Antharagange Temple – The Dakshin Kashi, Antharagange is a word in local language (Kannada) which means Ganges from Inner Deep. Why this place is called by this name is a interesting to know, but this place is for great religious important and this place is also referred to as “Dakshin Kashi” or the “Kashi of the South”. Antharagange Temple is a very famous temple of this region and attracts a lot of visitors.
And hence the temple at the foothill is called as “Kashi Visheshwara temple” and the presiding diety of this temple is Shri Kashi Vishveshwara.
In a hurry ? You may like our video on Anthargange temples:
What Antharagange temple ( The Dakshin Kashi ) famous for?
The place is called as Anthargange and as I mentioned before it means Ganges from Inner deep. This place is famous for a natural spring which is a perennial spring and comes out of a bull carved in stone and falls into the pond. The source of water is unknown and people believe that this eternal water spring comes from the Ganga in north and hence this place is called as Antharagange.
The water flows through out the year.
How to reach Antharagange Temple – The Dakshin Kashi?
Antharagange Temple (The Dakshin Kashi) ? is in Kolar district and is around 3 to 4 kms from Kolar itself. Kolar is around 70 Kms from Bangalore. If you are self driving, the best route will be Bangalore => Hoskote => Kolar => Anthargange
Road conditions are quite good through out, though the last 3 to 4 kms are a bit patchy.
You need to climb around 300 steps to reach the temple. Climb is not steep though. Just before the place from where you start climbing, there is a parking lot. But during weekends due to rush parking can be a challenge so plan accordingly. You need to pay a nominal parking fee.
Anthargange, apart from temple is famous for volcanic rock formations and natural caves and hence is it a very well known trekking destination. Just behind the temple, there is a way gooing to the top of the hill and this trekking can be challenging for kids and older people.
When to visit Anthargange temple ( Dakshin Kashi )?
If you are going to visit just the temple, then anytime of the year is fine. But if you also want to trek to the top then summer can be a big challange. Also plan trekking early in the morning. But this hill is quite popular among trekkers.
So do visit this temple and take the blessings of Shri Kashi Visheshwara.
The area of Kolar in Karnatka is home to many temples of religious and historical importance. Kolaramma Temple Kolar is one of the oldest in the region!
Whenever I visit these temple, I feel proud that I am part of a place which has such a rich cultural heritage.
Kolaramma is a beautiful , 1000+ year old temple and is a protected monument under Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)
There are actually 2 very prominent temples located in Kolar. These are kolaramma temple and Someshwara temple. I will write about Someshwara temple in my next post.
Kolar gets its name from Kolaramma temple. Goddess Kolaramma is the presiding deity of this town. Ma Parvathi is worhsipped as goddess Kolaramma.
The temple is more than 1000 years old and is built in Dravidian Style of architecture similar to most of the other temples in this region.
The temple was built during chola period and the granite stones of the temple has carving from that period.
Another deity in the temple is known as Chelamma or the scorpion goddess. It is said that by praying to goddess Chelamma a person is gaurded from scorpion bytes.
Another interesting thing about this temple is that there is an underground hundi. And a small hole from where you can put a coin. It is a tradition to do that. It is said that one can still hear the sound of coins which has accumulated in this large underground hudi for the last many hundred years.
Also note that you can worship the goddess by looking at the mirror placed at the opposite side of the idol of goddesss.
Outside there is a small Ganesha temple which you can visit as well.
Monday to Thursday : 8.00 AM to 1.30 PM, 6.00 PM to 9.00 PM
Friday: 8.00 AM to 2.30 PM , 6.00 PM to 9.00 PM
How to reach Kolaramma Temple Kolar:
Reaching Kolaramma temple is quite easy. You just need to reach Kolar. The temple is very near to the national highway (approx 2 to 3 kms). Google maps are best. But below are my comments on 2 main routes
Bangalore -> Hoskote -> Kolar -> Kolaramma temple : Mainly on national highway (NH75)
So, do visit the temple when you find time. Club it with Sri Someshwara temple. You can also visit Sri Kotilngeshwara temple , Sri Anjaneya temple, Avani, Bangaru Tirupati or Kurudmule which are in driving distance from Kolar. You can find our posts on above.
Every year during the month of October / November during deepavali time, the beautiful city of Hasan comes alive with lakh of people visiting the city and the highly revered Ma Ambe temple known as Hasanamba Temple.
