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List of chola temples in Bangalore

List of Chola temples in Bangalore

List of Chola temples in Bangalore, Karnataka:

Chola Temples were built in Bangalore, Karnataka between the 10th to 13th centuries CE, after defeating the Western Gangas. The Stone inscriptions found in the Temples built by Cholas mention the names of the respective rulers of that time period when those temples were built, Chola dynasty one of the prominent Dynasties in Indian History, who were also one of the longest-ruling dynasties in world history.

According to their building year, a detailed list of Chola Temples in Bangalore, Karnataka with photos and videos in order.

  • The Chola King Rajaraja Chola I- circa 1004 CE, had captured the Bengaluru defeating The Western Gangas, from here for almost 300 years Bangalore was under the Cholas, they had built many temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu, and Dharma Raya. at present around 25 numbers of these temples still are in good shape and daily worship of the deity is carried on.
    The most popular fair in Bangalore is the annual “Bengaluru Karaga” which is carried out at the Sri Dharmaraya Swamy Temple, built by Cholas during their regime at Thigalarpet, this ritual started in circa 12th century, still attracts a large crowd.

1. Halasuru also called Ulsoor, Sri Someshwara Temple, Bengaluru:

Cholas had captured the present-day Southern part of Bangalore, and use to call Bangalore “Nikarila cholamandala” during the year circa 1024 CE. The areas now like Kadugodi, Nelamangala, Domlur, Hebbal, Huskur, Kengeri, Vasanthpura, Gangavara, Chowdappanahalli, and other areas in Bangalore still have some temples, and stone inscriptions were written mainly in the Tamil language showcases the dominance of Cholas in Bangalore then.

Few of the Chola temples still survive in Bengaluru details of those temples and stone inscriptions which is mainly in the Tamil Language,  mentions these Chola Emperor names, Rajendra Chola I (1012-1044 CE), Virarajendra Chola (1063–1070 CE), Athirajendra Chola (1070–1070 CE), Kulothunga Chola I (1070–1120 CE), Vikrama Chola (1118–1135 CE), Kulothunga Chola II (1133–1150 CE), Rajaraja Chola II (1146–1173 CE), Rajadhiraja Chola II (1166–1178 CE), Kulothunga Chola III (1178–1218 CE), Rajaraja Chola III (1216–1256 CE), Rajendra Chola III (1246–1279 CE). 

Below is the photo of the stone inscription taken at Sri Dharmeshwara Swamy temple, Ivara Kandapura, Hesaraghatta hobli, Bangalore.

tone inscription at Sri Dharmeshwara temple, built by Cholas
tone inscription at Sri Dharmeshwara temple, built by Cholas

Update on Covid-19, These temples are now open with Thermal scanning and Hand sanitizer, this is updated on 5-Jan-2021.

Below is the List of Chola Temples and Established years in Bangalore, Karnataka:

