Kolaramma Temple
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Kolaramma is the presiding deity of the town of Kolar and the Kolaramma temple is thousand years old, built by the Cholas in the South Indian style where Goddess Parvathi is worshipped. Another deity of this temple is Chelamma or the scorpion goddess. People believe that by praying at the Chelamma shrine a person will be guarded from scorpion bites by the deity. Another interesting thing about the temple is the Hundi(in Kannada) or the well which is used to collect money offerings from the people, and it is a tradition to at least put one coin into the small opening on the floor of the temple, which apparently is a large hole dug into the earth, one can still hear the clicking sounds of coins accumulated over hundreds of years.

The temple is built in Dravida Vimana Style and dates back to the Ganga period. The temple has several Chola renovations and additions were made by them in the 11th century, followed by Vijayanagara rule in the 15th century. The temple is L-shaped housing two shrines, one for Durga who is known as Kolaramma and another for Saptamatras. The main temple faces the east while the larger shrine faces the north. But both of them share a common vestibule. Though the temple resembles a mantapa, there are nearly 30 inscriptions in both Tamil and Kannada found in the temple complex.

The temple has some tantric rituals depicted and a unique depiction of the tantric goddess carrying a bow. The plastic art is another architectural feature at this temple. A slab with a battle scene depicted on it is now found on the front platform of the entrance to the temple. The heroic stone ‘Viragal’ which is around four and a half feet tall belonging to the Ganga period is covered with relief work of horses, soldiers, elephants, celestial cars and celestial nymphs.

Photography: [Hariharan Arunachalam: #1, #2]

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