18 July 2015
Kolar was ruled by Gangas in 3rd century AD who were succeeded by Cholas followed by Hoysalas and Vijayanagara rulers. Today, two old Temples stand as a testimony to those kingdoms. One of them is Kolaramma Temple situated at the outskirts of the town.
The Temple has two shrines in Dravidian architecture. Both share a common pillared Mantapa. The mahadwara (main door) has several nice carvings.
Inside the temple are the images of Saptamatrikas and Kolaramma, in the form of Mahishasuramardhini with eight hands and a demon under the feet.
It is interesting that the temple does not have a super structure.
Apart from the carvings at the door, the temple is quite simple in structure. There are inscriptions of Rajendra Chola.
I could not get information on the exact period of construction. Considering the Gangas style, it must be one of the oldest temples in Karnataka.