And there is a reason for that. This temple is open only once a year and devotees are allowed to get darshan of Ma Hasanamba and seek blessings.
Ma Hasanamba is the presiding deity of the beautiful city of Hasan. It is believed that Hassan got its name after the presiding deity of this place, Ma Hasanamba.
With a with a host of miracles and legends surrounding this temple, it attracts lakhs and lakhs of devotees from across the country during this time.
Do watch our Hasanamba temple video on youtube:
Legend of Hasanamba Temple
Once the Seven Maatrukes (Brahmi, Maheshwari, Kaumari, Vyshnavi, Varahi, Indrani, and Chamundi) were crossing the city of Hassan.
They were taken aback by the beauty of Hassan and decided to make it their home for the rest of their lives.
Ma Indrani, Ma Varahi, and Ma Chamundi chose the three wells in Devigere Honda, while Ma Maheshwari, Ma Kaumari, and Ma Vyshnavi chose the three anthills inside the temple.
Ma Brahmi chose Kenchamma’s Hosakote.
Hence the city of Hassan has a very important religious significance in the region and the this temple is one the most important temples of the region.
Miracles of Shri Hasanamba Temple
Nandaa Deepa or the ghee lamp, burns through out the year, with the ghee never depleting. This is really amazing.
The anna naivedya (which is the rice offering) offered at the time of closing the door stays warm and unspoiled when the door is open again, a year later.
The bale kandu ( banana stem is called as Bale Kandu in local language ) and flowers offered to the goddess ( before closing the door ) remains fresh through out the year.
How to reach Hasanamba Temple
The temple is right in the heart of the city of Hassan, around 2 Kms from KSRTC Bus stand in Hassan.
The temple is around 2.5 Km from Hassan junction railway station
If you are driving by your own then you need to reach Hassan first which is very well connected with all the major cities of Karnataka
The temple is around 180 kms from Bengaluru
The temple is around 170 kms from Mangalore
Hasanamba temple to Chennakesava Swamy Temple belur – 38 kms
Hasanamba temple to Someswara Swamy Temple Haranhalli – 35 kms
Hasanamba temple to Sri Lakshmi devi Temple, Doddagaddavalli – 14 kms
Hasanamba temple to Iswara Temple , Arisikere– 45 kms
6.00 am to 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm to 10.30 pm
Remember, the temple is only open for a few days in a year around Diwali time. So make sure if you want to visit, this time will be great.
You can check the official notification of opening dates at below link:
The Vidyashankara Temple, was built in the year 1338 A.D. It’s a one-of-a-kind stone monument that combines Hoysala (Chalukya) and Dravidian architectural traditions.
Shringeri is home to one the original Advaitha maths, founded by Shri Adi Shankara himself.
It has a long heritage and documented history dating back to the seventh century. Sureshwarachrya, a disciple of Shri Adi Shankara, was the first head of this math.
The Vidyashankara temple was built in the year of 1338 A.D.
The temple is one of a kind monument because it is entirely made of stone and combines Hoysala (Chalukya) and Dravidian architectural traditions.
Vidyashankara Temple Architecture
The structure is built on a high plinth and commands a spectacular view of the surrounding hills and slopes.
The Garbhagriha is located on the temple’s western side, with Vidya Ganapati on one side and Durga on the other. On the other three sides of the Garbhagriha, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Maheshwara appear with their consorts.
A mandapa with twelve pillars, gigantic monoliths with large figures and heavy projecting corbels on top, can be found on the eastern portion of the edifice.
The twelve zodiac signs represent these twelve pillars, which are organised in a regular order. A big circle is drawn on the floor, with converging lines indicating the direction of the shadows.
The central ceiling, which has lotus and pecking parrots, is a work of great art.
The vimana over the Garbhagriha rises majestically. The rest of the roof is a sloping channelled slab.
Animals, puranic legends, Shiva, Vishnu, Dasavatara, Kali, Shanmukha, and other deities are carved into the basement.
Chains of stone rings hang from the caverns of the great hall’s corners, a common characteristic of the Vijayanagar period.
Vidyatirtha Rathotsava (also known as the car festival) is celebrated on a grand scale here. This takes place during Kartika Shukla paksha.
The festival spans for seven days from Tritiya to Navami. On the Saptami day, his Holiness performs special pooja.
The Aradhana of Shri Vidya Shankara is also performed on sashti, saptami and ashtami.
Because of its architectural splendour, the Archaeological Survey of India looks after this temple.
