Meenakshi Temple

Meenakshi Temple – A must visit temple on Bannerghatta Raod, Bengaluru

Friends, I happen to visit Shri Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple which is located on Bannerghatta road. The temple is on the way to Bannerghatta National park and is a must visit if you are travelling towards Bannerghatta for a visit.

This beautiful temple is around 15kms from Bengaluru city center. Banerghatta is a very popular tourist spot and this temple is on the way to Bannerghatta and is just on the main road.

Bannerghatta has other 3 very ancient temples – you can read more on that here or click on the link at the bottom of this article.

Hence this temple is easily accessible.

meenakshi temple, bannerghatta road

About Shri Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple

In the presence of the Guru Sri Tirchi Mahaswamy, this temple was built in 1993 by Sri.Narayana Reddy. The temple’s massive Gopuram features amazing carvings.

Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareshwara, a manifestation of Lord Shiva, are worshipped here.

The tenple also has the idols of Navagraha, Lord Ganesha, Lord AyyapaSwamy, Lord Subramanya, lord Chandikeshwara, Lord Hanuman, Surya, Chandra, and Lord Venkateshwara.

Shri Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple timings

  • Temple is open between 06:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the morning and between 04:00 PM to 08:30 PM at evening
  • The temple is open on all days.
  • Abhishekam time
    • 07:00 to 08:30 in the morning.
    • 05:00 to 06:00 PM in the evening.

3 Ancient temple in Bannerghatta:

So after visiting this temple, you can also plan to visit the Shri Champakdham Swamy temple, Shri Narashimha Swamy temple and Shri Suvarnamukhi Kalyani and temple which are 3 very ancient temples located in Bannerghjatta.

You can click on the link above to know more about that trip.

Another good thing is that , just in the from of Meekashi Temple, you will also see Royal Meenakshi Mall which is quite a big mall in that area and can be a nice visit for kids. It has lot of shopping and food options.

So do plan tp visit the temple and also can plan for mall visit.

So how to reach Shri Meenakshi Temple.

The temple is located on Bannerghatta Main road and hence it is very much accessible.

There are direct buses from different parts of Bangalore going to Bannerghatta. Also you can come to Silk Board bus stop and then take bus, auto or taxi from there.

So the temple is quite easily accessible.

Also note that parking is available in front of the temple, but temple is quite crowded over the weekends and hence parking can be a challenge.

So you can also park you car in the mall and walk down to the temple. The walking distance is approximately 250 meters.

This temple is around 10kms before the Bannerghatta zoo and Shri Champak Dham Swamy temple.

So if you plan early you can actually cover other temples and Bannerghatta Zoo in a single day.

You can also watch this video, will be helpful if you are travelling that side:

Have a blessed darshan!

Antharagange Temple – The Dakshin Kashi

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.

Antharagange Temple - The Dakshin Kashi

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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.

Antharagange Temple - The Dakshin Kashi
steps to Antharagange temple

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.

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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.

Antharagange Temple - The Dakshin Kashi

So do visit this temple and take the blessings of Shri Kashi Visheshwara.

Do let us know your feedback!

trek to top of hill

Have a blessed day!


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Kolaramma Temple – Kolar – Karnatka – a beautiful 1000 year old temple

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)

Kolaramma temple Kolar

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.

Kolaramma Temple
View of temple premises

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.

Kolaramma Temple
Kolaramma Temple
Carving on the walls

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.

Kolaramma Temple
Ganesha temple (near kolaramma temple)

Kolaramma Temple Timings:

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

  1. Bangalore -> Hoskote -> Kolar -> Kolaramma temple : Mainly on national highway (NH75)
  2. Bangalore -> Sarjapura – >Malur -> Kolar – > Kolaramma temple

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.

Do feedback your comments!

Happy Darshan!

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Kempamma Devi Temple

Kempamma Devi Temple – A powerfur devi temple near Bajaguru, Tiptur

Kempamma devi temple is one of the very powerful devi temples in the district of Tumkur ( also called as Tumkuru ), Karnataka.

