The Ramalingeshwara temple situated in Avani town of the Kolar district, Karnataka state, India. In this temple Lord Ram is prayed in the form of Lord Shiva – hence the name Ramalinga. The temple is an architectural wonder. According to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the temple is an ornate 10th-century Nolamba dynasty construction which was partially renovated later by the Chola dynasty. The temple is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India as a monument of national importance.
Avani was the abode of the Hindu saint Valmiki (author of the epic Ramayana) and that the Hindu god Rama visited Avani during his return to Ayodhya from Sri Lanka. According to the legend, Rama's sons Lava and Kusha were born here on an existing hill (called "Lava-Kusha betta" in native Kannada) a short distance from the temple complex.
There are numerous Shiva linga around the temple and on the Lav Kush hill which may remind you of Kotilingeshwara temple.
The temple complex comprises four major shrines, one each for Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna. There are other minor shrines, such as those for Vali and Sugriva. The Ramalingeshwara temple (or "Rameshvara") consists of a sanctum (garbhagriha), a vestibule (antarala) and a hall (navaranga) with decorative pillars. The base (adhishthana) of the temple includes moldings articulated with Kirtimukha and lions in alleviation. The outer walls have pilasters surmounted by dravida towers (shikhara)
In one of the chambers you will find the idol of Sita devi in the form of Goddes Durga. In the same chamber you will find 3 idols of Nandi. Behind the Nandi idol, there are statues of three Chola kings who built this temple.
Nearby Places to Visit:
· Sri Kotilingeshwara Temple
· Kolaramma Temple
· Sri Lakshmi Venkateshwara Swamy Temple
· Seeta Maata Temple
· Kashi Vishwanatha Temple
City : Avani
Dist. : Kolar District
State : Karnataka
Country : India
How to Reach:
The nearest airport is at Bangalore.
There is no railway station near to Avani in less than 10 km. are the Rail way stations reachable from nearby towns. However Bangarapet Rail Way Station is major railway station 20 KM near to Avani
Punganur are the nearby by towns to Avani having road connectivity to Avani.
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