A damaged sandalwood idol of Sharadamba, said to have been put in the Sharadamba temple by Adi Shankara Himself, is also housed in this temple.
This idol is said to have been broken during the Muslim invasin, and Shri Vidyaranya replaced it with the current gold statue of Sharadamba.
Vidyashankara Temple Darshan Timings
The temple is open everyday. The temple remains close during 1.00 PM to 5.00 PM in the afternoon
Morning – 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM Evening – 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Friends let me take you to Dasarighatta today. The famous temple of Ma Sri Sri Sri Chowdeshwari Devi, the Dasarighatta Chowdeshwari Templ is located here !
Tumkur in Karnataka is home to many famous temple and Ma Chowdeshwari Temple ( dasarighatta chowdeshwari devasthanam ) is one of them.
A very famous temple of the region is in the middle of the backwaters of shavarathi dam. The unusually tall, vertical wild date tree (eechalu) in front of the temple is a special feature here
Legend of Mata Dasarighatta Chowdeshwari Temple
It is said that hundreds of years ago, on the banks of the river Tunga in Karnataka in Raichur district, there was a kingdom called Nandavara.
As per legend, Nandavara’s king was a Shakti Upasaka. The king used to rise at 4 a.m., travel to Kasi, bathe in the holy Ganges, and return to his kingdom before daylight to worship Devi at Nandavara, all with the power of the heavenly mantra Shakti.
This was his daily routine. The Maharani becoming suspicious of his absence, questioned the king about this. The king told her everything in detail.
She decided to test the king, and hence she compelled him to take her also with him. The king reluctantly accepted. The next day, he took her to Kasi along with him.
During their stay at Kasi, the queen had her monthly course. The king’s mantra Shakti was lost as a result of this. The king got restless and frightened since he was unable to return to his kingdom as usual.
He observed a group of Brahmans doing Chandi Homa while travelling along the Ganga’s banks, and approached them because he couldn’t find a solution.
The Brahmans vowed to give the king a fourth of what they had earned as punya (good acts) by sacrificing Arghya to Lord Surya every day at the appropiate time, purifying the queen and allowing them to return to their kingdom.
The Brahmins asked the king what he would give them in return for their help. The king promised to give them land, whenever they approached him.
Thus the king got the power from the Brahmans and returned to his kingdom. But the king was never able to make use of Shakti Mantra.
Years passed. There came a terrible famine in Kasi. The Brahmans remembered the king’s promise and went to Nandavara to met him. They reminded him of his promise.
However the king had completely forgotten his promise. He disrespected the Brahmans and abused them. The Brahmans were very unhappy . From that day onwards, all the efforts of the king started yielding negative results.
The Brahmans worshipped Shri Chowdeshwari and requested her to come down to Nandavara as the lonely witness for the king’s promise. Devi did as they desired. The king realized his mistake. He apologised to Devi and Brahmans.
The dynasty of Brahmans thus got settled at Nandavara and came to be known as Nandavariks and Chowdeshwari became their Kul devi, she is also the family deity of Togataveeras.
There still exists a beautiful Ma Chowdeshwari Temple at Nandavara on the banks of Tungabhadra and she is being worshipped on all days of the year.
The about 300 years ago, there used to live a paleyagar named Jasavantharaya near Tiptur. He desired to extend his kingdom.
Having come to know of the powers of Mata Chowdeshwari Temple, so he went to Nandavara and prayed to her with all devotion.
Devi was pleased with his tapsaya and she appeared in front of him and asked him to ask for a boon. That is when the paleyagar revealed his desire. He requested her to follow him as a protector during all his expeditions.
Devi agreed on the condition that, she would stay permanently at a place of her choice. Paleyagar continued his expeditions and conquered kingdom after kingdom. While marching in this way, Devi came across a plain land, surrounded by beautiful dales and mountains, with lush green patches of forestland.
Devi decided to stay there and informed the Paleyagar . This place came to be known as the town of Jasavantharaya. The same Jasavantharaya town is now called Dasarighatta.
What is the speciality of Mata Dasarighatta Chowdeshwari Temple
The speciality of dasarighatta chowdeshwari devasthanam is a panchaloha idol of Mata Chowdeshwari Devi, which write backs the reply if a question is asked orally or even in mind.
The question can be asked in any language- Kannada, Hindi, English,Telugu etc.
The head of the deity is believed to write down the answers in the Kannada language on rice flour or ragi flour base.
