The temple known locally as the Rameshwara or the Ramalingeshwara Temple is a unique star shaped temple of the Kalyana Chalukyan period. The four exquisitely sculptured pillars in the centre of the hall depict the figures of the Hindu deities Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Narasimha, Varaha, Nataraja, Devi Mahishasur Mardini, Devi Saraswati and Gaja Lakshmi in various forms.
Constructed in the 11th century under the valiant Chalukyas, the Ramalingeswara Temple at Nandi Kandi is well-known, particularly for its unique shape. Also known as Rameshwaram, the temple is adorned with exquisite sculpture inherent in every pillar and crevice. The four ornamental pillars in the Central hall or Navaranga is one of its best specimens. Figures and forms from the Hindu pantheon, like those of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Narasimha, Varaha, Nataraja, Devi Mahishasur Mardini, Devi Saraswati and Gaja Lakshmi grace the façade and side walls of the pillars. The intricate carvings are made, a more interesting a watch, aided by the information that each pillar is carved out of single blocks of stone.
The Garba Griha house the presiding deity of the temple Rameshwara Swamy and his consort engraved on beautiful black stone. Some of the other sculptures include those of Apsaras, dikpalakas, rakshasas, matrumurti and Darpan warriors. The temple also provides a star-shaped skylight provides a source of natural lighting. One of the most attractive features of the temple is the huge ornamental Nandi Bull that adorns the temple interiors. It is made out of black stone and attracts as much attention as the presiding deity. The Ramalingeshwara Temple is a unique specimen of architectural brilliance.
Its exquisite sculpture speaks volumes about the craftsmanship of the Chalukyan era. The temple should not be missed if one wishes to experience the culture and heritage inherited from the Chalukyan kings.