Temples in Bangalore

Temples in Bangalore
1.Channakeshava Temple:

Bangalore Urban
Town: Anekal
Temple: Channakeshava Temple

Similar to all the other Southern states, Karnataka too has plenty of temples that tower over their towns and bring devotees and tourists in thousands every year into their vast spaces where they can worship and wonder.

Channakeshava Temple – Overview

The Channakeshava Temple in Anekal, Karnataka in the Bangalore Urban district is a magnificent example of the Vijayanagar style of temple architecture. The fact that the term ‘Anekal’ is a Tamil word meaning elephant (ane) and stone (kal), signifies the proximity of the temple to neighboring Tamil Nadu. It is situated about 915 meters above sea level, on an elephant shaped hill as the name indicates.

Channakeshava Temple – History

Though the name suggests some ancient history and excavations have brought up old bricks (indicative of a township that must have flourished at the site), there are no definite remains to prove that. The people in the region now are descendants of Chikka Thamma Gowda, belonging to the Sugatur family who settled there in 1603. Later the Mysore royal family annexed it to their kingdom before Hyder Ali added it to the Mysore district. It is currently managed by the Muzrai department of the Karnataka government.

Channakeshava Temple – Architecture

The architecture of the Channakeshava temple in Anekal is distinctly of the Vijayanagar style. It is a magnificent structure that faces that east, with the Mahadwara facing the south. Carvings of Lord Vishnu, accompanied by his two consorts decorate the niches in the outer walls.

There are four pillars in the navaranga which are ornately decorated with stories from the Bhagavada, the Ramayana, the Dasavatara etc from various puranas and ithihasas, depicting the stories of Vishwaroopa, Gajendramoksha, Yoga Narasimha, Varaha Matsya, Kalinganardana, Garuda, Hanuman, Kamadhenu, Kurma, Balarama, Vamana, Trivikrama and other avatars of Vishnu, and Vali and Sugriva in a fight.

The khumbas and kalasas of the outsides of the arthamandapa are done in high relief and are painted in bright colors.

Channakeshava Temple – Religious Significance

Although there’s very little archeological evidence, the temple is believed to be a very ancient and important structure. The ash mounds that once stood as a testament to some ancient thriving settlement were all apparently removed by the locals and used as fertilizers. It is quite reasonable to conclude that the temple structure has stood the test of time for more a few centuries. Along with the Kambada Ganesha Temple and the Bhramarambika Temple located in the vicinity, the Channakeshava Temple acts as a key site for devotees and believers.

Channakeshava Temple – Mythology

According to the Archaeological Society of Mysore, experts think that the original deity might have been consecrated by Arjuna, the Pandava king.

How To Get To Channakeshava Temple

The Channakeshava Temple in Anekal is in the Bangalore Urban district and is reachable from Bangalore city by car in about an hour. There are other picnic spots and places of interest around Anekal, including small waterfalls that make it worth the drive of about 40 kms.

Channakeshava Temple – Facts

The family that has been maintaining the temple for generations is in the process of renovating the temple premises and restoring it to its former glory.

Apart from the ash mounds, bricks were also picked from the site by the local inhabitants, making it harder to verify the temple’s historical value.

The temple has two large tanks, quite similar to the other Vijayanagar temples of its era.

The Anekal Channakeshava temple is definitely worth a visit if you are in Bangalore, as it is so close to the city, yet located in pristine countryside surrounded by natural scenic beauty.

2.Bheemalingeswara Temple:

District: Chikballapur
Town: Kaivara
Temple: Bheemalingeswara Temple

The Bheemalingeswara Temple is located in Kaivara, a small town in the Chikballapur district of Karnataka.

Bheemalingeswara Temple – Overview

The Bheemalingeswara temple is believed to have been built by Bheema, who was one of the Pandavas. Kaivara was known as Ekachakrapuram during the time of the Mahabharatha. It was here that the Pandavas spent a year in hiding after escaping the attempt of their lives at the house of lac. It was here too, that Bheema killed Bakasura, the demon who was terrifying the people of this region.

