The original temple, recognized as one of the oldest temples of Karnataka, dates back to the 9th century A.D. and was afterward renovated consecutively as in the Dravidian style of construction. It is located at a distance of 54 km from Bangalore and at the bottom of Nandi Hills. The temple was initially constructed during the 9th century AD by Bana Queen Ratnavali, in the Dravidian style of construction. The main temple was renovated repeatedly throughout the consecutive five dynasties under Chola, Hoysala, Pallava and Vijayanagara kings. This big temple houses three temples within the temple complex, viz., Arunachaleswara, Uma Maheshwara and Bhoga Nandeeshwara (Bhoganandishwara). The other portion of the temple houses a large indoor water pond, called Sringeri Teertha and has rock cut steps on which many lamps are lit by the side of the tank on certain festive days like Deepavali. This pond is believed to be a source of Pinakini River. Inside the temple, certain stone carvings are also depicted. Bhoganandishwara Temple History Inscriptions of the Nolamba ruler Nolambadiraja and the Rashtrakuta king Govinda III (A.D. 806) and copper plates of the Bana ruler, Jayateja and Dattiya (A.D. 810) refer to the construction and grants to the Siva temple at Nandi. Nandi formed part of the Bana-Nolamba territory during fourth to tenth centuries A.D. Epigraphs indicate that it was under the rule of chola followed by Hoysala and Vijayanagara. Many who visit Nandi Hills near Bangalore, give it a miss mainly due to non awareness. But if you are planning a trip to Nandi Hills soon, Please don't miss this place. This temple is situated at the base of the hill before you start for the summit.
Near by places: Visvesvaraya Birth Place, Skandagiri, Chennagiri Hill
Parking: Outside the temple
Can be Done: Pot luck Kind of thing, Picnic for few family