18 Famous Temples in Bengaluru
Visit to temples fills you with positive energy. It enables you to experience joy and peace. It promotes mental health. Below is my pick of some of the most famous temples in Bengaluru.
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Located in Rajajinagar, this wonderful temple houses deities of Radha and Krishna. It is dedicated to spread happiness, good health and peace of mind. Lectures and prayer services are regularly conducted here.
This temple is well connected to the rest of the city through various modes of transport. It is around 33 kilometers from Kempegowda International Airport, 6.9 kilometers from Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna railway station, and 2.2 kilometers from Yeshwantpur Railway station.
Also known as Dodda Basavana Gudi, this temple is located in Basavanagudi. It was built by Kempe Gowda I in 1537. It is on a hillock, which is surrounded by the beautiful Bugle Rock Park.
The temple is easily accessible by BMTC buses, auto rickshaws and cabs. BMTC route numbers 36 and all 45 series (45, 45j, 45k etc) stop near the temple.
Kote Venkataramana Swamy Temple
This magnificent Hindu temple, which was built by Sri Chikkadevaraja Wadeyar during 15th century, is in Kalasipalya. It is an excellent example of Dravidian and Vijayanagara architecture.
The sanctum of the temple is connected to the central hall by a vestibule. The walls of the sanctum and vestibule are plain but for a row of sculptures of deitdeities in frieze at the base.
Kote Venkataramana Temple Contact Number
080 2290 6022
Shree Dodda Ganapathi Temple
Located in Basavanagudi, this temple is famous for its huge monolith of Lord Ganesha (who is also known as Shakthi Ganapathi and Satya Ganapathi), which is around 18 feet high and 16 feet wide.
This shrine was built by Kempe Gowda I, who established Bengaluru in 1537. It is an annual pilgrimage for students facing examinations. Many celebrities throng it. Kannada movie stars pray here before embarking on new film projects. I liked the greenery around this temple.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
Also known as Gavipuram Cave Temple, this ancient temple is an excellent example of Indian rock-cut architecture. It is well-known for its mysterious stone discs. The main architectural significance associated with this wonderful temple is the design of the temple and the placement of the stone discs in such a way that they allow the sunlight to illuminate the Shivalinga for only one hour every year.
This temple is around 3 kilometers from Krishna Rajendra Market. It is easily accessible by cab, BMTC bus and auto rickshaw. It is around 5 kms from Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna railway station and around 38 kms from the Kempegowda International Airport. Get off at the bus stop overlooking Kempambudhi Lake. A short walk up the road towards south will lead to the Gavi Gangadeshwara Temple.
Located in R R Nagar, this temple is well-known for its cleanliness and serene atmosphere. It is dedicated to Lord Kalabhairava, the Lord of time. Kalabhairava, who carries a head, a drum, and a trident, is the terrifying manifestation of Lord Shiva.
Varapada Sree Venkateshwara Temple
This temple is near JSS Public School in Banashankari Stage II. It is on a picturesque hillock known as Devagiri. It has become a sacrosanct place. It is revered as “Chikka Tirupati” by many devotees of Balaji.
Varapada Sree Venkateshwara Temple is easily accessible by BMTC bus, cab and auto rickshaw. The nearest Metro station is Banashankari, which is around 2 kilometers away.
Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple
Located in Jayanagar 9th Block, this unique temple is on a hillock. This clean temple, which was built in 1969, covers an area of around five acres. Every year Sri Hanumajjayanti is celebrated grandly for 12 days here.
An elderly gentleman told me that the hillock on which the temple is built was formed from a heap of ragi, hence the name "Ragigudda". He said that Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva expressed their wish to stay near this hillock and transformed themselves into stones. These three stones now bear the engravings of the trinity.
Sri Prasanna Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple
This temple is located on a small hillock in Mahalakshmi Layout. It was inaugurated in 1976. It houses a 22-ft-high deity of Lord Veeranjaneya carved out of a rock.
The temple is around 0.3 kilometers from Mahalakshmi Layout Entrance and 1.7 kilometers from Navrang Circle. It is in 12th cross. You may call +91 80 2349 1727 if you do not have access to Google Maps.