You have to buy the ticket for each question. There is a ticket which you need to take for this ritual. The ticket price was around 100/- but you need to check the current price.
How to reach Dasarighatta
Dasarighatta is about 10 kms from Tiptur. You can reach Tiptur via Tumkur .
There are plenty of busses from Bangalore to Tiptur. From Bus stand, Auto driver will charge Rs 100/- for one way. Also city buses are available to reach Dasarighatta.
You can reach Tiptur by train. Dasarighatta is around 5km from railway station.
Shri Sadashiva Rudra Temple is a Shiva temple in Dakshina Kannada region of Karnataka, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Despite the fact that the temple’s name is Sadashiva Rudra Devasthana, it is better known as the “Surya” Temple or Surya Temple Ujire.
It is one the the prominent temples of the region and is well know for offerings made of mud (idols).
If any wishes or prayers made by devotees to get rid of their troubles or for the fulfilment of their desires is fulfilled, offer an idol of mud related with their wishes (called Mannina Harake in Kannada).
And there are 2 main temples you ca say at this location. The main Shiva Linga is located between the woods, under a canopy of beautiful green trees, with no roof or walls . Harike bana is the name of the location.
While all of the pooja takes place in the second temple.
Offerings at Sadashiva Rudra Temple
So before making the offerring devotees need to do a sankalp if you are visiting the temple first time, you can only do sankalp.
Once the sankalp you have done is fulfilled then only you can go to the temple and do the offerings to the lord.
The offerings are clay Sculptures ( mud idols). These offerings are available in temple premises . These sculptures are also called as Mannina bombey ( in local language). The cost of these mud sculptors will depend on the what your offerings are.
So for example of you wished for a house and your wish is fulfilled you can offer a house shaped sculpture made up of mud.
So there is a specific mud idol associated with every wish. If you pray for a kid, after you are blessed with a kid, you will need to visit this place and offer a small cradle made of mud.
So when you visit the temple, you will find different idols like this offered by devotees there.
Why Sadashiva Rudra Temple is called Surya temple?
The temple is called as Sadashiva Rudra Devasthanam. But the temple is popularly known as surya temple ujire or the ujire surya temple.
Suryanarayana temple ujire history
So shri Suryanarayana temple ujire has a history which dates back to the 13th Century. The “BANGA” Kings governed the place at the time. The Ujire Surya temple was built with the help of the Banga Kings.
A little inscription near the Nandeeshwara Idol reveals that the temple’s history dates back before the 13th century.
The origin of the name “SURYA” is has an interesting legend behind it.. Once upon a time, a woman and her son were chopping grass when they came across a stone.
As soon as she struck the stone, blood began to ooze from the stone .
The woman called out to her son, “SUREYA,” because she was afraid of seeing blood from the stone.
Following the occurrence, the location was given the name SUREYA, which evolved into “SURIYA” and finally “SURYA” as it is known today.
Surya temple ujire timings
Ujire surya temple timings are from 7.30AM to 2PM and 4PM to 6.30PM only . So please note this and plan your visit accordingly.
Surya temple near Ujire is very near to Ujire bus stop and is around 6 KMs. From Ujire bus stop you can take a taxi or auto to reach the temple. The time taken will be around 15 mins from the bus stop.
Shri Sadashiva Rudra Temple or the Surya temple is quite well connected with the major cities of Karnataka like Bengaluru, Mangalore, Mysuru, Hasan etc
The Namdroling Monastery is a beautiful Buddhist Monastery situated in Bylakuppe. Bylakuppe is the second largest Tibetans settlement in India after Dharamshala. This Buddhist Monastery is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Coorg.
The Namdroling Monastery is the largest teaching centre of the Nyingma lineage of tibetan buddhism in the world .
We recently visited this temple .located near Coorg this place is an amazing place to visit. We hope that this video will increase your interest towards visiting this temple
How to Reach Namdroling Monastery
The best route to reach Namdroling Monastry is via Mysore.
Pratyuangira Devi Temple is located in Bangalore’s Turahalli neighborhood, along Kanakapura Road. Beautiful architecture from the Pandyan dynasty, created in Agama shastra (one of the vedic styles).
There are many Pratyuangira Devi temples in Bangalore. The one in Turahalli is very famous and is visited by people across the city.
Pratyuangira Devi is the goddess who represents all 64 goddesses in Hindu mythology. She is a Hindu Goddess associated with Shakti, Hinduism’s immortal energy concept.