The temple is located in a vilage called as Bajagaru.

Bajaguru is a Village in Tiptur Taluk in Tumkur District of Karnataka.

Bajaguru is a veru religious place and is surrounded by 4 devi temples.

  • Kempamma temple
  • Kollapuramma temple
  • Mulgattama temple
  • Ballekere Amma Temple

People visit Kempamma temple to pray for solving health related issues while Kollapuramma is famous for solving wealth related problems.

People do “madalakki seve” here.

Mulagattamma is famous for solving land related problems.

People take the sand of snake house to thier home & do the pooja’s regularly and once your problem is solved then they have to return it back to the temple.

So this place is amazing and these four devi temples are very famous in this region. If you are planning to visit Tumkur, you can definitely plan to visit these temples.

Make sure that you also check the temple open timings.

How to reach Kempamma Devi Temple

To reach Kempamma Devi Temple Tumkur, you need to reach Bajagaru village. The temple is located in Bajaguru village of Tiptur taluk in Tumkuru distrrict.

Temple address:

Bajagur, Tiptur, Karnataka, India 572224

How to reach Bajaguru:

Bajaguru is about 15 kms from Tiptur. One can reach Tiptur via Tumkur from Bangalore.

By Rail

There is no railway station in Bajaguru. Near Tiptur you have 2 railway station – Tiptur railway station and Shri Sharda Nagar Railway station. From there you can take a auto to reach the temple.

By Road

Tiptur , Turuvekere are the nearby by towns to Bajaguru having road connectivity to Bajaguru. There are plenty of busses ply to Tiptur from Bangalore .

Kempamma devi tumkur temple timings

Tue:9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Fri:9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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Mukthi Naga Temple

Shri Mukthi Naga Temple, Ramohalli, Bangalore

Shri Mukthi Naga Temple also called as Mukthi Naga Kshetra is a very important temple dedicated to the serpent diety, Naga devata.

The temple you see today is a newly built building, but the temple has a history of more than 200 years old.

As per legend, the Naga devata used to reside in a ant hill, also called as “Hutta” in local language and devotees used to make 9 pradakshinas around the anthill.

It is a belief that by doing this, their desires gets fulfilled with in 90 days.

People here also call this place as “Junjappana Bayalu” i.e Junjappa’s Field.

The Mukti Naga temple is a temple complex of may other gods and goddesses.

You will find Sri Kaaryasiddhi (work fulfilling) Vinayaka temple which is dedicated to lord Ganesha.

Next to Mukti Naga temple is another temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya in Naga avatar.

On the left hand side of Sri Karya Siddhi Vinayaka temple, there’s a huge monolithic statue of Shakthi Dhara Subrahmanya. This idol is about 21 feet tall and weighs around 56 tons.

Then are devi temples with in the tempe complex.

With in the temple complexes you will also find around 107 sculptures of Nagas are kept in a covered passage and with 1 large 7 hooded Naga at the center of the top row.

Mukthi Naga Temple

Even today, Devotees first do pradakshinas around the anthill, and then go to the Sri Karya Siddhi Vinayaka temple.

After which only they offer prayers in the Mukthi Naga temple.

There is a small temple office from where you can buy pooja tickets, prasadam and some literature related to the temple

History of Mukthi Naga Temple

According to the legend, the Dharmadikari Sri Subramanya Shastri, felt the divine presence at Kukke Subramanya.

After that, he began looking for a specific Naga shrine.

After some time, he came to this Junjappana Bayalu and realised that it was a significant location.

He then built this temple here.

However the balding you see today is the new building.

The main idol of Serpent God Mukthi Naga is around 16ft tall and it is one of the biggest monolithic Naga idols in India.

People believe that the Nava Devata or the serpent god has been guarding this region.

Muktinaga temple open timings

Monday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Special Mukti Naga temple Puja offerings are provided on Sundays and Tuesdays.