This place is also known for the famous poet Narayanappa, famous as Kaivara Thatayya. He was a proficient composer in both Kannada and Telugu. He composed Kirtanas in praise of Lord Vishnu who resides in the Amara Narayanaswami temple here. He is also famous for his prophetic work Kala Jnana about future events.

Bheemalingeswara Temple – Facts

There are several attractions in Kaivara, besides the Bheemalingeswara temple:

    The cave where Thatayya meditated
    The Thatayya Ashram
    The Amara Narayana temple
    The hillock where Bheema is said to have killed Bakasura
    A beautiful park maintained by the forest department

How to Get to Bheemalingeswara temple

Kaivara, where Bheemalingeswara temple is located, is about 70 km from Bangalore. You easily get buses from Bangalore city. You would have to get down at Kaivara cross and then proceed three kilometers inward to reach Kaivara town.

3.Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple:

District: Bangalore Rural
Town: Nandi Hills
Temple: Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple

The Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is located in Nandi Hills Area, in Bangalore Rural district. It is a perfect weekend getaway for the city-weary people of Bangalore. The hills offer many places of interest amidst pristine forests, including the Nandi fort built by Tipu Sultan.

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple – Overview

The Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is situated in the village at the foothills of Nandi Hills. Nandi Hills is a popular temple site and picnic spot. The simple Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple on top of the hill is famous for the huge statue of the bull in front of the temple. Not many people know of the other Nandeeshwara temple, a magnificent, large complex housing not one, but three temples in all.

The original Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple was built in the 9th century. The first phase is believed to have been built by the Bana Queen Ratnavali. The temple then underwent many additions and modifications, spread over the rule of around five dynasties.

The hills are actually five hills which are the sources of five different rivers, namely Palar, Pinakini, Akravathy, Papagni and Swarnamukhi.

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple – History

The Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is a magnificent example of Dravidian Architecture. It is a 1000 year old temple that bears the architectural stamps of around five different dynasties that ruled here. Believed to have been originally constructed by the Bana Queen Ratnavali, this temple was added to and extended by the Ganga dynasty, Cholas, Hoysalas, Pallavas and finally the Vijayanagara kings. This temple even has a statue of the Chola King Rajendra.

Though the original Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple dedicated to Shiva and Parvati was built in the 9th century by the Banas, the Chola kings in the 11th century added the roof; the Hoysala dynasty added the marriage hall to the temple structure and the outer wall and buildings were added by the Vijayanagar kings in the 13th century. For centuries it was impregnable until the British stormed it in the October of 1791, and defeated Tipu Sultan.

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple – Architecture

The temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is the oldest in the state of Karnataka. The Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple houses three temples, the Arunachaleshwara, the Uma Maheshwara and the Bhoga Nandeeshwara. Traditionally Arunachaleshwara is said to represent the childhood of Shiva, Bhoga Nandeeshwara the Youth, and Yoga Nandeeshwara on the Hill top, the final renunciation stage.

The Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple depicts the youthful phase of Lord Shiva, and as youth is the time to rejoice and enjoy life, there are many festivals held in this temple throughout the year.

The Uma Maheswara temple depicts the wedding scenes between Shiva and Parvati, and newly married couples often visit this temple to take the blessings of Shiva and Parvati.

The Yoga Narasimha temple located on the top of Nandi hills by contrast, has no festivals at all as it signifies Shiva in his renunciation stage. There are significant carvings in and around these temples.

This temple is a combination of the architectural styles mainly of the Gangas, Cholas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagara rulers.

The Arunachaleshwara Temple

The Arunachaleshwara temple, built by the Gangas, has a unique form of Lord Ganesha called Simha Ganapathi or Ugra Ganapathi. In front of this temple is a Nandi idol made of granite.

Uma Maheshwara Temple

Built by the Hoysalas, this temple has the presiding deities of Uma and Maheshwara in the Sanctum. The Kalyana Mandapa is surrounded by four pillars each of which have a divine couple depicted on them – Shiva and Parvati, Brahma and Saraswathi, Vishnu and Lakshmi and Agni Deva and Swaha Devi.

