A Temple of Mysterious Shadow

Be it architecture, art, unfolding mysteries, among other aspects, most of the ancient temples have their unique mark in one or the other aspect. One such temple with an unique feature is the Chaya Someshwara Temple/Trikootaalayam, often termed as the ‘Temple of Relentless Shadow (Chaaya)’. Built  by Chola kings of the Ikshwaku Dynasty, in around 11-12th century, the temple is so unique that the idol of main deity in garbhalaya, Lord Someswara, notably has a relentless shadow, falling on it standstill, on it all through the day. That shadow is often confused as the shadow of one of the four pillars situated outside ‘garbhalaya’, opposite to the idol. But, the stunning fact is ‘the shadow is not the reflection of any of the outside pillars, and is, in fact, considered as the reflection of all the four players combined. The light principle behind this temple has been a matter of mystery, despite many attempts to crack it.

The temple, located at a Panagal village of Nalgonda District, Telangana, India, 104 km away from to Hyderabad, Telangana, houses ‘Thrimurthies (Three gods)‘, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The temple is also famous for its architectural and art.


Author: Punyakshetram

Interested in covering pilgrimage-centric stories and interesting facts about various Hindu temples across the world.

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