Begur is actually a small village which has turned into a small town in itself as DLF apartments and other constructions are booming at rocket speed. The area boasts of an old church, ruins of a fort , Begur Lake and 1100 years old the NaagNatheshwara Temple on it's soil !
The NaagNatheshwara temple is a calm and beautiful place with the Begur lake as its background .It is the temple of Lord Shiva and has five lingams pratishthit in it .As I'm not fluent in reading kannada script, the three names I was able to decipher are- Vighneshwara, Naag Natheshwara , Choudeshawara and The Shiva-Shakti lingam .
|The two domes of the Temple|
|Etchings on stones|
Being a Shive Temple it has a blooming Bilva tree also.
The temple in itself is beautiful made up of huge and heavy slabs of black stone which the priest told as to be granite though with years and years of offering oil and fumes it has attained an uneven oily rocky look and has gained that old world charm and mystique which is so hard to find in the spotless white marble temples of modern age.
|Bilva Tree in the Temple compound|
|The Nandi bull|
|The new gate|
|Well in the temple compound|
Inside the temple the lingams are separately put and five separate small low-roofed rooms are there to reach there. After entering these rooms another smaller and narrower room is there in which entry is forbidden. these passage like room has a cage like door on the other side.This door finally opens into the sanctum scrotum of the temple as the huge shiva-lingam is placed there inside it.Behind and above the lingam, on the back wall, an oil deepam has been lit. The deepak is situated in the centre of a round mirrored object thus reflecting the flame and illuminating the lingam .
The outside of the temple is charming with a well and a small garden full of shrubs .A new temple gate sort of construction is also going on complete with white and grey elephants and mush intricate patterns on the towers. The old temple has patterns of ganas and yakshinis etc on its walls , roof and even steps! The annual Ratha Yatra is held in the month of April on a grand scale for which the temple has scores of statues of horses , wood chariots and a dashmukhi Ravan!
|Beautifully etched doors|
Majestic bus stand or Shivajinagar as the bus route no.342, 343 starts from the bus stand itself and will drop you right on the gates of the temple!
If coming by own vehicle then from silkboard go straight on hosur road till bommanahalli junction. Turn inside the Begur road and keep on going straight for about 4km. You will cross three petrol bunks , Chowdeshwari Temple on the way and near the Govt. Hospital you have to turn right (coming from bommanahalli) and will find yourself at the temple gates!
So pay a visit to Devon ke Dev Mahadev - Lord Shiva.
P.S. Plz ignore my bad layout of pics and text .
|Horse statue for Ratha Yatra|