The pillars and walls are covered with intricate carvings typical of the Hoysalas. The structures are covered in figures of parrots, animals, creepers and divine figures.

The Bhoga Nandeeshwara

The main temple, the Bhoga Nandeeshwara has a majestic Shiva Linga in the Sanctum. This temple is said to have been built by the Cholas. There is a figure of a Chola King in this temple, believed to be of Rajendra Chola. The pillars are covered in beautiful carvings. The Nandi Idol in front of the Sanctum in this temple is even more attractive than the one in front of the Arunachaleshwara Temple

There are two additions to this temple built by the Vijayanagara rulers – the Kalyana Mandapa and the Tulabhara Mandapa.

Shringi Theertha

Shringi Theertha is the temple pond. It is surrounded on all four sides by a walkway and a running mandapa. This pond has steps leading down to it on all four sides. Legend has it that this pond was created by the divine Bull Nandi plunging his horn into the ground to draw out water from the divine Ganga. This pond is held to be the source of the South Pinakini (South Pennar) River.

How to Reach Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple

Nandi Hills is a very famous tourist spot. Frequent bus services will be available from the city of Bangalore, 60 km away. Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is located in the village at the foothills of Nandi Hills. You can reach here from Nandi Hills by auto rickshaw. The best time to visit the Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple is during Shivaratri.

4.Chamarajashwara Temple, Chamarajanagar

District: Chamarajanagar
Town: Chamarajanagar
Temple: Chamarajashwara Temple

One of the ancient and historical temples, the Chamarajashwara Temple is regarded as a very important seat of Hinduism in the country. Every year, thousands of pilgrims throng to this place to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.

Chamarajashwara Temple – Overview

The famous Chamarajashwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The priest here chants hymns of Bhilvastakam in praise of the mighty Lord. The temple has been built in an area of 232×195 square feet in the town of Chamarajanagar in Karnataka.

Chamarajashwara Temple – History

Built in 1826 A.D. by Mummadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar, the town was originally known as Arikotara (Ari means foe and Kotara means axe). This temple was built in the memory of Shri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, the father of Mummadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar.

The temple was later renamed as Chamarajashwara Temple after Shri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar of the Mysore Dynasty was born in the year 1776. A stone carved inscription resting in front of the Janana Mandap in near the Chamarajashwara Temple gives this historical information. The Chamarajashwara Temple shot to fame during the reign of Mummadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar.

Chamarajashwara Temple – Architecture

The Chamarajashwara Temple is a wonderful example of Hoysala architecture. This temple has a five storey Rajagopuram which is more than 70 feet high. The Rajagopuram has five brass Kalashas and all of them face eastwards. In front of the temple, on both sides, is a big stage wherein cultural programs are conducted during special occasions.

The Chamarajashwara temple is famous for its stucco coloured images and paintings adapted from Mythological events like Samudra Manthan (churning the sea for Amrit), Kempananjambha shrine, Girija Kalyana and Chamundeshwari. Palace artists hailing from Somavamsha Dynasty used to maintain the images according to the Mysore style. These paintings are coloured in red, yellow and blue. A mixture of diamond and gum has been used after crushing the stones. Stucco coloured images are famous relics of the Mysore Dynasty and can be seen in many temples built during this era. Sadly, most of these paintings are in a bad condition and only a few of them have managed to retain the softness and delicacy which is easily detected by art lovers.

Chamarajashwara Temple – Carvings

The temple has a sanctum sanctorum or a garba griha, an open pillared hall or a muukha mandapa and a Nandi mandapa. These mandapas have carved images of gods and goddesses.

The temple entrance has an idol of Nandi the Bull. This idol faces the idol of Lord Shiva. The idol of Lord Shiva has an iron shield and is made of concrete. The main temple has sixty four idols and other ancient gods and goddesses.

God Snapana Ganapathi at Navarang (along with six lingas) is also housed in the sanctum of the Shiva temple. Installed in front of the Shiva temple, is the Navagraha or the representatives of nine planets. Most devotees visit this temple and pray to the Navagraha during Amavasya.

