Chaya Someshwara Temple is well known for its architecture & mysterious shadow that falls on the deity. Here, Lord Shiva is worshiped as Someshwara Swamy. Because of the shadow, the temple is called as Chaya Someshwara Alayam.

The temple has three Garbhagrihas that houses three deities Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, hence it is also called as “Thrikutalayam”.

The Garbhagriha situated on the west and facing east is dedicated to Lord Shiva. We can see a constant and continuous shadow of a pillar on Shiva Lingam throughout the day.

There is another architectural wonder apart from this Shadow which falls on the deity of the temple. If one stands in front of Shiva Lingam in the inner sanctum they will find their own shadow divided into two postures behind the wall of the deity.

Also, In Lord Vishnu garbhagriha, one can notice their hand waved, when standing in front of the deity, it splits into 5 shadow postures.

Scientific Reason Behind The Shadow

The dark area is formed by the reflection of light through multiple pillars placed in front of garbhagriha and the shadow is a consolidated shadow of those four pillars. The pillars in the temple are strategically placed so that the light falls at the same place throughout the day.

History of The Temple

The temple was built during Cholas period between 11th – 12th century. It is one of the ancient and historical pilgrimage sites in Telangana. The architecture and the pillar shadow on the deity show creative thinking & scientific knowledge of Kunduru Cholas.

Panagal village in Nalgonda district is also home to other ancient temples like the famous temple Pachala Someswaralayam & Sri Venkateshwara Temple.

Important Festivals

Maha Shivarathri, Karthika Masam, Tholi Ekadashi, Ugadi

Rituals To Do

Among different ways of worshipping (Shivaradhana – Shiva Nama Smarana, Shiva Rudra Patana, Shiva Dhyanam, Abhishekam, etc), he is most pleased by Abhishekam, hence he is called as Abhisheka Priya. Abhishekam to Lingam by chanting Lingastakam preferred.

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Temple Timings (Morning)6 AM to 12 PM
Temple Timings (Evening)2 PM to 8 PM

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