The Rameshvara temple (also spelt Rameshwara or Ramesvara) is located in the town of Narasamangala of Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka state, India. The temple was constructed in the 9th century, during the rule of the Western Ganga Dynasty of Talakad. The temple plan is simple, yet it has a unique superstructure (tower orshikara) that is made of brick and stucco. Thevimana (shrine with tower) is eleven meters tall and stands on a platform of moldings (called adhishthana) that is two meters high. It has a sanctum (garbhagriha), a narrow closed hall (ardhamantapa or just inner mantapa), a large closed hall (mahamantapa). The architecture is fundamentally Dravidian in style. Some of the remarkable sculptures in the temple include that of Nataraj (a form of the Hindu God Shiva), saptamatrikas (the seven Hindu Goddesses) and the Ganga king seated in state with his queen by his side. The temple received patronage from the later day Hoysala empire kings as well. This is attested to by the two Kannada language inscriptions tablets (1291-1343 A.D.) on the site that describes grants made by King Veera Ballala III to the local deity Ramanathadeva of Narasamangala.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.