Lord Shiva was originally adorned with valuable jewels which were presented by the three wives of Mummadi Wodeyar. Now these ornaments are kept in the treasury. Lord Shiva is decorated with these ornaments only during the Girija Kalyana celebration. The temple inscriptions suggest that the idols have been brought from another temple, Balamuri in Srirangapatnam.

The Chamarajashwara Temple – Rituals and Festivals

Special pujas are held during the festivals of Girijakalyana and Shivaratri. The Chamarajashwara Rathayatra attracts a plethora of pilgrims during the month of July every year. The chariot fest conducted during the Chamarajashwara Rathayatra made this a famous event. The main Chamarajashwara Ratha is 167 years old. Basavaraje Urs of Urs Dynasty built the main Rath during his service in the Mysore Wodeyar Palace in 1835 as a bhakshi.

How to Get to the Chamarajashwara Temple

The best way to reach the temple town of Chamarajanagar is by road. This is well connected by buses and is 185 kms from Bangalore.

This temple is an architectural beauty and should be visited not only by pilgrims but also by art lovers.

5.Gavi Gangadeshwara Temple Bangalore

The picturesque city of Bangalore is quite well known and famous for its monuments, temples and other tourist places. There are many temples in Bangalore which are extremely old but have not lost their charm. This cave temple is located near Basavanagudi. The Gavi Gangadeshwara Temple in Bangalore in India is famous for its architecture and also a rare phenomenon. This temple is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore.

Gavi Gangadeshwara Temple Bangalore was built by the great Kempe Gowda, who was the founder of Bangalore. The type of construction that was followed while building the picturesque Gavi Gangadeshwara Temple Bangalore was the 'Ancient' type of building temples.


On the festival of Sankranti (a local festival), a phenomenon takes place which is a scientific mavel. It speaks of the deep understanding that our forefathers had of the mysteries of the universe and fundamental laws which govern our life. The idols of Nandi and Lord Shiva are so positioned that the sun's rays, passing between the horns of Nandi, light up the face of Lord Shiva. Every year generally on the 14th or 15th of January this rare phenomenon takes place. This phenomenon is a huge crowd puller and attracts a large number of devotees. Every year thousands of tourists from each and every corner of the world and from all over India visit this beautiful and picturesque temple.

Gavi Gangadeshwara Temple Bangalore is a natural monolith carved cave temple and the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Dedicated to Lord Gangadeshwara and Goddess Honnadevi (i.e., Lord Shiva and Parvati), are two well known shrines. Gavi Gangadeshwara Temple consists of thirty three idols.

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6.Gaurishwara Temple, Yelandur

District: Chamarajanagar
Town: Yelandur
Temple: Gaurishwara Temple

Gaurishwara Temple is located in the Yelandur Taluq in Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka.

Gaurishwara Temple – Overview

Yelandur was a prominent town during the Chola Rule in Karnataka. The Gaurishwara Temple is a major pilgrim and tourist attraction here.

Gaurishwara Temple – History

The Gaurishwara Temple was built by a feudatory of the Cholas, Singadepa, who ruled this region in the sixteenth century. Devabhupala, as Singadepa was known, built this beautiful temple in 1550 AD. Somehow, this temple was not maintained well and was allowed to get into a dilapidated state within a period of 100 years. But in 1654-55, it was rebuilt by Devabhupala’s grandson Mudhabhupa.

Gaurishwara Temple – Architecture

The Gaurishwara Temple was built in the Dravidian style, though it does not have the distinctive Gopura or entrance tower that marks this style. The temple also has beautiful carvings on pillars and walls depicting scenes from mythology. There are carvings of Andhakasuravadha, figures of Narasimha, Sarabha, Dhakshinamurthy, Vali, Sugriva and Kalinga Mardhana Krishna.

It also has the beautiful Stone Chains that mark the Chola temples of this region. Beautiful rings carved out of stone, with no joints, hang down from the corners of the entrance. These rings look like bangles, so the Mahadhwara is known as ‘Bale Mandapa’. Bale means bangles in Kannada.

How to Get to Gaurishwara Temple

Yelandur lies at a distance of 155 km from Bangalore. Bus services can be availed from Bangalore, Mysore and other places.

