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Kaataan wrote a review Jan 2021
Bangalore201 contributions244 helpful votes
Nestled in the mountains, one has to wind through mountainous roads among various mining trucks to get to this place. Once there, one forgets the troubles one went through to get here and come back rejuvenated. This is a very ancient shrine of Subrahmaṇya who is consecrated here as a bachelor. Hence, women of menstruating age do not enter the Subrahmaṇya shrine. Local women and the royal family women do not enter the Subrahmaṇya shrine. The reasoning is that Brahmachāryās, or students, are not allowed to interact with women as their focus is only studies. Similarly, Brahmachāriṇi (or girl student) is not allowed to interact with boys. However, the Pārvathi shrine next to it is as divine and honouring as the Subrahmaṇya shrine. Therefore, if you are visiting here, please respect local customs. When you go, please take your offerings from the city of Sandur as there are no shops there. Take some extra bananas for the cows there. There is one especially affectionate black one who showers one with love. Unfortunately, we did not know about this and we ended up not taking anything in hand. Don't miss the very interesting sculptures of this Chalukya/Kadamba period temple. The Mahishasura Mardini sculpture behind the Pārvathi shrine is especially unique. …
Date of experience: January 2021
RoamingBrahmin wrote a review Dec 2020
Kandy, Sri Lanka10 contributions6 helpful votes
Very interesting and lovely couple of ancient temples tucked away in the Sandur hills. Well worth visiting if you anyway are in Sandur! The priests and temple administrator Shivaji Bhat are very helpful and friendly. The place offers serenity and spirituality and you feel refreshed after having spent some time there. The only negative thing is the rumbling thunder of iron ore mining dumpers nearby, one gets the feeling that we are ravishing Mother Earth ruthlessly - perhaps this is the price of "development". …
Date of experience: December 2020
Prema_C wrote a review Mar 2020
Mumbai, India806 contributions191 helpful votes
We hadn’t heard of this temple before and had no plan to visit but the hotel we stayed in strongly recommended so we visited. It is a place of worship and well maintained it was. Murugan is our family deity so happy to be able to visit.
Date of experience: January 2020
ddb2426 wrote a review Mar 2019
Mumbai, India45 contributions17 helpful votes
Try a late afternoon ( around 5) visit, usually it is empty and very peaceful. The road to the temple is also very pretty.
Date of experience: March 2019
Shashank Sawant wrote a review Dec 2018
Mumbai, India22 contributions2 helpful votes
12kms behind Sandur town, into the hills, where the silence is punctuated by birds and mining explosions, this temple is a place of great intrigue. The roads are good and the temple is well maintained.
Date of experience: December 2018