Old Madiwala Someshwara Temple, Bangalore

Old Madiwala Sri Someshwara Temple located in Bangalore city (also Bengaluru), Karnataka, India is dedicated to the deity Someshwara (the Hindu god Shiva). It is one among the oldest temples in the city and dates back to the Chola Empire period.[1] The temple belongs to the early 12th century.(1247 AD).

Old Madiwala Someshwara Temple, Bangalore
DeityLord Someshwara

The temple houses a "Swayambu" Shiva lingam in it Sanctum Sanctorum (Shiva lingam formed by natural Rock Formation). But unlike other ancient temples in Bangalore, this temple is in good shape and cared well by people around. This shows the real strength people have in protecting our heritage without outside help. It is very powerful and Ancient temple.

Inscriptions in TamilEdit

The Someshware temple at Madivala is one of Bangalore's oldest, dating back to the Chola period. There are a number of Tamil and Grantha inscriptions on the outer walls of the temple. The oldest of these inscriptions dates to 1247 AD talks about a land grants "below the big tank of Vengalur" by a Veppur (modern Begur) resident. Other inscriptions also talk about other land grants including those done during the reigns of Ballala III and Rajendra Chola. Another instrciption dated 1365 talks about land grand at Tamaraikkirai (which translates to 'lotus pond bank' in Tamil, and according to HS Gopala Rao, Secretary of the Karnataka Itihasa Academy refers to the present day Tavarekere suburb.[2][3]

Vengalur (present day 'Veppur' (Begur))Edit

Begur is referred Veppur in the inscription. Some of the Tamil words starting with a 'va' are pronounced in Kannada as 'ba'[2][3][5]

Tamaraikkirai (present day Taverekere)Edit

From inscriptions(1365 AD), it is known that Taverekere was once called Tamaraikkirai.Tamaraikkirai meaning 'the banks of the lotus pond' in Tamil language[6]

Special daysEdit

Maha Shivratri : Celebrated every year on Month of February in the Krishna Paksha (waning moon) of the month of Maagha (as per Shalivahana) or Phalguna (as per Vikrama) in the Hindu Calendar (that is, the night before and day of the new moon).

Pradosham : Occurs once in every 15 days and considered most auspicious by Shaivites, it occurs almost 2 days before either Amavasya (black moonday) or Pournima (full moon day).



  1. ^ "Chola Dynasty Temple". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b Iyer, Meera (20 July 2009). "Ancient temple; bustling junction". Deccan Herald. No. Bangalore. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b Srikumar, S (12 March 2014). Kolar Gold Field: (Unfolding the Untold) (International ed.). Partridge Publishing. p. 57. ISBN 978-1482815078. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  4. ^ Rice, Benjamin Lewis (1894). Epigraphia Carnatica: Volume IX: Inscriptions in the Bangalore District. Mysore State, British India: Mysore Department of Archaeology. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  5. ^ a b "A Temple, God's Home, Is Even More Than That". HINDUISM TODAY. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "Ancient temple; bustling junction". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014.