7.Ghati Sri Subramanya Temple, Doddaballapura

District: Bangalore Rural
Town: Doddaballapura
Temple: Sri Subramanya Temple

Ghati Sri Subramanya Temple is one of the most popular temples amongst the hundreds that are scattered in and around Bangalore. People flock in thousands to this temple and the presiding deity, Sri Subramanya, is particularly popular with the Tamilian population of Karnataka. It is located near Doddaballapur in Bangalore Rural district, about 60 km away from Bangalore city, serving as a perfect getaway for the weekend.

Sri Subramanya Temple – Overview

It is an ancient temple, built in Dravidian tradition, similar to many other temples around Bangalore and Mysore, including the Nanjundeshwara temple in Nanjangud, and the famous Chamundeswari temple atop the Chamundi hills. As it is a fairly old temple, with the presiding deities of both Lord Subramanya and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha, it attracts the devotees of both deities. Though the only place of interest in Ghati is the temple, there are plenty of other attractions within 20–30 km of the temple, and these can keep you occupied during your weekend getaway.

Sri Subramanya Temple – Architecture

As specified above, the style of architecture in this temple is Dravidian. No one knows how long the idols have stood there for, but the Sri Subramanya Temple is believed to be an ancient one. The idol of the Lord is said to be swayambhu, meaning self-originated and not created or sculpted by anyone else. A unique aspect about the temple is that while the sculpture of the Lord Subramanya is positioned towards the East, Lord Lakshmi Narasimha stands at the back of the same idol, facing the West. The devotees obtain a darshan of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha by way of a strategically placed mirror. The temple is particularly special for those who seek the Lord to bless them with a child.

Sri Subramanya Temple – Religious Significance

The Pushya Suddha Shasti is one of the biggest festivals in this temple as this day is believed to be the birthday of Lord Subramanya. The other major festival in the temple is Narasimha Jayanthi. Skanda Shasti is also celebrated with a lot of fanfare as it is a special day for Lord Subramanya and Panghuni Uttiram, the wedding anniversary of the Lord, is also celebrated. Vaikashi Vishakam is another special day to the presiding deity here. It is believed by the locals that the Lord is benevolent in his blessings to those who come seeking his blessings to find a compatible partner or to have a child.

How To Get To Sri Subramanya Temple

It is situated about 60 kms from Bangalore city on the Doddaballapur road, about 12 km after crossing Doddaballapur. The nearest railway station is Makali Durga on the Bangalore – Guntakal line. The temple provides free lunch to everyone who partakes in its ‘Nithya Annadhana’ scheme as do most temples in the South. There are many other temples and places of interest pretty close to the temple, in and around Doddaballapur.

Sri Subramanya Temple – Facts

People offer their prayers to a snake mound that is present outside the temple

Milk is also regularly poured into the snake mound so as to appease the Gods

Snakes carved onto stones, also termed as Nagappa, can be seen under a huge Peepal tree and devotees pray for any favors they need at this spot

A multi hooded snake’s silver idol can also be seen near the chief deity

Even if you are not a very devout or religious person, the temple is worth a visit for its beautiful architecture and historical significance, the surrounding country side and other tourist attractions.

8.Sri Kabbalamma Temple

District: Ramanagara
Town: Kabbalu
Temple: Sri Kabbalamma Temple

Sri Kabbalamma Temple

Sri Kabbalamma temple is located in the Kabbal village in the Kanakapura Taluk of Ramanagara district. The Kabbal village is also home to the fort of Kabbal. This fort is built on a monolithic rock 250m high with steep surfaces on three sides and less steep surfaces on the fourth side.

Sri Kabbalamma Temple – Overview

The temple is believed to be the only shrine for nearly 28 villages in the surrounding region. According to people nearby, the goddess is very powerful and is believed to fulfill all her devotees’ wishes.