She is characterized as a deity having the face of a lioness and the body of a human. The balance of virtue and evil is represented by this lion-human hybrid.
Pratyangira is primarily envisioned as a protective, ferocious goddess capable of unleashing a torrent of fury and destruction in order to vanquish evil. She is regarded as a formidable protector against the effects of black magic.
Every Amavasya and Pornima, dry red Chiilis homas are held here.
Legend of Goddess Pratyuangira Devi
As per Markandeya Purana, at the start of the Satya yuga, the Lord Narasimha, an avatar of Vishnu, killed the demon King Hiranyakashipu by tearing up his body and drinking his blood.
Lord Narasimha was drunk on rage and could not be stopped because of the anger in Hiranyakashipu’s body and the malicious effects of human blood.
Lord Shiva appeared as Sarabeswara, a bird-animal-human hybrid, to soothe Lord Narasimha with the power of compassion. When Lord Narasimha saw this, he produced Gandaberunda, a two-headed bird who was Sarabeswara’s polar opposite.
When Sarabeshwara saw this, he transformed into Bhairava (Shiva’s ferocious form) and used his third eye to create the goddess Pratyuangira.
Devi Pratyuangira calmed down Lord Narasimha.
Pratyuangira appeared to be flying in the air. Her stature was strong, and she towered over the other gods and goddesses.
She had a thousand lion faces, 2,000 eyes, probably 2,000 hands with multiple weapons, and a thousand tongues, and her head was above the entire sky and her feet well into the down from afar.
Her creation is said to have come with thunder and lightning, and as soon as Narasimha Swami saw her massive figure, he grasped the significance of his duty and quickly left Ugra(roaring) Narsimha avataram for Shanta Narasimha.
Atharvana Bhadrakali – The other form of Goddess PratyuangiraDevi
Atharvana Bhadrakali is another name for Ma Pratyuangira.
For thousands of years, sages and Goddess worshippers have believed that she is the only Goddess capable of removing the effects of black magic and from possessed bodies and restoring them to a magnificent state.
How to reach Pratyuangira Devi Temple in Bangalore
This famous temple is located at below address:
Address of Pratyuangira Devi Temple in Bangalore: Turahalli, Uttarahalli Hobli, Subramanyapura Post, Bengaluru.
Pratyuangira Devi Temple Timings
The temple opens at 6.00 AM morning and closed at 12.00 noon and reopens at 6.00 PM in the evening,
Chokkanathaswamy temple Domlur is one of the oldest temples in the city of Bengaluru, the IT city of India. The temple dates back to the Chola period , that is around 10th century AD.
Where is DomlurChokkanathaswamy temple ?
Domlur is a locality in Bangalore ( namma Bengaluru ). It is very near to IT corridor. The temple is situated in Domlur and hence people also call it as Domlur Chokkanathaswamy temple.
So at the heart of this IT corridor , you will find this ancient i temple with such a rich and enchanting history.
Presiding deity of Chokkanathaswamy temple Domlur
This temple is dedicated to Lord Chokkanathaswamy or Chokka Perumal. Chokkanatha is generally name of Lord Shiva. But actually this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Chokka in Telugu means beautiful.
So the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu ( called as Lord Chokkanathaswamy ). The idols of Lord Vishnu, Sridevi and Bhudevi is there in the Garbhagraha and it is said that these idols are carved out of Shaligrama stone brought from Gandaki river, Nepal.
Chokkanathaswamy temple Bangalore Address
Below is the address of Lord Chokkanathaswamy temple. In case you live in Bengaluru you probably already know about Domlur, it is a well known locality.
Address Chokkanathaswamy temple Domlur: 5th Cross Road, Opposite Sony World, Village Domlur, 2nd stage Indiranagar, BDA Colony, Domlur Village, Domlur, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560071.
The temple is built on a high base, with various prominent sculptures and ornamental features throughout the temple complex. You will also see Vijayanagara style Navaranga, and pillars here!
You will find that the pillars depict scenes of kolata, the fight between Vali and Sugreeva and demi gods.
The temple you see today has been rebuilt several times.
The Inscriptions in the sanctum sanctorum and the Navaranga walls as well as the name Chokka Perumal, suggests that the temple is of Chola times and hence around 10th century AD !
You will find Lord Vishnu’s Dashavatharas etched on the pillars in front of the temple. The inscriptions are in Kannada but the language is Tamil. Domlur is referred to as Tombalur in these inscriptions!
