The Three temple complexes of Lord Shiva in Avani were built by the Shaivites – The Nolamba Dynasty made the town their capital. These are the Kalleshwara temple in Aralaguppe, The Bhoganandeeshwara temple in Nandi village and The Ramalingeshwara temple in Avani.20 Km from Kolar town.

The Ramalingeswara temple holds exquisite Dravidian architecture and historical significance dates to the 10th century AD.

This exquisite town is also called the Gaya of South-India. Inside the Avani temple compound, there are four shrines named for Ram, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna while the idols of The Divine Mother Parvati, Vali and Sugriva were enshrined separately..The sculptures at the Ramalingeswara temple resemble the Kirtimukha and a unique sculpture of Lord Ganesha.

The Lakshmanalingeswara has the largest Lingam with a small Nandi among the temple complex. The carvings in the Bharatalingeswara stood untouchable by invaders. The temple holds promising knowledge and a library of culture.

-Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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