Special Pooja’s performed at Shri Muktinaga temple

  • Saparivara Seva
  • Ksheerabhisheka
  • Mahabhisheka
  • Sarpasamskara

Nagara Panchami most important festival celebrated here.

Sarpadosha Nivarana Poojas

  • Sarpa dosha parihara (overcome serpent curse) poojas,
  • Nagapratiste (install Naga Idol),
  • Ashlesha Bali,
  • Pradoshapooje, etc.

Shrines at Mukthi Naga Temple:

  1. Shri Kaaryasiddhi Vinayaka Temple
  2. Shri Aadi-Muktinaga Temple
  3. Shri Muktinaga Temple
  4. Shri Subramanya Temple
  5. Shri Patalamma Devi
  6. Shri Kalabhairava Temple
  7. Nagabana

How to reach Mukti Naga Temple

The temple is at a distance of 18Km’s from Majestic bus station.

There is another attraction near this place, called as the Big Banyan Tree and the distance from Big Banyan Tree is about 3KM.

The temple is very near to Ramohalli bus stand – approx 1 KM

If you are travelling by car then you need to cross Kanegri ( Mysore Road) and take Big Banyan Tree Road – you need to travel for around 5Kms to reach this temple.

You can also take public transport to reach the temple. You can take BMTC bus 227Y from Majestic bus stop to reach this temple.

You can also take 401KB which stops in front of the temple.

Please do check the route no and timings again as they might change as well.

Address of shree Mukti Naga Temple

Shri Mukti Naga Kshetra , Ramohalli,

Big Banyan Tree Road, Kengeri, Bangalore – 560 060

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Pratyuangira Devi Temple

Pratyuangira Devi Temple , Bangalore

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 Pratyuangira Devi

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,

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Chokkanathaswamy temple

Chokkanathaswamy temple Domlur – Ancient temple with Pranic (cosmic) energy points

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 Domlur Chokkanathaswamy 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.

Chokkanathaswamy temple Domlur

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.

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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.

Chokkanathaswamy temple Bangalore – Interesting facts

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.

This is really amazing !

A few meters away from this temple is an Anjaneya Temple whose head is said to be beneath the feet of this Chokkanatha Swamy deity.

Chokkanathaswamy temple timings

Monday 6:00 am – 11:00 am, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tuesday 6:00 am – 11:00 am, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday 6:00 am – 11:00 am, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday 6:00 am – 11:00 am, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday 6:00 am – 11:00 am, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday 6:00 am – 11:00 am, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday 6:00 am – 11:00 am, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Chokkanathaswamy temple Domlur Story

As per local legend it is said that a great sage did intense penance at this place to get the blessings of Lord vishnu for the benefits of people here.

Lord Vishnu was pleased by his penance and informed the sage to install his Divya vigraham for people to worship.

It was also mentioned that all should not forget the “Anthima Smruthi” at the time of death to acheive “Paramapada Mooksham”.

So the moola vigraham was installed at a high place so that it can receive the radiance of cosmic energy and radiate in all eight directions at all times.

The temple is built in such a way that it is at high place and the sun rays fall on the on the main deity at sunrise.

This is more visible during Uttarayana and Dakshinayana .

This is a very powerful and old temple and posses pranic energy ( cosmic energy ) and is a must visit !

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Sugreeva venkateshwara temple, Bangalore

Sugreeva venkateshwara temple, Bangalore – An ancient and unknown temple of Bangalore

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.

Sugreeva venkateshwara temple, Bangalore

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

Sugreeva venkateshwara temple Timings:

Monday6.00 AM to 11.30 AM – 3.00 PM to 8.30 PM
Tuesday 6.00 AM to 11.30 AM – 3.00 PM to 8.30 PM
Wednesday 6.00 AM to 11.30 AM – 3.00 PM to 8.30 PM
Thursday 6.00 AM to 11.30 AM – 3.00 PM to 8.30 PM
Friday 6.00 AM to 11.30 AM – 3.00 PM to 8.30 PM
Saturday 6.00 AM to 11.30 AM – 3.00 PM to 8.30 PM
Sunday 6.00 AM to 11.30 AM – 3.00 PM to 8.30 PM

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Temples dedicated to Sri Venkateswara Swamy ( Lord Balaji) – Lord Balaji temples around Bangalore

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.

