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8 Temples In Bangalore That You Must Visit While You're Here!
No matter what the colour, age, gender or origin, one thing in common in every devotee that enters a temple is that insatiable hunger for solace and peace. And once you climb the stairs and your feet touch the cool marble flooring of the temple, you can almost feel the positivity gushing through you!
This beautiful feeling is the one of faith and pledge towards the greater power. And that feeling is cherished in the IT hub- Bangalore, as well. We have beautiful temples all over the city, with followers coming in and out the holy shrines all times of the day.
So, if you are in Bangalore, these are the temples you must visit before you leave!
And this is why…
1. Chokkanathaswamy temple
Dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu, this temple was built in the 10th century by the Cholas; it is considered the oldest temple in Bangalore.
The temple has been renovated several times. And has a healing and vital energy to it!
Location: Domlur, Bangalore
Daily: Morning: 6:00 am - 11:00 am, Evening: 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday: Morning: 6:00 am - 11:30 am, Evening: 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday: Morning: 6:00 am - 12:30 pm, Evening: 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm
2. Bull Temple
Also called Dodda Basavana Gudi or the Nandi Temple, was built in the year 1537 by the local ruler of the Vijayanagara Empire.
The bull is referred to the sacred Hindu demi-god, known as Nandi. Nandi was Lord Shiva’s attendee and devotee. . The monolithic structure of the bull is carved out of granite. And this is the biggest temple of Nandi in the world, measuring 15 feet in in height and 20 feet in length!
A lord Ganesha idol is also located nearby. On every last Monday and Tuesday of the Hindu month Karthika Maasa a groundnut fair is held in temple premises and groundnut is offrex to the deity; the fest is called 'Kadalekaayi Parishe'.
Location: Bull Temple Road, Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Open everyday from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM including public holidays; No entrance fees for devotees who want to offer prayers to the deity.
3. Dodda Ganesha Temple
Situated in the same temple complex as the Nandi idol. It is about 18 ft. in height and 16 ft. in width.
This Ganapati is popularly known as Shakthi Ganapati or Satya Ganapati. And the idol is decorated differently on different days on the week, one of which include covering it in butter weighing over 100 Kg.
The Ganapathi statue has devotes from all over coming for blessings and good luck!
Location: Bull Temple Road, Bangalore
Open every day in the morning from 6.30am to 12.30pm; In the evening from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.
4. Gavi Gangadareshwara Temple
Built in the 16th-century by Kempe Gowda I, the founder of the city, the temple is the perfect epitome in Indian rock-cut architecture. It is one of the few temples devoted to Lord Shiva in Bangalore, with a Shivalinga being the main idol.
The temple is popular for its stone discs in the forecourt. On Makar sankranti Day, in the middle of January every year, many devotes visit the cave temple. This day is special because sunrays fall on the Sivalinga for one hour as it passes between the horns of the Nandi.
Location: Gavipuram of Kempegowda Nagar, Bangalore
Timings: 7am to 12-30pm and from 5pm to 8.30pm.
5. ISKCON Temple
Sri Radha Krishna Temple with deities of Radha and Krishna was built to commemorate the birth centennial of Sri Prabhupada the founder of ISKON, and was inaugurated in 1997.
The temple has a huge complex, with a Vedic museum, a lecture hall, exhibition area, the ISKON Vedic Theatre where multimedia Vedic films are shown, and lodging facilities for devotees.
The four temple Gopurams are attached by a glass canopy. And the arches, fountains and the temple on the whole is a sight for sore eyes! And this temple is must visit in Bangalore.
Location: Rajaji Nagar, Bangalore
Timings: 4:15 AM to 5:00 AM; 7:15 AM to 1:00 PM; 4:00 PM to 8:20 PM.
6. The Shiva Temple
The temple which is considered as one of the most beautiful Shiva temples in the country. This 65 foot high Statue of Lord Shiva seated in Lotus position was built in 1995, and over 400,000 devotees visit this statue on the day of festivals.
The idol with the backdrop of Mount Kailash, the Gallant Lord Shiva’s statue and the river Ganga flowing from his locks is as depicted in mythology. The serene view of Lord Shiva statues should be on your bucket list!
Location: HAL Old Airport Rd, Bangalore
Timings: 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
7. Venkataramanswamy Temple
This temple was built in 1689 on the orders of King Chikka Devaraja Wodeyar, the then ruler of Mysore. The 300 year old temple has beautiful carvings despite its small size, like the lion brackets and carvings of human and animal figures. These unique carvings are the beautiful examples of the Dravidian civilization.
The walls are graced by figures of the Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The idol of Lord Venkatarama sits at the temple. And the temple is a peaceful sanctuary, and a marvel of architecture for all its visitors!
Location: Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Timings: 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
8. Kalika Durga Parameshwari Temple
The temple is dedicated to goddess Kalika Durga Parameshwari. This outstanding temple stands at the height of 108 feet. The temple is also called Swetha Kshetra.
The temple has the most traffic on Sundays, for the Mahabhishekham. However, devotees from all over the city visit the temple every chance they get to get a glimpse of the beautiful temple.
Location: Vidyaranyapura, Bangalore
Timings: Open everyday from 6 A.M. to 9.30 P.M
Bonus points: We are soon going to open an exclusive outlet for incense sticks and herbal soaps right next to Kalika Durga Parameshwari temple! And you can visit and shop from us whenever you want. And get the best spiritual experience with our incense sticks!
Temples are the getaway and healers of all desolate and desperate hearts. The peace and tranquil feeling of offering prayers to the holy deity cannot be replaced by anything else! With a lot of temples in Bangalore, you can find blessings of God at every corner.
So, visit one of the above temples, and adore the idols and beautiful architecture of each one of them!
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