On a divine plane

Home to one of the most exquisite examples of architecture in Mahabubnagar, Somasila is a photographer’s delight

By Author   |   Published: 4th Feb 2018   12:00 am Updated: 3rd Feb 2018   7:03 pm
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Detailed carvings on the walls and pillars of Someswara Swamy temple located in Somasila and Gangamma temple at the bank of river Krishna. — Photos: Saurabh Chatterjee

While Mahabubnagar has its own share of beautiful Shiva temples, if I had to pick the most impressive one, it would be Someswara Swamy temple. Located on the banks of the Krishna river, the temple is a very calm and quiet place. It is believed to have been built in the 7th century by the Kalyani Chalukya and comprises 15 temples.

After spending some time in the Kollapur Palace and the beautiful Madhava Swamy temple, we proceeded to Somasila. The drive is a wonderful one surrounded by hills and patches of forest areas.

Interestingly, the Someswara Swamy temple was shifted to a higher place to protect it from the water of the Srisailam dam and reservoir. You can see it in the marking of numbers on the temple which has been done very skillfully and retains its original glory. The temple was hardly crowded and very few local visitors were present when we visited. The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva.

The threshold of all the temples had elaborate carvings with beautiful designs on the pillars and walls. I was amazed to see the ceiling which had statues of various Gods and Goddess from Indian mythology carved on them. I was wondering how they had set it up originally. I kept my camera on the floor to get a really wide-angle shot.

Maha Shivaratri and Karthika Pournami are celebrated with much pomp and fervour here and attract a lot of pilgrims from all over the district. The Pushkaralu Snanam which takes place during the Krishna Pushkaram once in 12 years witnesses devotees thronging the area due to the belief that all sins are washed away when you take a dip during that period.

divine planeIt was quite windy when we went close to the ghats of the Krishna river. We sat there for some time to relax and enjoy the vistas. Soon it was time to leave for our next destination.

How to reach: Somasila is just 9 kms from Kollapur, 20 kms from Jatprole and 102 kms from Mahbubnagar. The best time of the year to visit is from September to March.

Tips: There are very limited options to stay here so your best option is The Haritha hotel.

Nearby places: Sri Ranganayaka Swamy Temple, Srirangapuram, Venugopala Swamy Temple and Shiva Group of temples, Jatprole and Kollapur Palace en route Somasila.

Caption: Colourful shrine: Someswara Swamy Temple located on the banks of krishna river in Somasila, Mahbubnagar distict, detailed carvin gs on the temple walls and pillars