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Malleswaram boasts of many temples, but none is so shrouded in controversy and mystery as this one is. The ancient nandeeshwara temple at malleswaram 17th cross was discovered only three years ago, but it has stood for 7,000 years on that spot. Being buried over the years hasn't diminished its aura at all. This underground temple was enclosed within a stone cut courtyard supported by ancient stone pillars. At the far end of the courtyard, a Nandi carved out of a black stone with eyes painted in gold, has water stream flowing from its mouth directly on to the shivalinga made out of the same black stone at a lower level. The source of water, the sculptor and even the time when it was built is still a mystery.

One of the most important offerings in this temple is the 'thulabharam.' In the Thulabaram ritual, a devotee sits on a pan of a weighing balance and the other pan is filled with materials greater than the weight of the devotee. Devotees usually offer sugar, jaggery, tulsi leaves, banana, gold, coins. This is mostly performed with newborn babies or children. Malleswaram boasts of many temples, but none is so shrouded in controversy and mystery as this one is. The ancient nandeeshwara temple at malleswaram 17th cross was discovered only three years ago, but it has stood for 7,000 years on that spot. Being buried over the years Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotel at 9am.

Duration: 3 - 4 hours.

Start/opening time: At 9.30am.

End/closing time: At 12.30pm.

Languages: English.