Lord Shiva

Temple History

Chaya Someswara Swamy Temple is located in Panagal village, Nalgonda district of Telangana, India. This temple is just 3 km from the Nalgonda district headquarters. The major attraction of this temple is its mysterious shadow/Chaya on which the temple has been named too. There is shadow that falls on the main deity, Shiva Lingam. The shadow is apparent even today when you visit the temple. Although there is not pillar in front of the lingam, a shadow appears in the form of one of the pillars that have been sculpted outside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. It was till recently that it was a mystery that many failed to solve.

This temple was built during 11th&12th centuries by the Ikshvaku family. The temple got the name as it is believed that there is an everlasting shadow on Lord Shiva's Lingam in the main temple, all day. The Chaya Someshwara Swamy Aalayam in the Nalgonda district is an epitome of beauty, arts and spectacle. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it got its current name owing to the ever present shadow on the lingam. The sculpture of the temple and intricately carved pillars add on to the beauty of this otherwise humble temple. The pillars are carved with stories from Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. The rare combination of simplistic yet advanced architecture along with intricate carvings, give this temple a unique touch. This amazing temple, engineered by the Kunduru Cholas is accepted as Thrikutalayam. It testifies the fantastic creative thinking and flair of its architects.

There are three garbha gudis in the temple and each has its own specialty. Linga garbha gudi I, Linga garbha gudi II and Brahma garbha gudi.

You can also visit Pachala Ramalingeshwara Temple which is about 1.2 km away from Chaya Someshwara Temple.


Additional Information

Best Hotels and lodges for the accommodation purpose are available at Nalgonda City which is just 3 km from the temple.

This temple is very near to bus stand and railway stations. Nalgonda Bus Station is 3.1 km and Nalgonda Railway Station is 2.3 km from the temple. Autos and Private transport is available from the both.

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad is 117 km from here.
  • Morning: 6.00am to 12.00pm and 2.00pm to 8.00pm
  • Contact Person: Temple Office
  • Contact Number: 079890 37141, 040-65696939