Lord Balaji temples around Bangalore
Bangaru Tirupati Temple

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 )

Anyway do read more about Shri Bangaru tirupati temple , You can read more the temple 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.

Lord Balaji temples around Bangalore

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.

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Ramadevara Betta

Ramadevara Betta – Ancient Rama temple from Ramayana times – Ramanagara Hills

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 Ramadevarabetta Vulture Sanctuary 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.

Ramadevara Betta ( Ramanagara Hills ) climb

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.

Sita Devi pond at Ramadevara Betta ( Ramanagara Hills )

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.

Jai Shri Ram!

Temples in Chikkaballapur ( Temples near Bangalore )

Are you looking for a one day temples near Bangalore. Below are temples near Bangalore and these are temples in Chikkaballapur.

Chikkaballapur or also called as Chikkaballapura is a small town not very far from Bangalore.

It is very near to Bangalore International airport in Devanhalli. The drive to Chikkaballapura is around 1 hr 30 mins from Bangalore.

There are many temples in chikkaballapur which are of religious and historical importance. Below are temple in Chikkaballapur which you can plan for.

You can cover all the temples in single day as well if you plan well.

What our video on this topic on youtube

These temples which I talk about below are some of the very famous temples near Bangalore .

Famous temples in chikkaballapur

So let us look at some important temples of this region which you should visit.

Vir Anjaneya temple

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A newly built temple located at the entrance of Chikkballapur.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Anjaneya (Lord Hanuman) and temple architecture is similar to other temples of South India.

The goupram of the temple is quite impressive and as soon as you enter the temple premises, you will find the main temple with Lord Hanuman idol.

The Lord Anjaneya idol is a old one, but the temple has been built new. So it looks new, but the temple existed well before.

Inside premises of the temple is quite big, it is a grand temple and a good visit.

Please follow this link to read more

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple (Rangasthala )

Temples in Chikkaballapur

Sri Ranganathaswamy temple is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha and is one of the very important Temples in Chikkaballapur.

Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Lord Ranganatha here. The temple is also called as Rangasthala.

The idol of Lord Ranganatha is 4.5 feet in length with Bhoo devi and Neela Devi sitting near the leg.

Lord is in Yoga Nidra and his Shesha (Lord Vishnu’s Snake) is spreading his hoods like an umbrella and Vainatheyan is sitting below.

There are many very important temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Karnataka. This temple is one of them.

The temple architecture is very impressive as with all other historical temples of South India.

The temple premises is quite huge and the main temple is inside the premises. The gopuram ( or the main entrance is quite big).

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Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple

If you are in Bangalore you are not unaware of Nandi Hills.

Nandi Hills is probably the most visit tourist places near Bangalore and offer a beautiful view of the city from the top. But Nandi hills region is also famous for two very old and important temples.

One of them is called as Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple which is at the bottom of the hill, while the other one is called as Yoga Nandeeshwara , which is at the top of the hill.

These two temples are some of the very famous temples near Bangalore

Temples in Chikkaballapur

Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple as mentioned before is a very old temple dedicated to lord Shiva at the foot of Nandi hills.

This is one of the oldest temples of Karnatka and is more than a 1000 years old.

The temple premise is huge and has 3 main temples –

  • Arunachaleswara,
  • Uma Maheshwara and
  • Bhoga Nandeeshwara.

The temple premises is actually very big with a huge lawn in front of temple and hence it is very good place for kids as well. Then can run around and have some good time.

But the temple is very old and beautiful and one should visit this temple, if you are planning for a trip to Nandi Hills.