Sri Kabbalamma Temple – Religious Significance

The presiding deity of this temple is Goddess Kabbalamma. The village, fort and hillock are named after this temple. Durga in Kannada means fort, hence the name Kabbal Durga has been given to this hill. There are many stories and traditions associated with this temple. Basaveshwara, the bull living in the temple premises is believed to play a role in blessing devotees. When a devotee promises to offer something to the bull, he is asked to sleep over the floor and the bull is allowed to walk over him. This is one custom followed in the temple. Sometimes small children are also allowed to lie down in front of the bull. The devotees offer a bundle of currency notes to thank the Basava for fulfilling their wishes. These notes are tied up to the bull’s horns.

How to Get to Sri Kabbalamma Temple

Kabbal Durga is located around 75 km from the city of Bangalore, 15 km from Kanakapura and 22 km away from Channapatna. This place can be reached by road.

By Bus: Take a bus to reach Kanakapura/Ramnagara/Channapattna and from here a bus to Sathnur. Sathnur is located on the way to Kollegal/Malavalli from Bangalore. It is preferred to travel from Kanakapura and from there taking a bus to Sathnur or Kabbalu, since Kabbulu village is near Sathnur. The frequency of state government buses is low but many private buses ply along this route.

By road: You can reach Kabbal by taking the NH209 Kanakapura Road which goes directly to Kanakapura. From here take the road which goes to Kollegal/Malavalli. Once you reach a board around 7 km from Kanakapura, take the right. After reaching the Channapattana-Sathnur road, take left.

Sri Kabbalamma Temple – Facts

Kabbal Durga hill is ideal place for trekking and climbing enthusiasts.

    The nearest hospital to the village is Sathnur.
    The petrol bunk is located at Kanakapura.

The hill is usually less crowded but people regularly visit the temple on the top. The temple authorities are planning to build another temple; people who wish to donate any money for the construction can contact them. October to February is the best time to visit this temple.

9.Muthyala Madugu, Anekal

District: Bangalore
Town: Anekal
Temple: Shiva Temple

muthyala-madugu-anekalMuthyala Madugu or Muthyala Maduvu is a picnic spot located a few kilometers away from Bangalore. It is a small water fall and you can reach the place through Hosur Road or Bannerghetta Road. Muthyala Madugu is located in Anekal, a small town present in the outskirts of Bangalore city.

Muthyala Madugu – Overview

Muthyala Maduvu or the Pearl Valley (as it is known among tourists), is a beautiful getaway for a short picnic. Muthyala Maduvu literally means ‘Pearl Pool’. The waterfall here is small but it lives up to its name, falling down in pearly rivulets.

It is a nice place to visit and an ideal getaway spot that you can head to escape from the buzz and pollution of the city. It is a scenic spot and there is a small Shiva temple here, called Muthyala Ishvara temple. The shrine has a Shiva Linga, and regular pujas are performed here.

Muthyala Madugu – Facts

The highlight of any visit to Muthyala Madugu is of course, the water fall.

It is a 300 foot waterfall

The source of the water is the Onakanahalli Tank

It is a pearly cascade of water, falling in thin rivulets in off seasons

During and after the rainy season, the waterfall grows is size, and the pool at the base becomes big enough to swim in

The steps leading up to the waterfall make a beautiful setting, the lovely scenery will serve to take your mind away from the steep climb

There is a trail around the waterfall, for those who are interested in hiking

There is a small but attractive Shiva temple here, where regular pujas are performed, so it is also good for a combined religious visit

The best time to visit would be during the rainy season, though you should avoid visiting during heavy rains

The waterfall and the surrounding trail can be dangerous during a downpour

How to Get to Muthyala Madugu

Important bus routes are connected to Anekal. If you are coming in a car, depending on where you are, take the Hosur road or Bannerghetta road.

10.Sri Shanimahathma Temple, Madhure

District: Bangalore
Town: Madhure
Temple: Sri Shanimahathma Temple

sri-shanimahathma-temple-madhureSri Shanimahathma temple is located a few kilometers away from Bangalore city near Nelamangala town. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Shanishwara, one of the planets in Hindu Astrology.

Sri Shanimahathma Temple – Overview

Shani or Shanishwara is one of the nine planets in Hindu astrology. Shanishwara is an embodiment of Saturn. He is the son of Suryadeva and his second wife Chaya Devi. He is one of the most feared and revered astrological deities.