So as I said before, all these inscriptions suggest that the temple belongs to the time of Cholas.
A Tamil inscription dated 1270 A.D. on a door frame states that the doors were donated by one Alagiyar and another inscription says of donation by one Talaikattu and one more inscription in Kannada dated 1290 A.D. states that Poysala Vira Ramanada made donations to the temple.
It is said that Cholas are the ones to bring Vaishnavisam to Karnataka. Hoysala king Vishnuvardhan who brought it to the heartland of Gangavadi around 1116.
Chokkanathaswamy temple pranic energy
Another interesting feature is the pranic energy spots in the temple. It is said that certain places in the temple you will find pranic energy ( i.e cosmic energy ) and if one meditates in these places they can feel the energy.
You must have heard of Sugreeva, the monkey king from Ramayana. But do you know that there is a temple dedicated to him in namma Bengaluru? I am talking about Sugreeva venkateshwara temple !
What is unique about Sugreeva venkateshwara temple
This temple is dedicated to one of the very important character of Ramayana, that is Monkey king Sugreeva. And hence this temple holds a great religious importance.
As per legend Sugreeva and is army of monkeys assisted Lord Rama during the Lanka war where Lord Rama defeated and killed the demon king Ravana.
But the temple is very unique in the sense that one it is dedicated to Sugreeva as I said before, but also it has idols of both Sugreeva and Lord Venkateshwara ( Lord Vishnu ).
In this temple, there are 2 idols with idol of Sugreeva with folded hands. This idol faces the idol of Lord Venkateshwara.
A cursory glance would lead one to believe that the idol is that of Lord Hanuman, but a closer examination reveals that there are two fangs protruding from the mouth, which is the main difference between this idol and Lord Hanuman’s idol.
The inner shrine, which is located on the Balepet main road, houses a lovely deity of Lord Venkateshwara on a pedestal.
Sugreeva’s six-foot-tall idol bears a striking resemblance to Hanuman. The only thing that distinguishes it from Hanuman are the large fangs on either side of the mouth.
In two distinct temples built for them, Lord Venkateshwara and Sugreeva face each other.
Lord Venkateshwara is consecrated in the temple facing the smaller door and this also I find very unique.
According to the local legends, the Sugreeva’s statue was submerged in the Kempambudhi tank, and one of the devotees had a dream telling him to raise it from the water and install it in the temple.
According to locals, Kempegowda-I got this temple constructed for the Uppara community.
Where is Sugreeva venkateshwara temple Bangalore located ?
The temple is located in the busy locality of Balepet Main Road which is in the Majestic area of Bangalore.
Sugreeva venkateshwara temple Address:
133, Balepete Main Rd, Balepete, Chickpet, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560053
Friends, if I tell you about a temple which is related to Lord Rama and Lord Parshuram, wouldn’t you like to visit visit it. I am talking about Shri Kodandarama Temple which is situated at Hiremagalur village in Chikmagalur town of karnataka.
Kondand means bow and arrow. And since lord Rama’s idol is with bow and arrow, this temple is called as Kodandarama Temple.
Shri Kodandarama Temple is a thousands of year old temple, but the legend behind the temple goes back to the times of Lord Rama and Lord Parshurama.
It is said that the idol of Lord Rama here with Ma Sita and Lakshman is from that time and the worship tradition followed here is more than thousands and thousands of year old.
This beautiful Lord Rama temple is a must visit Lord Rama temple in country and one of the prominent temples of the region.
The construction of this temple seems to have been done during different times and different dynasties. And hence you can see both Hoysala architecture and Dravidian Architecture.
The village pond is known as Siddha Pushkarini because it is said that nine siddhas performed penance here.
Since Lord Vishnu’s incarnation, Parashurama, is said to have lived here, the town is also known as Bhargavapuri.
Legend behind shri Kodandarama Temple
As per local legend , Lord Rama subdued bhagwan Parshuram at this place of Hiremaglur.
Lord Parshuram requested Lord Rama to show him the scene of his (Lord Rama’s) marriage. Lord Ram granted him this wish.
And this is why we see here that Ma Sita is on the right hand side of Lord Rama, as it is in Hindu marriages.
This is probably the only idol where you see Ma Sita on the right hand side of Lord Rama.
Kodandarama Temple Architecture
The temple premises is surrounded by brick and mortar wall. The temple is a very ancient one and what we see today is the main temple where pooja is done.