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Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple

Temples in Chikkaballapur

Yoga Nandeeshwara temple is situated at the top of Nandi Hills. As I have mentioned before, out of the 2 temples, Bhoga and Yoga Nandeeshwara, this is the second one located at the top of the hill.

This is another very old and beautiful temple of Lord Shiva and one of the oldest temples in the region.

The temple was built by cholas.

The temple is supposed to be more than 1000 years old. The presiding deity of this temple is lord shiva.

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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.

Have a blessed trip!


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Sri Parshwanath Sushil Dham and Sri Suswani Mataji Dham – Famous temples on Hosur Road – Bangalore

You would have crossed Hosur road many a times and would have noticed a beautiful temple made in white stone and marble and if you go a little bit further you will notice another newly built temple in red stone. Friends we are talking about Sri Parshwanath Sushil Dham and Sri Suswani Mataji Dham, the two famous Jain temples on Hosur Road Bangalore.

Don’t have time to read through – Have a look at the video for more all the information.

Famous Jain temple on Hosur Road – Bangalore – Near Electronics City

Sri Parshwanath Sushil Dham – Famous Jain temples on Hosur Road Bangalore

Famous Jain temples on Hosur Road Bangalore

This beautiful Jain Teerath Dham, was built in 1990’s and has since been a landmark on Hsour raod. This place is around 15 mins from Electronics city, the famous IT area of Bangalore.

This Jain teerth was built by the Surana family, and the central deity of this temple is Shankeshwar Parshwanath Ji and a Dadavadi of “Sushil Suriji” marasaheb.

Famous Jain temples on Hosur Road Bangalore

The temple is built in beautiful white stone and marble and the architecture is beautiful one which is seen in all the Jain temples across the country.

Famous Jain temples on Hosur Road Bangalore

There is a Bhojan Shala where you get tasty food. As with Jain tradition, the food is served till 7.00 PM only. Also there is a Dharamshala with in the premises.

Famous Jain temples on Hosur Road Bangalore

There is also a small measeum in the premises.

It is a must visit temple if you are in city.

Sri Suswani Mataji Dham

This is the second Jain temple, just 500 meters from the Sri Parswanath Sushil dham. Again a beautiful temple, built in red stone the temple is dedicate to Suswani mata ji and also have idols of Sri Osiyan Mata, Sri Ambe ma.

There is also a beautiful Shiva temple is premises.

Famous Jain temples on Hosur Road Bangalore

Its a newly built temple is worth a visit.

How to reach Sri Parshwanath Sushil Dham temple

  • The temple is on main Hosur road.
  • If you are travelling towards Hosur, it will be on your side (ie. left hand side)

So friends, do take some time out over the weekend and visit these 2 beautiful temples.

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Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple and Sri Lakshmi Narshimha Swamy temple – Banerghatta – Bangalore

How many time have you visited Banerghatta National Park / Zoo. If you are in Bangalore, I am pretty sure that you must have visited Banerghatta once during your stay here. Today I am going to tell you about a very famous temple in Bangalore near Bannerghatta. Called as Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple ( or champakadhama temple ) is a very special temple.

Did you know about this temple ? It is a very old temple built during Hoysala dynasty situated just before the Banerghatta zoo?

Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple also known as sri champakadhama swamy devalaya is a very very famous temple in bannerghatta.

Champakadhama temple is a historical temple which we tend to miss. A must visit temple near Banerghatta Zoo.

So let us talk about this bannerghatta temple today. It is one the oldest temple, situated just before the huge granite hill.

Infact you will see two temples one at the starting of the hill and one at the top of the hill.

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Granite hill

The one below is called as Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple and once at the top of the hill is called as Sri Lakshmi Narshimha Swamy temple.

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Front View – Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple
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Gopuram of Lakshminarashimha temple

The temple was built in 12th Century during the rule of Hoysala Dynasty and hence this temple is of historical importance as well. Apart from being a important place for worhsip, this temple also plays a impoartant role in community building.

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Side view – Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple

Please note that photography is not allowed with in the Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple

OK, how to reach Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple?