Sri Shanimahathma Temple – Religious Significance

He is a strict Deva who metes out the punishment he has been ordained to give with severity. Yet, He also blesses with generosity. Shanishwara’s negative influence on one’s natal chart is one of the most feared beliefs in India. People flock to temples to worship Shanishwara, in order to lessen the ill effects of his influence. There are many temples for Shanishwara, one of the most famous being the temple at Thirunallar in Tamilnadu.

Sri Shanimahathma Temple – Facts

Bangalore has a few Shanishwara temples too. The Sri Shanimahathma Temple at Chikka Madure is considered to be one of the oldest. This temple is located on the banks of Madhure Kere, a big lake. This temple is constructed in the South Indian style, with a Gopura.

The annual festivals in which an idol of Shanishwara is taken out on a procession on a chariot attract a lot of devotees. People come to this temple to pray to Lord Shanimahayhma and to offer Ellu Batti– black sesame seeds tied up in a piece of cloth and soaked in gingelly oil. This offering is believed to please Lord Shanishwara.

How to Get To Sri Shanimahathma Temple

If you plan to travel by bus, take a Bangalore Metro bus to Nelamangala. From Nelamangala, you should catch another bus to take you to Madhure, on Doddabellapore road. If you are planning to use a car, take the Bangalore – Pune highway till you reach Nelamangala. From Nelamangala take the road to Doddabellapore.

11.Venugopalaswamy Temple, Devanahalli

District: Bangalore Rural
Town: Devanahalli
Temple: The Venugopalaswamy Temple

Devanahalli, a suburb, featured in the news a lot after it was announced by the government that the new and improved Bangalore International Airport would be coming up there. The name literally means ‘the abode of gods’ and has plenty of temples to its name, including the Venugopalaswamy temple in the Bangalore rural area.

Venugopalaswamy Temple – Overview

The fort in Devanahalli housed the erstwhile rulers of Mysore like Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. The fort surrounding the township has numerous temples within its walls, like the Nanjundeswara temple, Chamundeswara temple, Veerabhadraswamy temple and the Ranganathaswamy temple. The temples in Devanahalli were built in different eras but mostly are of the Hoysala architecture.

Venugopalaswamy Temple – History

Though the scale of the temple is small, its size doesn’t detract people from marveling at the architectural intricacies of the temple with its pillars and frescoes decorated in the Hoysala tradition. It is a miniature version of the mega complexes that the temples in Belur and Halebid are, and is as detailed as the other two in its carvings and statues. There are two statues of Lord Vishnu at the sides of the gopuram which are believed to be of the Ganga era.

Venugopalaswamy Temple – Architecture

Though the temple is relatively small, the Rayagopuram is tall with the two statues of Lord Vishnu on both sides carrying distinctly different tools and weapons and with different expressions that provide a startling contrast. The temple, despite its size has a spacious inner Prakara and also has a navaranga, mukhamantapa and a typically small garbhagriha.

The Prakara has niches adorned with intricate stucco work that are very popular with tourists and a must see to any visitor. The mukhamantapa’s pillars are beautifully decorated with intricate carvings. The outer walls of the temple, made of stone, are cover in frieze, depicting various scenes from the Ramayana. The northern and southern walls narrate the entire Balakandam.

Venugopalaswamy Temple – Religious Significance

The temple’s presiding deity Lord Venugopalaswamy is present in a standing posture as opposed to his reclining posture; the deity is in styled in the Vijayanagar tradition while the shikara is in Dravidian style, standing testament to the amalgamation of the two chief cultures in these parts.

Every April there is a temple festival called an Utsav, on the Chaitra Poornima day; for this festival the entire temple is cleaned and washed, which has led to some damage to the frescos. Such cleaning and maintenance are funded by the collections in the temple itself, where donations are offered by the devotees.

How To Get To Venugopalaswamy Temple

The temple is on the Bellary road on NH – 7; once you cross the city limits, the temple town of Devanahalli will about 30 km away; and the temple will be one of the first buildings that you will see on your right when driving from Bangalore.