Sl. Temple Name Main Deity Bangalore Area  Year Chola Emperor Regime
1 Sri Someshwara Temple Lord Shiva Halasuru 10th century Rajendra Chola 1
2 Sri Prasanna Someshwara Temple Lord Shiva Kengeri 1050 CE
3 Dharmesvara Temple Sri Dharmaraya Kondrahalli 1065 CE Virarajendra Chola
4 Chennakeshava Temple Lord Vishnu Hosakote 1105 CE Kulothunga Chola I
5 Sri Dharmeshwara Temple Sri Dharmaraya Ivara Kandapura 1100 CE
6 Mukthi Natheshwara Temple Lord Shiva Binnamangala 1110 CE Kulothunga Chola I
7 Kashi Vishveshwara Swamy Temple Lord Shiva Nelamangala 11th century Kulothunga Chola I
8 Kashi Vishveshwara Swamy Temple Lord Shiva Kadugodi 11th century Kulothunga Chola I
9 Madduramma Temple Goddess Madduramma Huskur 11th century Kulothunga Chola I
10 Sri Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple Lord Vishnu Vasantha pura 1210 CE Rajendra Chola III
11 Chokkanathaswamy temple Lord Vishnu Domlur 1270 CE Rajendra Chola III
12 Ananda Lingeshwara Swamy temple Lord Shiva Hebbal 13th Century
13 Sri Someshwara Temple Lord Shiva Old Madiwala 1250 CE Rajendra Chola III
14 Sri Someshwara Temple Lord Shiva Hasigala 11th Century Kulothunga Chola I
15 Sri Dharmaraya Swamy Temple Sri Dharma Raya Thigalarpet 12th century
16 Sri Prasanna Someshwara Swamy Temple Lord Shiva Marathahalli 1290 CE Rajendra Chola IIII
17 Sri Parvathi Udanurai Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple Lord Shiva Agara 1240 CE Rajendra Chola III
18 Lord Shiva Temple Lord Shiva Gunjur 1250 CE Rajendra Chola III
19 Sri Kalikamba Kamateshwara Swamy Temple Lord Shiva Nagarathpete 12th Century Rajendra Chola III
20 Sri Someshwara Temple Lord Shiva Hulimavu 11th Century
21 Sri Someshwara Temple Lord Shiva Gangavara 1175 CE Kulothunga Chola I

Why Cholas built mainly Lord Shiva Temples,  The reason is. 

  • Cholas were followers of Shaivism also called “Shaivites”, which means, they were predominantly worshippers of Lord Sri Shiva as the supreme god, thus most of the Temples built by Cholas are Shiva temples by the name Someshwara, Vishwanatha, and Vishveshwara. One more interesting fact about the Cholas is that they have built many temples for Pandavas,  Bangalore houses Three of the temples were built for Sri Dharmaraya, namely Sri Dharmeshwara, Sri Dharmaraya, and Sri Dharmeshvara this kind of temple dedicated to Pandavas is quite unusual.
  • The main differences between Chola Temples of Bangalore, Karnataka, and Chola Temples of Tamilnadu are that The Chola Temples in Tamilnadu has a large built-up area, and with exquisitely carved, for example, Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, but in Bangalore temples built by the Cholas are in small size and not that much-decorated with carvings.
    Hebbal Ananda lingeshwara, a Chola temples in Bangalore Hebbal Ananda lingeshwara, a Chola temple in Bangalore
  • It took 5 days for us to visit all the Chola Temples in Bangalore. We have updated all the Temples with addresses,  photos, Videos, Opening hours, History. If you like to watch videos, here is our youtube link playlist of Chola temples in Bangalore

1. Halasuru Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple. 

Halasuru a locality of Bengaluru City is one of the ancient sites here, it is called Mandavya Maharshi Kshetra who did penance here, this temple dedicated to Lord Sri Someshwara (Lord Sri Shiva) is an ancient temple built by the Chola dynasty in the 10th Century, later it was further developed by the Vijayanagar Kings under the Hiriya Kempegowda.

Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple Halasuru
Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple, Halasuru, Bengaluru
Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple, Halasuru, Bengaluru

» Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple Halasuru.
» Location Address is Ulsoor Rd, Someshwarpura, Halasuru, Karnataka 560008.
» Contact / Phone Number is + 91 94496 63126.
» Distance from  Bangalore City Centre –
» Timings are 6:00 am to 12:30 afternoon and 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
» Established year ancient at least 3000 years old.
» Temple architecture is Vijaynagar style of architecture.
» Entry Fees is nil.

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2. Sri Prasanna Someshwara Temple, Kengeri:

Sri Prasanna Someshwara Swamy Temple 1050 CE, Kengeri Fort Area, Bengaluru, A Tamil language inscription dated 1050 CE, mentions that Chola King “Rajendra Chola”, had made donations to this temple, Kengeri during that time was fertile land since it was on the banks of the River Vrishabhavathi River (a tributary to the river Arkavathi).

