The Tarakeshwara temple in the town of Hangal is a marvel of architectural splendor which has to be seen to be believed. The temple belongs to the 12th century and has been built in the Chalukya tradition, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Tarakeshwara temple has beautifully decorated pillars that are typical of the Chalukyas and also has influences of Dravidian and Nagara styles, making for unique structures. The Kalyani Chalukyas built many temples and added to the significance of Hangal. Its domed ceiling is famous and is quite large when compared to other temples of this period. Built in the 12th century by the Chalukya kings and dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple boasts of some unique features which are evident only when one enters the temple premises. There are scenes from the Ramayana depicted on the outer walls of the temple. There are many detailed carvings and sculptures in the temple. The pillars standing tall in typical Chalukya fashion are also intricately carved. However after the fall of the Chalukyas, the Hoysalas have added their own tradition to other structures around this area.
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.