The Garbhagraha i.e the main place where Lord Rama, Ma Sita and Lakshmans idol is placed was constructed during Hoysala times while others during Chola and Chalukyas times. The navaranga and mukhamandapa were constructed later.
Inside the sanctum, on a Hanuman pedestal, there are the figures of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita.
Figures of Vishnu in various forms, such as Hayagriva, Narasimha, and Krishna, are sculpted on the outer walls of the Garbhagraha and Sukhanasi. Lakshmi, Hanuman, Garuda, and Ganapati are also depicted.
Shri Kodandarama Temple timings
The temple is open from 5.00 AM to 12.00 in the noon. Temple is closed till 4.00 PM and then again remains open from 4.00 PM to 9.00 PM in the evening.
How to reach Kodandarama Temple
Kodandarama Temple is in Hiremaglur locality of Chikmaglaur.
Chikmaglur is very well connected to Bangalore / Mangalore and many other cities. You can take bus to reach Chikamaglur or you can also drive down.
The Bangalore – Mangalore highway is a nice drive and if you are travelling from Bangalore it will not take more than 5 to 6 hours and from Mangalore, it can be covered in 4 hours.
The temple is approximately 9 kms from KSRTC bus stand. You can easily get an auto from bus stand to the temple. The fare is approx Rs 80 /- to and fro.
Don’t have time to visit Shri Tirupathi Venkateswara temple at Tirupathi. We have 3 temples around Bangalore, dedicated to Sri Venkateshwara Swamy or Lord Balaji temples around Bangalore. Let us look at these beautiful temples.
Bangaru Tirupati Temple – Kolar – Karnataka
In the list of Lord Balaji temples around Bangalore, first I will take you to Kolar.
This temple called as Bangaru Tirupati temple which is based in the Kolar region of Karnataka. The temple is not very far from Bangalore. So this temple is around 100 Kms from Bangalore and will take around 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours.
Roads are very good throughout and what more, kolar has so much to offer that you can visit so many temples around Kolar.
Apart from Bangaru tirupati, you can visit Kotilingeshwar Temple, Avani Temple, Anthargange temple, Someshwara temple, Kolaramma temple, Kurudumale Ganesha temple, Kanipakkam temple.
So you see there are many temple around Kola which you can visit. For all the temples near Kolar you can read more at this blog. ( Temples in Kolar = > Click Here )
Also we have a small video on this temple which you can visit here.
Chikka Tirupati – Malur – Bangalore – Karnataka
So in my list of Lord Balaji temples around Bangalore I will bring you back to Malur location of Bangalore. This location is around 10 Kms from Sarjapura and you can say it is near to Whitefield , sarjapura and Hoskote area.
The temple is a very beautiful temple with a very interesting story around this temple. I have written another blog post after I have visited this temple and you can read about this temple here – You can read more about the temple here
This is a very famous temple in this area and it is said that visiting this temple is considered same as visiting Lord Balaji at tirupati.
People come here for Mundan. Temple is very near to Bangalore and a must visit temple if you are residing in Bangalore.
We have a video around this temple which you can visit as below:
Dakshin Tirupati – Hosur – Tamil Nadu
And in my list of Lord Balaji temples around Bangalore I will take you to Hosur. In Hosur on a small hill top there is a very small temple, called as Dakshin Tirupathi.
The temple is very beautiful and the view from the top of the hill is amazing. So do visit this temple. It is located in Hosur Tamil Nadu and is very well connected to Bangalore. The temple will be around 54 Kms from Bangalore and will take approx 1 hr 30 mins.
The good thing is that you can also club your visit with Shri Chandra Chiodeswarar Temple which is also a very famous temple of the region.
A sacred hill located at 50 kms from Bangalore, known as Ramadevara Betta has this ancient temple called as Lord Pattabhirama temple.
It is said that the idol of Lord Rama exists here from the times of Ramayan and the idol was installed here by no other than the monkey king – Sugreeva. Hence this place is called as Ramadevara Betta.
Ramadevara Betta Location ( Ramanagara Hills )
Ramadevara Betta means Ramadevara hill and the hill gets its name from Lord Rama and hence the village at the foot hills is known as Ramanagara.
But, Ramanagara is also famous for two other things. Ramanagara Hills is famous for
Ramanagara is known as silk city of India and this area id famous for silk production
And Ramanagara Hills – this place also got its fame due to the film Sholay. The village depicted in movie Sholay is at this foot hills and the movie’s scene were shot on these hills.