Sri Someshwara Temple, Kengeri
Sri Prasanna Someshwara Swamy Temple 1050 CE, Kengeri Fort Area, Bengaluru,
Sri Prasanna Someshwara Swamy Temple 1050 CE, Kengeri Fort Area, Bengaluru,

» Sri Someshwara Temple, Kengeri.
» Location Address is Fort Kengeri, Kengeri Satellite Town, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560060.
» Contact / Phone Number is
» Distance from  Bangalore City Centre –
» Timings are 6:00 am to 12:30 afternoon and 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
» Established year in 12th Century.
» Temple architecture is Chola Style of architecture.
» Entry Fees is nil.

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3. Sri Dharmesvara Temple located in Kondrahalli, Hoskote, Bangalore Rural.

Sri Dharmesvara Temple, Kondrahalli, Hoskote

4. 11th and 12th Centuries Nallur tamarind grove and Sri Chennakeshava Temple.

11th Century Nallur tamarind grove, and Chennakeshava Temple, built during King Rajendra Chola in the year 1105 CE, among the thousands of Tamarind trees, only around 300 trees still survive today.

Nallur Tamarind Grove

5. Sri Dharmeshwara temple, Aigandapura, Bengaluru

Aigandapura also called Ivara Kandapura / Aivara kandapura flourished during the reign of Cholas, the Tamil language inscription dated 1130 CE at Sri Dharmeshwara Temple mentions Aigandapura as one of the prominent Agrahara at that period. ( Agrahara is a Kannada language word in English it means township).

Sri Dharmeshwara Temple, Ivara Kandapura

6. Mukthi Natheshwara temple, Binnamangala, Nelamangala taluk, Bangalore Rural District.

The Tamil language inscriptions in this temple dated to the year 1110 CE belongs to the Chola King  “Kulothunga Chola” period.

Mukthi Natheshwara Temple, Binnamangala
Mukthi Natheshwara Temple, Binnamangala
Mukthi Natheshwara Temple, Binnamangala

» Mukthi Natheshwara Temple, Binnamangala.
» Location Address is
» Contact / Phone Number is
» Distance from  Bangalore City Centre –
» Timings are 7:00 am to 1:00 pm and at 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
» Established year in the 1110 CE.
» Temple architecture is Chola Style of architecture.
» Entry Fees is nil.

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7. Kashi Vishveshwara Swamy Temple, Nelamangala, Bangalore Rural District:

Kashi Vishveshwara Swamy Temple is yet another Chola temple that dates back to the 11th Century CE. 

Kashi Vishveshwara Swamy Temple, Nelamangala

Sri Kashi Vishveshwara Swamy Temple, Chola Architecture Nelamangala

» Kashi Vishveshwara Swamy Temple, Nelamangala
» Location Address is
» Contact / Phone Number is
» Distance from  Bangalore City Centre –
» Timings are 7:00 am to 1:00 pm and at 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
» Established year in the 1110 CE.
» Temple architecture is Chola Style of architecture.
» Entry Fees is nil.

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8. Kashi Vishveshwara temple, Kadugodi.

Kashi Vishveshwara temple Chola temple Built during Circa 11th Century dedicated to Lord Shiva at Kadugodi in the middle of the forest then. Kaadu is a Kannada term for Forest, Gudi means shrine, so the name. 

Kashi Vishveshwara Swamy Temple, Kadugodi
Kashi Vishveshwara temple, Kadugodi, Bengaluru
Kashi Vishveshwara temple, Kadugodi, Bengaluru

» Kashi Vishveshwara Swamy Temple, Kadugodi.
» Location Address is Kadugodi, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560067.
» Contact / Phone Number is
» Distance from  Bangalore City Centre –
» Timings is are 7:00 am to 1:00 pm and at 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
» Established year in 12th Century.
» Temple architecture is Chola Style of architecture.
» Entry Fees is nil.