Temple is just before the Banerghatta National park. While travelling from Bangalore, you can take Banerghatta Road to reach Banerghatta.

If you are staying in Electronics City / Anekal or Sarjapura area, you can take NICE road and this way you can avoid city traffic. You can exit at Banerghatta.

As soon as you reach Banerghatta junction (“Y”), you have one road , the left one going to Zoo. You need to take the right one. You will see an arch. Take that road. The temple gopuram is visible from far, so you cannnot miss it.

Go straight and you will reach the temple parking area. Enough place to park there.

The temple gopuram itlself is majestic. This is Sri Champakadhama Swamy temple. Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Sri Champakadhama Swamy here. The lord is called Sri Champakadhama Swamy because it is a tradition here to offer Champak flower (Sapinge flower) to lord. There is also idol of ma Lakshmi inside the temple.

As soon as you come out of temple, from backside of the temple, there are steps which goes to top of the hill. There are around 200 steps and not very steep. Easy to climb. These steps lead to Sri Lakshmi Narashma temple at the top of the hill.

Starting of steps leading to Sri LakshmiNarashimha temple

The view from top is amazing as well. It is also said that around 2 kms from here is Suvarnamukhi pond (kalyani) and water here has medicinal properties. But we could not go there. We will plan for it next time.

Steps leading to Sri Lakshmi Narashimha temple

sri champakadhama swamy devalaya timings / bannerghatta temple timings

Then temple timings are 6 to 12.00 and then 4 to 7.00 PM so plan accordingly.

The zoo opens at 9.00 AM and hence you can plan to reach this place by 8.00 AM.

Spend an hour or so at the bannerghatta temple and then you can visit zoo as well.

Some views from top of hill:

Backside view of sri Champakadhama temple
Backside view of Sri Champakadhama swamy temple
Banerghatta from top
Sri Lakshmi Narashimha temple

This is such a beautiful temple, just before the zoo and we tend to miss it.

Please do visit this temple once and you will want to visit it again and again. It is such a divine feeling here!

So do share you experience. Have a blessed visit!


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Five famous temples in Bangalore you should not miss

Bangalore, the IT city, called as silicon valley of India is a big commercial hub. But namma Bengaluru has a rich cultural heritage. Apart from the famous IT parks, Bangalore also has many old temples dating back to thousand of years. Today we look at the five famous temples in Bangalore which you should not miss if you are visiting the city.

Below are our list of five famous temples in Bangalore (old and new)

So below is our list of famous temples in Bangalore which you are definitely going to love. Wish you a very happy darshan !

I) Bull temple bangalore ( Dodda Basavana Gudi temple) & Dodda Ganesha Temple

Bull temple bangalore, one of the most famous temples in Bangalore, this temple is dedicated to Nandi, the vahana of Lord Shiva. The Nandi statue in the temple is almost 15 feet and is one of the largest Nandi Statues in the world. The interesting fact about this statue is that it is carved out of single rock.

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image courtesy: sarvagnya (link to wikipedia)

Every year during the last Monday/Tuesday of the month of Karthik a huge groundnut fair is held at this temple. This fair is also called as Kadalekaye Parishe Festival.

In the same premises we also fine Dodda Ganesha temple, also called as Shakti Ganapthi is also one of the largest Ganesha statue in Bangalore.

So do visit this temple in Basavangudi when you find time.

Location: Basavangudi, Bull Temple Road
Visiting Hours: 6 am to 12 pm & 5.30 pm to 9 pm

II) Kempfort Shiva Temple – shiva temple in bangalore

This is a fairly new temple, but a famous shiva temple in bangalore. This temple was built in 1995 and is one of the main attractions on old airport road in Bangalore. The temple is located near the locality called as Murgeshpallya. The Shiva statue is quite big and there is also a cave in the temple premises which has miniature statues of 12 Jyotirlingas.

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Kempfort Shiva Temple – old airport road, Bangalore

You can also do some good shopping at the shopping mall in the front of the temple.

