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.
Do you know that there is a very old temple built during Hoysala dynasty situated just before the Banerghatta zoo?
Yes, 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.
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.
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.
Please note that photography is not allowed with in the temple
OK, how to reach there?
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.
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.
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 temple and then you can visit zoo as well.
Some views from top of hill:
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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