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9. Madduramma temple at Huskur, Bengaluru: 

Sri Madduramma Devi Temple, Gattihalli Road, Gulimangala, Huskuru, Anekal Taluk, Bangalore, though this temple was recently not renovated, still retains the old Charm, which was built during the Chola regime in the 11th Century CE. 

Madduramma Temple, Huskur

Madduramma temple at Huskur, Bangalore

» Madduramma Temple, Huskur
» Location Address is  123, Gattahalli Rd, Gulimangala, Huskuru, Bangalore, Karnataka 560099
» Contact / Phone Number is
» Distance from  Bangalore City Centre – via Marathahalli – Sarjapur road, 25.2 Km
» Timings is are 7:00 am to 1:00 pm and at 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
» Established year in 12th Century.
» Temple architecture is Chola Style of architecture.
» Entry Fees is nil.

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10. Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple, Vasanthpura, Bengaluru:
Location Bengaluru South Taluk, Uttarahalli-4 Hobli, Vasanthapura, Subramanyapura, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560061.

Vasantha Vallabharaya Swamy Temple
Sri Vasantha Vallabharaya temple, Vastu Shastra
Sri Vasantha Vallabharaya temple, Vastu Shastra

Vasantha Vallabharaya Temple also called Sri Vasantha Valli Nayaki Sametha Vallabharaya Swamy Devasthana,  is one of the ancient temples in Bengaluru  built by the Chola KIngs and the Sthala Purana (Meaning local legend), says, Rishi Mandavya built the shrine, and Bengaluru then was known by the name “Kalyanpuri.” This Purana belongs to the prehistoric period, 

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11. Chokkanathaswamy temple, Domlur, Bangalore. 

Sree Devi, Bhoodevi Sametha, Sree Chokkanatha Swamy Temple, Dedicated to Lord Sri Vishnu, renovated during the 20th century CE, was built during the Chola dynasty in 11th Century CE. There are several inscriptions in the temple in Tamil language, one inscription dated 1270 CE states that poysala Vira Ramananada made donations to this temple, remember ( Hoysalas also did rule this place, for some time Hoysalas called themselves Poysalas this is covered in chapter 4.1 below please continue reading ).
Another inscription the current Domlur is mentioned as Tombalur, ( remember an inscription in Vasanthpura also mention that area as Tombalur), the inscription also mentions the tributes, taxes, and donations made by Devaraya II of Vijayanagar Empire, mentions that the land around Tombalur (Domlur) were offered to the main deity Sokkapperumal (this is a Tamil word, similar to Chokkanatha in Kannada), yet another inscription of 1290 CE states about the donations from the Tombalur by Poysala Vira Ramananda.
At Sree Chokkanatha Swamy temple, One Kannada inscription mentions the date as per Hindu Panchanga as ” Swasthi Sri shakavarusha 1312 udari Samvatsara Bhadrapada, Samovar (Monday) which translates to 1440 CE Monday.  on this date the Veera Deva Raya Maharaya orders from his throne from Sonddekoppa ( a Village near Nelamangala) regarding the donations made to this temple.  Though renovated a few times, this Temple of Sree Chokkanatha holds some mind-blowing Astrophysics calculation of the Movement of the Sun along with the other 5 planets. 

Sri Chokkanatha Swamy Temple, Domlur
Sri Chokkanatha Swamy Temple, Domlur, Bangalore Urban
Sri Chokkanatha Swamy Temple, Domlur, Bangalore Urban

» Sri Chokkanatha Swamy Temple, Domlur, Bangalore Urban
» Location Address is
» Contact / Phone Number is
» Distance from  Bangalore City Centre –
» Timings are 6:00 am to 12:00 noon  and at 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm
» Established in the year 1220 CE.
» Temple architecture is Chola Style of architecture.
» Entry Fees is nil.

