It was just another ordinary Sunday a few weeks ago when we decided to attend a family function. It was an easy 90mins drive from Bengaluru to Yediyuru and another 30 mins drive on the countryside roads to a small village called Sampige.
After attending the function we were driving back home and stopped at a couple of scenic locations to click pictures.
Incidentally, I asked my husband to slow down the car so that I could click a rock structure which I had seen at a distance. To my surprise, he actually parked the car at a clearing. We started walking towards that structure and we found a flight of stairs which led us to a beautiful temple.
Presenting to you Prasanna Someshwara temple at Magadi. This is located at around 40kms from Bengaluru.
So as we climbed the stairs, the first thing we noticed onto our right were two old trees with stone deities in between. Something about it was very positive.
As we walked passed this we saw the entrance to the temple. It was a very welcoming sight to see the fresh flowers and beautiful rangolis (Indian form of art generally done at the entrance of houses and temples).
Walking farther inside we realized this temple was maintained by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). So basically temples maintained by ASI will always have a beautiful lawn around them.
Until now we were not even sure which temple we had entered as we had not seen any signage outside.
We heard the bells ringing inside the sanctum sanctorum and headed that way to seek the blessing of the almighty.
Other than us there were two more devotees and the temple priest in the entire vicinity.
The curious traveler in me was wide awake and started enquiring the priest about the history and the significance of the temple.
Apparently the temple was built in the 16th century by Kempegowda, who is the founder of Bengaluru.
The legend goes that, When Kempegowda’s mother was in her old age, she wanted to visit the holy city of Kashi in north India. Since she was old and not fit to travel, he built this temple for her to pray for Lord Shiva.
This temple also hosts India’s first Sathayanarayana Swamy idol carved in black stone.
We were also told that it’s very rare that we find Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva’s idols within the same temple premises.
As we took a stroll inside the temple we found a hall full of stone pillars. There was a board which caught our attention. Message on the board read, hit the stone pillar with a coin and notice the sound.
Guess what did it sound like? Stone pillar sounded like it was made out of metal. Strange but true. You should try this when you go there.
This hall was also used by Kempegowda to conduct administrative meeting.
As we walked further we saw a group of trees which looked very old. Oh ya, we were right in guessing them to be old. A board next to them said they were 500 years old.
After spending some quality time, we stepped out to take leave. At the main entrance now sat an old lady begging. She was not there when we entered.
She did not appear like a typical begger you find at traffic signals at our city.
We gave her some money and started a conversation with her. I believe if you want to know more about any place to interact with the locals.
She started telling us her story, how she has lived all her life in this small village (which is no longer a village). How her husband and son died years ago. How she spends her days now just by cleaning and decorating the entrance of the temple. Remember the flowers and rangoli? She is the one who had done that.
I asked her permission to take a picture of her’s and she said “I wonder what you people do with my photo. Most of the temple visitors click my picture”
After a lengthy conversation when we were just about to head towards our car, we remembered that we did not see the stone structure which we had noticed while we were driving.
Old lady to the rescue. She guided us on how to go there. That structure is called Nandi Mantapa. It used to be a watchtower with Nandi idol inside it.
It apparently has a secret underground tunnel which connects Savanadurga hills and Shivagange hills.
We had to walk for about 5 mins through the fields to reach here and the view was amazing from the top.
We finally headed back to our car with a smile on our faces, the joy of exploring something new. Our excitement did not end there.
The universe was too kind to us that day. We saw a beautiful rainbow. The picture might not be doing justice to what we actually saw.
And it was no longer an ordinary Sunday anymore…
Finally, we were back to reality when we entered this.
Have you ever been in a similar situation before? Where you wished your Sunday should never end? Do let me know your story in the comment box below.