But let us more concentrate on the history of Ramadevara Betta ( Ramanagara Hills )
Legend of Lord Pattabhirama at Ramadevara Betta
There are 2 stories which talk about this place.
The end of Sukhasura
As per one of the stories, after defeating Ravana, Lord Rama, along with Ma Sita and Lakshmana, returned to Ayodhya.
A grand ceremony was held in Ayodhya after Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya.
Lord Rama was king of Ayodhya and a grand celebration took place. The monkey king sugreeva was also present there and saw Lord Rama sitting on the throne with Ma Sita on one side and Lord Hanuman and Lakshman standing on other side.
Sugreeva wished that he could capture this moment and worship lord Rama in king form throughout and hence he got the statue of his diety lord Ram carved in a stone with Ma Sita on the left hand side and Lakshman and Hanuman on the other side.
While taking this idol back to his Kingdom Kishkindha, when he reached this place, he was attacked by a demon named Sukhasura and a strong fight erupted between them. To fight the demon Sugreev had to keep the idol on the ground.
In the fight , Sukhsura was defeated, but after defeating Sukhasura when Sugreev tried to lift the idol, it did not move.
After some time a akashwani was heard ( accouncement from sky) that Lord Wished to be here. Hearing this Sugreeva installed the idol here and since then this place is called as Ramanagara and the hills is called as Ramadevara Betta and Lord Ram is called as Lord Pattabhirama.
End of Kakasura
As per another legend, during their exile, Lord Rama and Ma Sita visited this place and Lord Ram was resting, while Ma Sita was sitting next to him.
Lord Ram was in sleep when the king of crows name as Kakasura attacked Ma Sita. Not wanting to disturb Lord Rama, Ma Sita tolerated the pain. But a drop of her blood fell on Lord Rama.
This disturbed Lord Rama and he woke up. Seeing the wound of Ma Sita, he got very angry. He got some darbha grass and made a arrow out of it and shoot it on Kakasura.
Kakasura got scared and approached Lord Bramha and Lord Shiva for help. But they advised Kakasura to go back to Lord Rama and ask for his forgiveness as he only has the power to stop this arrow.
Kakasura then approached Lord Ram and asked for forgiveness. Lord Rama, forgave the crow, however he asked the crow to sacrifice a part of his body to the arrow to stop it.
Kakasura sacrificed his left eye and it is said that since then all the crows cannot see from left eye.
As per local legend from that time , no crow has been seen in this region.
How to reach Ramadevara Betta ( Lord Pattabhirama temple )
The temple at Ramadevara Betta is in Ramanagara, the silk city of India.
Ramanagara is around 50 Kms from Bangalore. It is on Bangalore Mysore highway.
If you put Ramadevara Betta google maps it will take you straight to the parking lot.
You can also map – Sholay Shooting Point, Ramanagara. It will also lead you there.
This region lies in a vulture sanctuary and hence this place is also called as RamadevarabettaVultureSanctuary or RamanagaraVulture Sanctuary. At the gate of sanctuary you need to by an entry ticket which will be around Rs 75 / – ( four wheeler)
Ramadevara Betta ( Ramanagara Hills ) climb
The climb from bottom to top of the hill is around 600 steps.
The climb is not steep and the steps are well paved and painted colorfully. It might be that during summer times this becomes a challenge hence there are shades and sitting places provide.
But there is greenery all around and view from top is just amazing.
It takes around 30 mins for the climb.
On the way you will pass a small temple of Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman.
Opposite to main temple there is a elevated rock on which another small temple is built which is called as Shri Rameshwara Swamy temple. There is a view point next to this temple.
The sorrounding view from this view point is just amazing.
Sita Devi Pond
There is a pond below the main temple. It is a huge and a very beautiful pond,
But this pond is barricaded and no one can go near the pond.
it is said that the depth of the pond is not known.
Over all, it is a very sacred and interesting place to visit. The idol of Lord Rama is from times of Ramayana and hence it makes this hill and sacred place to visit.
The existing temple around the idol is said to be more than 1000 years old.
Watch our video about this temple on youtube
So friends, do visit this temple when you find some time.
So friends, I hope that you liked this information – Temples in Chikkaballapur ( Temples near Bangalore ). This place is not very far from Bangalore and very well connected to all parts of Bangalore city.
Hope you are able to find some time and visit these beautiful temples which are also historically significant temples.