Location: Old Airport Road, Behind Kemp Fort mall, Bengaluru.

III) Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple

One of the oldest and famous temples in Bangalore, this is also one of the most visited temples in Bangalore. It is a cave temple and is said to be built in 16th century. People say that this temple is made up of a single rock.

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
image courtesy : Pavithrah link to wikipedia

The interesting thing about this temple is presence of stone discs which is an architectural marvel. It allows the sun rays to pass through and fall on the shrine during certain day of the year.

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
image courtesy : Pavithrah link to wikipedia

This temple is also famous for idol of Lord Agni, which also is a rare idol with 2 heads and 3 legs.

Location: Gavipura, Kempegowda Nagar
Visiting Hours: 7.30 am to 12 pm &5 pm to 8.30 pm

IV) Bangalore Iskcon temple

This is again a fairly new temple. Bangalore iskcon temple is a large an imposing structure, this temple was built in 1997. ISKCON bangalore is one of the largest ISKCON temples in world. This temple is located in Rajajinagar area of North Bengaluru and is one of the must visit temples, if you are in town.

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Dedicated to Lord Krishna, you will find beautiful idols for Lord in the temple and you can participate in various temple activities. Do visit bangalore iskcon temple when you find some time!

Location: Rajajinagar
Timings: 4.15 am to 5 am, 7.15 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 8.30 pm

V) Halasuru Someshwara Temple

Located in Ulsoor locality of Bangalore, this is also one of the oldest temples of Bangalore. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was created during Chola rule and hence is one of the oldest temples of the region.

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By Dineshkannambadi – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

All these temples are so nice to visit. Both new and old we have tried to give you list of temples which you should try to visit if you are in town!

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Have a blessed darshan!


Rajarajeshwari & Hanuman Temple – Attibele – Bangalore

I have seen “Rajarajeshwari & Hanuman temple – Attibele – Bangalore”, every time I have crossed Attibele and always wanted to visit it.

I was fortunate enough to visit this temple this weekend.

Attibele is suburb of Bangalore. Located on Bangalore Hosur highway, this place has got superb connectivity from Bangalore and connects Bangalore to Anekal and further to place like Thally in Tamil Nadu.

Anekal, itself is home to many important temples, which I will write more about latter.

The temple I am going to show today is a newly renovated temple. Painted in full golden color this temples looks so impressive that you are not going to miss it if you are crossing Attibele town.

This temple complex is actually a big one and features Lord Hanuman temple, Devi temple and Sri Shani temple.

Rajarajeshwari & Hanuman Temple - Attibele - Bangalore

At the left hand side of the temple premises there is a huge gopuram with a huge Hanuman Statue. All painted in golden color, looks majestic.

Rajarajeshwari & Hanuman Temple - Attibele - Bangalore
Rajarajeshwari & Hanuman Temple - Attibele - Bangalore

The first temple behind this huge gopuram is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

The next temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and her various manifestations.

Rajarajeshwari & Hanuman Temple - Attibele - Bangalore

And the last temple in the premises is dedicated to Lord Shani. Since it was Saturday when we went, we would see a lot of people visiting Shani Maharaj temple.

Rajarajeshwari & Hanuman Temple - Attibele - Bangalore
Rajarajeshwari & Hanuman Temple - Attibele - Bangalore

As I mentioned before the temple premises is quite big. There is a good parking place inside the premises. On some special occassions I ahve seen a good riush there, but in that case there are good options to park your vehicle outside.

Over all it is a very calm and quite place, though its on the main road. If you are living in Bangalore, this can be a good half a day trip for you.

I understand that the temple itslef is quite old, but has been renoavted recenlty and hence looks new.

Do visit when you find time and take blessings from all three gods!

Have a blessed darshan!


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A fort, a hill and a small and beautiful 500 year old temple

Friends are you looking for beautiful temples around Bangalore.

Today we take you to a small and beautiful temple situated on a small hill-top near Bangalore.

