The secular character of
The population of the city has touched 85 lakhs and people keep on pouring into the City. The number of religious institutions also seems to be increasing every day and new places of worship are being built in almost all the localities. The members of the Jewish community are planning to set up their place of worship.
The 2001 census report says almost 74 per cent of
In this article, I will try to trace some of the temples of
The oldest temple in
The temple was renovated 25 years ago. Raja Raja constructed the temple after he conquered Yelahanka. The ten avatars of Vishnu, called the Dashavatara, are sculpted on the temple pillars. There are inscriptions in the temple going back to the Cholas. Domlur is referred to as Tombaluru.
The smaller idols of Sridevi and Bhoodevi are placed alongside the main idol of Vishnu.
There is an
nearby which is worth a visit. Anjaneya Temple
Another old temple is the
at Ulsoor. The temple is near the MEG Centre and in recent years has become very famous. Someshwara Temple
It was built around the 12th century and it was renovated by the Yelahanka Nada Prabhus. Legend says that Kempe Gowda found treasure on the spot and built this temple after the deity of Someshwara came in his dream.The
There is an idol dedicated to Agni, the god of fire. This is one of the oldest cave temples in
There are two tunnels in the cave, both of which are blocked. One of them is supposed to lead to Shivagange , which is 60 kms from
The Kadu Malleswarama temple in Malleswara has a link with the Maratha Emperor Shivaji. The temple originally belonged to Shivaji’s step brother Venkoji.
Venkoji came across a Shivalinga buried in mud and he constructed this temple in 1669.
at Begur, just a few minutes from the Central Silk Board on the temple of Shiva Bangalore-Hosur Road, dates back to 1000 AD. This temple is very important as the first mention of is found in an inscription here Bangalore
was built more than 300 years ago by Chikkadevaraya Wdoeyar. It is adjoining the summer Kote Venkataramanaswamy Temple . The Garuda Sthamba has a small depression. This happened during the fourth Mysore War between Tipu Sultan and the British, A cannon fired by the British hot the Garuda Sthamba. palace of Tipu
on Gali Anjaneya Temple Mysore Road is believed to have been consecrated by Vyasa Theertha. It is at the confluence of two rivers but today the rivers are full of sewage. The oldest Hanuman temple is in Yelahanka.Other temples dedicated to Hanuman are near the Bangalore Fort, in front of and JP Nagar 3rd Phase. Minto Eye Hospital
A beautiful temple to Ranganathaswamy is located off Avenue Road. It was built during the 16th century and is in the Vijayanagar style. The temple is adorned with carved granite pillars. It is on
There is a temple dedicated to Kashi Vishveshvaraiah in Balepet.It was built in 1840. There is also a temple to Dharmaraya on
OTC Road where the Karaga procession commences. The temple has deities of the five Pandavas and Draupadi. It was built more than 800 years ago by the Thigala community. Immamadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar visited the temple in 1811 and presented two swords for performing Aluguseve.
The temple at Ramanjenaya Gudda near Hanumanthanagar is set in a park. It is worth a visit. The Vasantha Vallabha temple in Vasanthapura off Kanakapura road is more than 1,000 years old. It is dedicated to Vallabha, a form of Vishnu. It is in a locality called Vasanthapura. It was built by the Cholas.
The Banashankari temple in Banashankari is famous though it is not as old as the temples listed here. The temple is always crowded and it is built on the lines of the Banashankari temple at Banashankari near Pattadakal in Bagalkot district.
in Mahalakshmi layout is visted by devotes for its oracular powers. If you have time visit the Mookambika Temple at Roppena Agrahara. It is more than 400 years old and is very unique. It is called Narasimha Temple and it is off Hari Vaikunta Temple Hosur Road.
The TTD office at Vyalikaval behind Choiwdaiah memorial Hall has installed a statue of Srinivasa on the lines of the Srinivasa statue at Tirupathi. You get Tirupathi laddus on specified dates and you cam get information about sevas on Tirupathi from the info counter here.
There are temples dedicated to Raghavendra in many localities and Jayanagar has two of them. The oldest Raghavendra temple is Sitapathi Agrahara near Central police station. There is the brindavana of Sripadaraja at Narasimha Gudda in B S Krishnappa Layout off Hoskerehalli.
The Vyasa Raya Matha in Basavanagudi has idols of Srinivasa and a brindavana of Raghavendra Swamy. The matha is now under the control of the Muzrai department.
The Govardhanagiri hill opposite
BMS College on Bull Temple Road has a small and beautiful shrine of Krishna, It was commissioned by the Puttige Matha.
behind Suchitra film academy in Banashankari 2ns stage is famous for the Srinivasa temple. Devagiri Temple
Newer temples in
Bangalore are ISCKON in Rajajinagar, the Anjenaya temple in Mahalakshmi Layout, Meenakshi temple in Hulimavu and the Nimishamba temple in BEML Layout and in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar, the Ragigudda temples and the temples in Hanumathnagar and Basavanagudi. Raja Rajeshwaru Temple
The Ayappa temple at Jalahalli very famous. There are many other Ayappa temples all over the city. The Sringeri Sharada temple in Shankarapuram and the recently constructed
Narasimha Temple in Uttaradhi Temple in Uttraradhi Matha premises on Uttaradhi Matha road (behind ) in Basavanagudi is a new attraction. National College