The temple built by Cholas is a piece of beauty. It was renovated and expanded by Kempe Gowda's family. The shrine located at the center is dedicated to Someswara and the other is dedicated to his consort.
The reputation of the Someshwar temple centers on the fact that Abbakka Rani used to worship here five centuries ago. Abbakka Rani was a 16th century princess who hated the Portuguese and even divorced her husband for accepting their impositions. She faught her husband and eventually gave up her life rather than surrender to the Iberians.