Chaya Someswara Temple, Nalgonda

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Chaya Someswara Temple, also known as Chaya Someshvara Swamy Alayam, is a Saivite Hindu temple located in Panagal, Nalgonda district of Telangana, India. The temple has three sanctum sanctorum, a form of temple architecture that is called Trikutalayam (three-shrine complex). These are dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The three shrines share a common hall (mandapam) with intricately carved pillars. These carvings depicts scenes from the Mahabharata, Ramayana and Puranas. The temple has stepped pyramidal sikharas and was probably built in the 11th and 12th centuries CE during the rule of Kunduru Chodas and Prataparudra I of Kakatiya Empire over the Panagal region. The temple is a popular pilgrimage site during Maha Sivaratri.

The temple is in close proximity to Pachala Someswara temple, another Saivite shrine in Panagal. The pillars in the Ardhamandapa and open spaces near the central Shiva shrine were designed and placed by the temple architect in such a way as to cast a unified shadow (Chaya in Telugu) constantly on the lingam all through the day, irrespective of the position of the sun. This gave its name to the temple - Chaya Someswara Swamy temple.
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  • Chaya Someshwaralayam is one of the famous temple in Nalgonda District and is famous for its mystery of Chaya. This temple is located in Panagal Village which is 4 km away from the Nalgonda town and....  more »
  • This temple is in a village called panagal which is near to nalgonda in telangana.This temple is an architecture wonder where we can see a shadow from sunrise to sunset behind the Shiva linga.Lot of.....  more »
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  • Amazing place. Not huge. But full of history and miraculous facts. Has a shadow of the pillar inside the temple which has no source and cannot be explained by science. See in the pic attached by me..
  • Not commercialized or very known, this temple is strikingly peaceful. Even though our trip was in the middle of the afternoon, it was pleasantly cool inside. The walls and the stones gave a soothing feel. The temple timings are from 6 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 8 pm on all days, it is open throughout the day, although you might not find any priests throughout the day. Visitors can even sit inside the temple for meditation, it is equally good to sit for a few peaceful moments and hear the birds chirping outside. The fields next to the temple and the vast space outside it make it even more calming.
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