Thanks to its increased connectivity to the main city of Bangalore, the temple can be easily reached. The onus is on the government to improve the temple’s tourist visibility and maintain the facilities to attract tourists to this beautiful temple.

12.Vishwa Shanti Ashram, Arishinakunte

District: Bangalore
Town: Arishinakunte
Temple: Vishwa Shanti Ashram

Vishwa Shanti Ashram is a spiritual center near Bangalore. It is located on the Bangalore Tumkur highway, in Arishinakunte village in Nelamangala Taluk. It is located at a distance of around 25 km from Bangalore city.
Vishwa Shanti Ashram – Overview

Vishwa Shanti Ashram is a wonderful but little known temple complex located in the fringes of Bangalore city. The complex, spread over nearly 20 acres of land, has a number of beautiful temples and a park. There is a huge Vijaya Vittala statue at the entrance and inside there are the Ashtalakshmi temple, Gayathri Mandir, meditation hall with Bhagavad Gita Bodana and Vishwaroopa statues.
Vishwa Shanti Ashram – History

Vishwa Shanti Ashram was established by Sant Keshavadas, whose organization is known as the Temple of Comic Religion in the west. Sant Keshavadas was born in 1934 in Bhadragiri, a small village in Karnataka. A law Graduate from the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College, his life quest was more spiritual than material.

He believed in the unity of all religions, that they sought the same Ultimate Truth. He unified the teachings of all world religions and established the Temple of Cosmic Religion. He wrote 50 books and has composed 6000 kirtans. He travelled all over the world spreading his message of a Universal Religion. After his passing in 1997, his spiritual work is carried on by his wife and successor, Guru Mataji.

The beautiful Vishwa Shanti Ashram is the Headquarters of the Temple of Cosmic Religion. It was constructed with funds from donations from the followers of Sadguru Sant Keshavadas. The highlight of the ashram is the striking Bhagavad Gita Mandir.
Vishwa Shanti Ashram – Architecture

The Ashram is spread over a few acres of land. Inside, at the front, there is the huge Vijaya Vittala statue. Below this statue is the Lakshmi Narayana temple. Spread on either side of this temple is the Ashtalakshmi Mandir, with the eight forms of Mahalakshmi. Further on there are temples for Gayathri Devi, Navagrahas and Santhoshi Mata.

At the center is the Bhagavad Gita Mandir. To the right of this Mandir lie a series of statues representing the seven main holy rivers of India – Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswathi, Godavari, Narmada, Sindhu, and Kaveri.

The Bhagavad Gita temple itself is constructed in the form of a chariot, with Arjuna seated at the back, and Krishna, holding the reins of the horses, teaching him the lofty yet practical philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita. Inside this chariot is a meditation hall with a large statue of Vishwaroopa Narayana, with the encompassing the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu.
How to Get to Vishwa Shanti Ashram

Vishwa Shanti Ashram is located on the Bangalore-Tumkur highway. It is in the Bangalore Metro bus route to Nelamangala from the city. Get down at Arishinakunte stop. From there you’ll have to walk for one kilometer to reach the temple.
Incranations of Vishwa Shanti Ashram

The 10 incarnations at the ashram you will see are as follow,

    1.Matsya (the fish)
    2.Koorma (the tortoise)
    3.Varaha (the boar)
    4.Narasimha (the human-lion)
    5.Vamana (the dwarf)
    6.Parasurama (the angry man, Rama with an axe)
    7.Lord Rama (the perfect man, King of Ayodha)
    8.Lord Krishna (the divine statesman)
    9.Balarama (elder brother of Krishna)
    10.Kalki (the mighty worrior)

Vishwa Shanti Ashram – Facts

Vishwa Shanti Ashram serves as the headquarters of the Temple of Cosmic Religion.

The inside and outside walls of the chariot are set with granite stones bearing inscriptions of the 800 verses of Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit, English, Hindi and Kannada

There is a total fee of INR 12 to visit the Ashram

At the entrance, you have to pay INR 2 for leaving your shoes

Inside, to proceed towards the Gita Mandir, you have to pay INR 10 per head.


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