Ramanjaneya Gudda Temple
This is one of my favourites. Located in Hanumantha Nagar, this serene temple is famous for the 9-m-tall statue of Lord Rama and his devotee Lord Anjaneya embracing each other.
This temple is easily accessible by BMTC bus, cab and auto rickshaw. It is around 2 kilometers from National College metro station. If you are taking BMTC bus (route numbers 45G,43E,43B,43D,45F,45E, etc) get down at Ganesh Bhavan stop and ask for directions. The temple is around 950 meters from this bus stop.
Sri Rajarajeshwari Temple
Located in Pattanagere, RR Nagar, this beautiful temple has a dress code for devotees — jeans, mini-skirts and sleeveless tops are off-limits. Men may wear dhoti or pants while women saris or churidar with dupatta.
You can reach the temple by BMTC bus (410/410JA, 401C, 210Z, 225C, 372MA), cab or auto rickshaw.
Panchamukhi Ganesha Temple
Panchamukhi Ganesha Temple is in Kengeri. The Gopuram of this temple houses 30-ft-tall Panchamuki (5-faced) Ganesha painted in golden color. There is a 6-ft-tall idol of Lord Ganesha in the sanctum sanctorum.
This temple is easily accessible by BMTC bus (252F, 402D, 80, 501L, 80R, 36, 222N), cab and auto rickshaw.
Shivoham Shiva Temple
This beautiful, serene, well-maintained temple is famous for the 65-ft-tall marble figurine of Lord Shiva seated in Padmasana. I have fond memories of this temple. We used to go to this temple whenever we visited my uncle's home in Murugeshpalya.
This temple is on the Old Airport Road, which is well-connected to the other parts of the city by road. It is easily accessible by BMTC bus, cab and auto rickshaw.
Sugreeva Venkateshwara Temple
Located in Balepet Main Road, this temple houses idols of Sugreeva (the monkey king and a good friend of Lord Rama) and Lord Venkateshwara.
This temple is at the heart of Old Bengaluru. It enables you to experience the city's rich and ancient temple heritage. You can reach the temple by metro, BNTC bus, auto rickshaw and cab.
Banashankari Amma Temple
This famous temple is in Banashankari. It was constructed by Subramanya Shetty in 1915. It is dedicated to goddess Banashankari, an incarnation of goddess Parvati.
The uniqueness of the temple is that the deity, Mother Banashankari, is worshipped in Rahukala, an inauspicious time according to Hindu belief. You can easily reach this temple by metro, BMTC bus, cab and auto rickshaw.
Shrunga Giri Sri Shanmukha Swamy Temple
Located on Shrungagiri Hill in RR Nagar, this beautiful temple is a unique structure. The temple tower is adorned by six faces of Shanmukha. It was built by Sri Bharathi Theertha Mahaswamiji of Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri.
One middle aged person residing in RR Nagar told me that it was god Shanmukha’s wish to make a hillock in RR Nagar as his abode and that he inspired Sri Bharathi Theertha Mahaswamiji to appoint Dr. R. Arunachalam as the contractor to build the temple.
Sri Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple
This temple is located on Omkar Hills in Shrinivasapura. It is unique in the sense that it houses the representative Jyotirlingas of the original Puranik twelve Jyotirlingas.
This temple was founded by Brahmaleena Sadguru Sri Shivapuri Mahaswamiji. It's construction was started in 2002 by Sri Shivapuri Mahaswamiji. The consecration of the 12 Jyotirlingas in the temple was done by Sri Swami Madhusudhanananda Puri in 2011.
Dwadasha Jyotirlinga Temple Timings
Monday to Saturday
7.00 am to 12.30 pm; 4.30 pm to 8.00 pm
7.00 am to 8.30 pm
Dharmaraya Swamy Temple
Located in Nagarathpeta, this temple is unique in the sense that it is dedicated to the Pandavas and Draupadi. It is built in Dravidian style. The temple is the starting point of the annual Karaga festival, during which the priest, dressed as a woman, carries the karaga (a three-feet tall pot symbolising Draupadi) on his head and dances through the old city's streets.
The Dharmaraya Swamy Temple itself is more than 800 years old. It was built by the Tigalas, one of the city's oldest communities that was into agriculture and horticulture.— Poornima Dasharathi, writer and founder of Unhurried
© 2018 Srikanth R