Someshwara Temple is an ancient Hindu religious temple located at Lakshmeshwar which is around 55 kilometres from Hubli. This temple was built by the Chalukya dynasty in 12th century and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Idols of Mahisha Mardini and Chaturbhuja Ganapati are the prime attractions of this temple.
It is believed that the idols of Shiva, Parvathi and Nandi were brought by an ardent Shiva devotee from Saurashtra. Hence, the temple is also referred to as Saurashtra Someshwara. The principal deity that is worshipped in the temple is Lord Shiva. The temple has beautiful Linga. The temple is located with a backdrop of hills, a pond and dense greenery. River Shalmala originates nearby but flows underground.
Surrounded by high walls with three main entrances, the temple complex consists of Mukha mantapa, Ardha mantapa, Garbha griha and Spacious Navaranga. The high walls of the temple lend a feeling of a fort. There is a very big well behind the temple and the water of the well is used for pooja and for temple use. The temple's hall, navaranga, entrance porch or mukha mantapa has beautiful stone carvings.
There are many satellite temples surrounding the main temple. All these temples also boast of rich architecture and sculptures that have been so neatly carved. The Badami Chalukyas of Deccan encouraged art and architecture and this is clearly visible in the paintings and art structures of the temple. Lots of people visit this temple during the Ganesha Chaturthi festival which is celebrated here. This temple is surrounded by lush green grasslands and beautiful plants which add an aura to the place. It is one of the important piligrim centers in Hubli and one must visit this place.
The temple is open all days of the week during timings: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The best time to visit the temple is during the month of March and during Hindu festivals.