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.
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 !