Today we are talking about Thimmarayansway temple situated on a small hilltop in an old village just behind the electronics city, a famous area in Bangalore. This village is called as Bettadasanapura. Today we have lots of development around this village.

But the hill itself is a granite hill, with a bit flat top and temple on that.

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It offers an excellent view of the area around.

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The temple is a fort temple. As you can see this temple is built inside a small fort inside the temple. The arch towards the fort is around 500 mts on the foothill and as you go up, you will see the fort.

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The fort itslef is built just using the stones and there is a small entrance at the fort which will lead you to the temple.

There is no much history available around this temple, but it is said that temple is around 500 years old. Local legends say the Marrhisi Gautham meditated here and temple is built at this spot.

There are 2 temples here. First one is Sri Thimmarayansway temple. Shri Thimmarayansway temple is dedicated to lord Vishnu. And then there is a adjacent temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, called as Kashi Vishwanath temple.

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Inside the temple, there is also a small Kalyani.

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This granite hill offers an excellent view around.
It is also said that some episodes of Malgudi days were shot here, but I am not really sure.

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But, I would say please do visit this small, but beautiful temple.

I was very impressed and I am sure you will like it to.

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How was your trip. Do let us know your comments!

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Arch for the temple entrance

You can also check out some other beautiful temples around Bangalore. There a some nice to visit temple in Hosur.

Dakshin Tirupathi temple – Hosur

Shri Chandra Choodeswarar Temple – Hosur


Someshwara Temple – Kolar – Karnataka

Today we take you to Sri Someshwara Temple Kolar. We have covered a lot about Kolar in our many of previous posts. There are many beautiful temples in and around Kolar which are of great religious and historical importance.

We have written about Kolaramma temple, Sri Kotilingeshwara Temple, Avani temple, Sri Kurudumule Ganesha temple, Sri Anjenaya Swamy temple (ardhigiri), Sri Bangaru Tirupati temple all of which are in / Around Kolar and are must visit. Follow the link to read more about them.

Sri Someshwara temple Kolar is also one of the very old temples of Kolar region. More than 1000 years old, this temple was also built during Chola , Chalukya and Vijanagara dynasities. A good example of Vijayanagra style of architecture.

The goupuram, ie, the entrance of temple is huge. It looks just majestic.

Someshwara Temple Kolar
The Majestic Gopuram of Sri Someshwara Temple

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva ( worshipped as Lord Someshwara here). This temple is at walking distance from Kolaramma temple and hence you can club both the temples during one visit.

The view from temple entrance is equally impressive. The “Dhwaja Stambh” can be seen from outside.

Someshwara Temple Kolar
Someshwara Temple Kolar
Another view of Dhawaja Stambh

As you enter inside you will find that the main temple structure. A classic example of dravidian temple architecture. The square sanctum is surrounded by narrow passage way for people to do parikrama.

Someshwara Temple Kolar
Someshwara Temple Kolar
The narrow passageway

The carvings on the pillar are also worth seeing.

There are a lot of carvings on the pillar of temples. Various mythological characters are depicted along with animals like horses.

Someshwara Temple Kolar
Someshwara Temple Kolar

The main temple premises has Kalyan Mantappa and Vasantha Mantappa, apart from Mukha Mandap.

Someshwara Temple Kolar

It would be a nice trip, I assure you. If you are in Bangalore, it takes around 90 mins to reach there and an hour or so for both Someshwara temple and Kolaramma temple. Hence can be covered in a half a day trip.

Directions to Someshwara Temple Kolar:

You 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. ( The directions are same as Kolaramma temple directions and both the temples are at walking distance from each other)

  • Bangalore -> Hoskote -> Kolar -> Someshwara temple
  • Bangalore -> Sarjapura – >Malur -> Kolar – > Someshwara temple

Remember, the temple closes at around 1.30 PM and then reopens at 4.00 PM and hence it is very important that you plan accordingly.

So do plan to visit and let us know your experience!

Have a wonderful trip


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