Chikka Bangaru Tirupati Venkateshwara Temple
Bangaru Tirupati Venkateshwara Temple is a historically famous, well known pilgrimage center in Kolar, Karnataka. Bangaru Tirupati Venkateshwara Temple is also known as Chikka Tirupati Temple. The Venkateswara Temple in Bangaru Tirupati is situated at a distance of 29 kms from Kolar and about 99.5 kms from Bangalore.
Bangaru Tirupati has been modelled after the famous Venkateswara temple of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.
The temple of Lord Venkateswara and that of Goddess Padmavathi is built on a hillock that is about 40 meters high and below the hillock is the Garuda, Vishnu's vehicle. The unique feature of this temple is that piligrims can see the Idol of the god through a small window in the Sanctum. This sanctum was built centuries back and is said be during the time of Sage Brihaspati. The temple has a very impressive gopuram with a kalyani (water tank) near which a flight of steps leads us to the idol of Venkataramana, also called Srinivasa. This temple is also called as Lakshmi Venkateswara Swamy Temple.
The temple is known for the festival celebrated during the month of Shravan (July-August).
Adinarayanaswamy Temple is a cave temple located at the top of Yellodu hills in Kolar District.It is 12 Kms from Bagepalli. This temple enshrines a stone idol named Udbhavamurthy without any jewels or ornaments. Special pujas are performed on every Sundays and a car festival is celebrated on the third Sunday of Magha month, third lunar month, which usually falls in February-March.
The devotees have to climb 618 steps to reach the temple. The two steps near the temple are unusually tall and can be climbed only with the help of a hanging rope.
Someswara Temple is a fine example of Vijayanagara style, complete with a massive pillared mukha mandapa. Heavy Prakara walls, ornate Kalyana mantapa and a Devi Shrine, lofty gopura is known for fine stucco figures on the tower, while the door frame is carved in typical Vijayanagara style with dwarapalas etc.
The temple has large tank (Kalyani) also. There are Vijayanagara inscriptions on the wall of store room and the yagashala dated to 15th century A.D.
Difference Between Chikka Tirupathi And Bangaru Tirupathi: These destinations are one and the same. Chikka stands for 'small' and bangaru stands for 'dear' or 'gold'.
How to reach Chikka Tirupati Temple
Distance from Chikka Tirupathi to Ambur, Tamil Nadu is 144 km and travel time is around 2 h 8 min via Chennai - Bengaluru Hwy/Mumbai Highway and NH 46. Distance from Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, Chikka Tirupathi to Tin Factory is 31.7 km and travel time is around 1 h 4 min via NH648.