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12. Ananda Lingeshwara Swamy temple Hebbal, Bengaluru, Chola Temple:

Located on the small hilltop called Ananda Giri near Hebbal, built in the reign of Cholas in the 13th century. the Cave has the Sri Kalabhairaveshwara as a deity and the top Lord shiva as Ananda Lingeshwara.

Ananda Lingeshwara Swamy temple, Hebbal
Ananda Lingeshwara Swamy temple, Hebbal
Ananda Lingeshwara Swamy temple, Hebbal

» Ananda Lingeshwara Swamy temple, Hebbal.
» Location Address is Hebbal, Ayyappa Layout, Hebbal, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560032.
» Contact / Phone Number is +91 8792244528
» Distance from  Bangalore City Centre – 10.1 Km.
» Timings are 6:00 am to 12:00 noon  and at 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm
» Established in the year 1220 CE.
» Temple architecture is Chola Style of architecture.
» Entry Fees is nil.

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13. Sri Someshwara Temple, old Madiwala:

Sri Someshwara Swamy temple at old Madiwala (called Hale madiwala locally) has many Tamil inscriptions on the walls itself, the architecture of Chola’s is followed here. Even though this temple got renovated recently, it still retains the original walls and inscriptions intact. 

Sri Someshwara Temple, Old Madiwala
Sri Someshwara Temple, old Madiwala, Bengaluru
Sri Someshwara Temple, old Madiwala, Bengaluru

» Sri Someshwara Temple, Old Madiwala.
» Location Address is 101, V P Main Rd, Old Madiwala, Dollar Scheme Colony, 1st Stage, BTM Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560068.
» Contact / Phone Number is
» Distance from  Bangalore City Centre –
» Timings are 7:00 am to 11:30 am  and at 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
» Established year is in the 12th Century.
» Temple architecture is Chola Style of architecture.
» Entry Fees is nil.

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14. Sri Someshwara Temple, Hasigala, Bangalore 562114.

Sri Someshwara Temple, Hasigala
Sri Someshwara Temple, Hasigala
Sri Someshwara Temple, Hasigala

» Sri Someshwara Temple, Hasigala.
» Location Address is Hasigala village circle, Hasigala, Karnataka 562114, near National Highway 207.
» Contact / Phone Number is
» Distance from  Bangalore City Centre –
» Timings is 7:00 am to 11:00 am
» Established year in 13th century.
» Temple architecture is Chola Style of architecture.
» Entry Fees is nil.

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15. Sri Dharmaraya Swamy Temple, Thigalarpet, Nagarathpete, Bengaluru.
16. Sri Prasanna Someshwara Swamy Temple, Marathahalli Village.

Sri Prasanna Someshwara Swamy Temple, Marathahalli
Sri Prasanna Someshwara Swamy Temple Marathahalli
Sri Prasanna Someshwara Swamy Temple Marathahalli

» Sri Prasanna Someshwara Swamy Temple, Marathahalli.
» Location Address is Chowdeshwari Temple Rd, Marathahalli Village, Marathahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560037.
» Contact / Phone Number is
» Distance from  Bangalore City Centre –
» Timings are 6:00 am to 11:15 am  and at 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
» Established year in the 12th century CE.
» Temple architecture is Chola Style of architecture.
» Entry Fees is nil.

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17. Sri Parvathi Udanurai Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple, Agara, Bangalore.
Sri Parvathi Udanurai Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple, Agara
Sri Parvathi Udanurai Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple Agara
Sri Parvathi Udanurai Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple Agara

» Sri Parvathi Udanurai Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple, Agara.
» Location Address is Marathahalli – Sarjapur Rd, Jakkasandra Extension, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560102.
» Contact / Phone Number is
» Distance from  Bangalore City Centre –
» Timings are 6:00 am to 12:00 noon and at 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
» Established year in 11th Century CE.
» Temple architecture is Chola Style of architecture.
» Entry Fees is nil.

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18. Lord Shiva Temple Gunjur, Bangalore.

