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The city name of Bangalore has been derived from the word Bendakaluru

Updated on October 30, 2015

Deepika Padukone in Bangalore Orion Mall


Anasuya devi


Sri Rajarajeswari


The Southern part of Bharat is unique in its cultural heritage.

India abounds in temples, monasteries, ashrams, saints, religious beliefs, diverse culture and piety.

The State of Karnataka leads the south in many spiritual and cultural aspects. Among the leading temples and Ashrams in Karnataka, the Sri Rajarajeshwari temple and Sri Kailash Ashram Mahasamsthana that are situated in Rajarajeshwari Nagar in Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka, adorn the city as well as the state.

The name of Bangalore has been derived from the word `Bendakaluru' which literally means boiled gram. The puranik background to this name is attributed to the Rishi Atri and his consort Anasuya who had their Ashram at this place where the Sri Rajarajeshwari temple is situated today.

It is stated that the consorts of the trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara i.e, Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Parvati were jealous of any devout wife (Pativrata) in the Bhooloka. In order to establish the Pathivrathayam of `Anasuya' the wife of Sri Atri Rishi, a Leela was enacted by the divine sage Narada.

He materialised some grams (kalu) made of iron and brought them to the wives of the trinity requesting them to have the grams boiled for him. All the three failed, stating that nobody could do it. Sage Narada belittle them by stating that they were unable to do what an ordinary mortal woman Anasuya could do. Later, he approached Anasuya with the same request. The latter carried out the errand without delay by the power of her pathivrathyam or devotion to her husband. Hence, the place where the grams were boiled were called as `Bendakaluru' which later became Bangalore or Bengaluru.

This region geographically lies on the east, west meridian of Karnataka and is also called as Kalyana Nagari. The Sri Rajarajeshwari temple is situated in the South – West corner of the region between the Cauvery and Vrishabhavathi river called earlier as Kanchanaburi later as Kenchanahalli and also as Champakvana. It is said in the Tantra Chudamani that this place forms the Kama Bhaga or Ear of the numerous Shakti peethas in Bharat. The Peetha has been called as Jaya Peetha and presiding Bhairava is Abiru Bhairava.

It is this place that His Holiness Sri Tiruchi Mahaswamigal established Sri Kailash Ashram Mahasamsthana and Sri Rajarajeshwari temple.

The presiding Deity Sri Rajarajeshwari is seated on this Shakti Peetha called as Jaya peetha in the magnificent temple precincts.

the city of Bangalore



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