshi. Long back this area was called as Gundilaranya. Once Mandvya Maharshi was going to Tirupathi to Participate in Brahmotsavas, when he reached the Krishna River.  It was flowing fully and he received a message from God to stop at Gundilaranya. After Tapas for 8 Months, he got the mercy of Venkateshwara, and during the period of Tapas, the gollas – cowherds gave him milk. All types of Pujas are done by Gollas here.”

Mandya is a city and district in the state of Karnataka in India. The name comes from Mandavya Maharshi

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