Lord Shiva Temple, Gunjur
Shiva Temple Gunjur
Shiva Temple Gunjur

» Lord Shiva Temple, Gunjur.
» Location Address is Gunjur Village Rd, Gunjur, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560087.
» Contact / Phone Number is
» Distance from  Bangalore City Centre –
» Timings are 6:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
» Established year in the 11th Century CE.
» Temple architecture is renovated contemporary style.
» Entry Fees is nil.

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19. Sri Kalikamba Kamateshwara Swamy Temple, Nagarathpete, Bengaluru.

Sri Kalikamba Kamateshwara Swamy Temple, Nagarathpete
Sri Kalikamba Kamateshwara Swamy Temple, Nagarathpete
Sri Kalikamba Kamateshwara Swamy Temple, Nagarathpete

» Sri Kalikamba Kamateshwara Swamy Temple, Nagarathpete.
» Location Address is 221, Dharmaraya Swamy Temple Rd, Kumbarpet, Ganigarpet, Nagarathpete, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560002.
» Contact / Phone Number is
» Distance from  Bangalore City Centre –
» Timings are 7:00 am to 1:30 pm and from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
» Established year in 16th Century CE.
» Temple architecture is Chola Style of architecture.
» Entry Fees is nil.

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20. Sri Someshwara Temple, Hulimavu, Bangalore.

Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple, Hulimavu
Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple Hulimavu
Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple Hulimavu

» Sri Someshwara Swamy Temple, Hulimavu.
» Location Address is
» Contact / Phone Number is
» Distance from  Bangalore City Centre –
» Timings is 6:00 am to 7:00 pm
» Established year in the 10th Century CE.
» Temple architecture is Chola Style of architecture.
» Entry Fees is nil.
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21. Sri Someshwara Temple, Gangavara, Devanahalli. Bangalore Rural.

Sri Someshwara Temple, Gangavara
Sri Prasanna Parvathi Sametha, Sri Someshwara Temple, Gangavara, Devanahalli Chola Architecture
Sri Prasanna Parvathi Sametha, Sri Someshwara Temple, Gangavara, Devanahalli Chola Architecture

» Sri Someshwara Temple, Gangavara.
» Location Address is Gangavara village Circle, Bengaluru Rural, Devanahalli, Karnataka 562129.
» Contact / Phone Number is +91 99453 53004.
» Distance from  Bangalore City Centre –
» Timings is 6:00 am to 7:00 pm
» Established year in the 10th Century CE.
» Temple architecture is Chola Style of architecture.
» Entry Fees is nil.

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People ask these Questions frequently about the Chola Temples in Bangalore.

Question 1. Why did The Cholas build mainly Lord Shiva Temples?
Ans. Cholas were followers of Shaivism also called “Shaivites”, which means, they were predominantly worshippers of Lord Sri Shiva as the supreme god, thus most of the Temples built by Cholas are Shiva temples by the name Someshwara, Vishwanatha, and Vishveshwara. One more interesting fact about the Cholas is that they have built many temples for Pandavas, Bangalore houses Three of the temples were built for Sri Dharmaraya, namely Sri Dharmeshwara, Sri Dharmaraya, and Sri Dharmeshvara this kind of temple dedicated to Pandavas is quite unusual.

Question 2. What is the main difference between the Chola temples in Bangalore and Chola Temples in Tamilnadu?
Ans. The main differences between Chola Temples of Bangalore, Karnataka, and Chola Temples of Tamilnadu are that The Chola Temples in Tamilnadu has a large built-up area, and with exquisitely carved, for example, Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, but in Bangalore temples built by the Cholas are in small size and not that much-decorated with carvings.

Question 3. What was the name of Bangalore during the Chola Regime?
Ans. The Cholas used to Call Bangalore by the name “Nikarila cholamandala”.

Question 4. How much time does it take to visit all the Chola Temples in Bangalore?”
Ans. It took nearly 4 days for me to visit all the 25 Chola temples in Bangalore.

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