Chikka Tirupathi – Lord Prasanna Venkataramana Swamy temple, Malur, Bangalore

We have written about Tiupati Balaji temple and Bangaru Tirupati temples before. Today we will talk about another beautiful and religiously important temple which is situated very near to Bangalore, called as Chikka Tirupathi temple. Welcome to the adobe of Lord Prasanna Venkataramana Swamy temple – Chikka Tirupathi – Malur – …

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Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (Rangasthala ) – Chikkaballapur – Karnatka

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (Rangasthala )is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha ( another name of Lord Vishnu). It’s an old temple situated in Chikkbalapur district in Karnatka not very from Bengaluru (apporx 60 Kms). Innside the temple premises as you see above the carvings on the pillars are quite impressive. The serene …

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Temples near Bangalore – Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Shoolagiri, Tamil Nadu

Friends, if I tell you about a temple which is said to exist from the times of Dwapar Yuga, won’t you be interested? Well let me take you there today. welcome to our new post “Temples near Bangalore – Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Shoolagiri, Tamil Nadu.

Temples near Bangalore - Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Shoolagiri, Tamil Nadu

The temple we are talking about today is an ancient Vishnu temple. Located at the foothills of shoolgiri hills, this temple is said to exist from Dwapar Yuga.

Temples near Bangalore - Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Shoolagiri, Tamil Nadu

Temple History

The temple history dates back to Mahabharata times ( which was in Dwapar Yuga). The legend is that the Pandavas lost their kingdom to Duryodhan in the game of gambling and as per the terms set during the game, they were supposed to spent their time in exile. Most of us are quite aware of this incident of Mahabharata.

It is said that during their exile they wandered at many places and also came to shoolgiri. It is said that when they were here, Arjuna established this temple and worshipped Lord Vishnu.

This temple is called as ‘Dakshina Vaikuntam Hasthashyla Sree Kshethram’ (Vaikunatam of the South).

Here Lord Vishnu is know as Sri Varadaraja Perumal.

Temples near Bangalore - Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Shoolagiri, Tamil Nadu

What is unique about this temple?

Being associated to Mahabharat times, this itself makes this temple a must visit, but few more important points to note is that

  • Lord faces west in this temple
  • Goddess Mahalakshmi faces east in a separate sanctum
  • During Utharanyana period (mid jan to mid july), the sunrays falls on the feet of Lord Varadaraja Perumal during sunset.
Temples near Bangalore - Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Shoolagiri, Tamil Nadu

Temple timings

Please note that temple is open from 6.00 AM to 11.00 AM in morning time and 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM in evenings.

Temples near Bangalore - Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Shoolagiri, Tamil Nadu

How to reach?

The route is pretty straight forward.

  • Bangalore = > Hosur => Shoolgiri
  • Just 1.2 kms from National Highway 48
  • Take the service road at the next left after crossing shoolgiri board
  • Food options – lots on the way.

Please note that once you enter the village, the road is called as dam road, after around 1 kms , you will see a small road going in. The google map will ask you to turn right. But since there is no concrete road, we tend to get confused and miss that. If you miss this turn, then google will re-roue to another 2 kms. So please keep a note of this.

Alternatively you can take a bus from Bangalore or Hosur to reach Shoolgiri and then take an auto.

Conclusion

Overall , this is a temple worth visiting. We were thrilled to visit a temple which is said to be associated to the great Arjuna and Pandavas.

However I was sad to see that the temple is not well maintained. The approach to the temple is narrow and during festivals or special occasions parking can be an issue. This is avery famous Vishnu temple as I mentioned before temple is also called as ‘Dakshina Vaikuntam.”

There are 2 more temples near by. Called as Kashi Vishwanath temple and Ayyappa Swamy temple. You can also visit these temple during your visit.

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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

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