7 Glorious Temples To Visit In The Garden City Of India – Bangalore
Tagged as the Silicon Valley of the country, Bangalore welcomes you with lots of love, luck, and holism. Being the state capital of Karnataka, it is an incredible hub of different cultures and people. It is well famed for its historical backdrop, mythological edifices, IT hubs, food, and much more. The city houses a plethora of sacred places and pilgrimages which are swarmed by devotees from all over the state and beyond. Apart from being a center of technology, it is now an emerging city catering to spiritual and divine needs. The many holy places to visit in the city provide a cultural as well as religious insight into the rich heritage, something that Bangalore boasts of. It has always carved an indelible imprint in the pious Hindu texts, with great preaching and learnings to imbibe. With a myriad of religious sites in Bangalore, you as tourists will fall in love with the diversity that the city offers.
Due to the fact that it is endowed with the best of climate through the year, it is sometimes tagged as the ‘air-conditioned city’ by the visitors. It is frequented by tourists for a multitude of reasons. Sightseeing in Bangalore is one of them. The entire city is enveloped by lush greenery and exquisite weather thought out the year. From a range of imposing temples, old streets, and ancient villas to a complete urbanised centre, Bangalore brims of such places.
Top 7 Temples To See In Bangalore
- Halasuru Someshwara Temple
- Banashankari Temple
- ISKCON Temple
- Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
- Chokkanathaswamy Temple
- Bull Temple
- Shivoham Shiva Temple
1. Halasuru Someshwara Temple
Regarded as an offspring of the Chola Dynasty, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Resting on the banks of Ulsoor Lake, it is one of the most revered holy places to visit in Bangalore.
It is believed that the temple is one of the oldest temples in the city, dating back to an era even before the birth of Bangalore! The planning of this shrine is inspired by the Vijayanagara form of architecture. It is said to be renovated in the 16-century by Kempe Gowda. The temple’s highlight features are an ornate Mandapa (hall), a Rajagopuram (tower), and a Dwajasthamba (massive pillar). 48 minutely sculpted pillars and the carvings on walls depicting Lord Shiva’s and Parvati’s marriage is a special treat for mythology lovers. These notable pieces of art and minutely carved sculptures are the real highlights of this temple. Every Monday, there is an auspicious darshan scheduled exclusively for Lord Shiva. Witnessing this darshan is believed by devotees to hail miraculous results.
Timings: 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 5.30 PM – 9:00 PM, all days of the week.
2. Banashankari Temple
Situated in the dominant southern part of Bangalore, it is most famous for its intriguing legend. It was built in the turn of the 19-century by an ardent worshipper of Goddess Banashankari, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati.
According to legend – once, three women came to this temple and asked the priest to perform a ritual. However, the priest denied, saying that it was Rahukaal. (Rahukaal is that time period that is deemed highly inauspicious in the Hindu Mythology. No opportune event should start during this time, as is described in the texts.) Nonetheless, those women persuaded the priest to perform and he did the Pooja. When he completed the Pooja and came out to offer the prasadam. He discovered that they were missing, all of a sudden. Ever since it is believed that those women were actually a disguise of Goddess Banashankari and performing the rituals and pooja during the Rahukaal will seek immense blessings and happiness. Surprised, aren’t you? That’s not all.
This temple has other peculiar forms of performing a pooja as well. Diyas that we offer are generally baked out of clay or bricks, but that’s not the case in here. The hollow side of a squeezed lemon is used as a diya for the goddess. This happens only in the Rahukaal period of Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. People say that this goddess helps to reduce and overcome the various hardships and challenges of life. Surrendering yourself to Goddess Banashankari is a beneficial way to eradicate Rahu Dosho and such vileness from your life. The temple commemorates its anniversary on every September 13, as it is said to be the feast day of Goddess Banashankari
Timings: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
3. ISKCON Temple
Nestled in the northern part of Bangalore, on a hillock named Hare Krishna Hall, it is one of the most religious sites in Bangalore. Constructed in the year 1997, it holds the honorary mention of being the world’s largest ISKCON. Dedicated to the mesmerizing couple, Radha and Krishna, the temple is eternally graced by their endless love.
It is deemed as an essential devotional site, especially when the temple imparts life lessons and teachings of Lord Krishna. Do not miss out on the theatre, which portrays ancient Vedic films, lifestyles of holy priests, and episodes from Sri Krishna’s life.
For all the architecture lovers in the house, this temple is one of the most visited temples in India. Inspired by the Gopuram style of architecture, you get to find a perfect blend of Neo-Classical style mixed with modern design. The four Gopurams are connected in such a manner that resembles a canopy formed out of glass that serves as a pathway for sunlight to pass. A 9-metre Kalash Shikhara and a 17-metre flag post are two of the temple’s landmarks.
Partake in the chanting ceremonies that are conducted in the main hall every 15 minutes. These 15 minutes are considered baby steps to the passage of spirituality. The evening Aarti ritual is scheduled at 7:00 pm, followed by a heart-calming kirtan. If given a chance to sing along, do not hesitate. It is an experience of a lifetime, trust us on that!
Timings: Monday – Friday – 7:15 AM – 1:00 PM, 4:15 PM – 8:15 PM; Weekends and public holidays – 7:15 AM – 8:15 PM
4. Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
Literally, it translates to the cave of the Lord who adorns the Ganga. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is an exemplary temple with architecture being its forte. It was constructed in the 16-century and has an enormous astronomical significance. One of the most remarkable aspects of the temple is its rock-cut architecture. Some of the other highlights of the temple would be the rarely found sculptures of Lord Agni, the Lord of Fire, who sports two heads and three legs and the stone discs that are present in the forecourt. The temple is known for having carved out of a single rock that reflects the grandeur and magnificence of this shrine. Legend claims that on every Makar Sankranti, nature proves its magic yet again. About an hour before sunset, the sun’s rays pass between the horns of Shiva’s bull and bathe the temple’s main idol in the light. This spectacular spectacle is known as Sun Bath or Surya Majjana. It is really a phenomenal sight to behold. The eve of Maha Shivrathri sees a profusion of visitors to seek magical blessings on this very auspicious day.
Timings: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
5. Chokkanathaswamy Temple
A proud creation of the Chola Dynasty, Chokkanathaswamy Temple was constructed in the 10-century. It has been dedicated to Lord Vishnu, paying a special homage to his dasavatar. It is yet again best known for being one of the oldest temples of Karnataka. It is believed that the temple had completely shattered in shambles and got renovated 20 years ago. Ten of his incarnations have been carved on the pillars that show the different avatars that Lord Vishnu carries. These pillars also display many local traditions and dance forms representative to the state. One of the most remarkable aspects to see in this temple is the idols of Lord Vishnu. The idols have been specially carved out of Saligram stone, which is found abundantly in Nepal. Worshippers say that this is one of those sacred places where they get to sense a surge of pranic energy in their bodies. Maybe the vibe, aura or Lord Vishnu’s majesty is the reason for this.
Timings: 6:00 AM – 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
6. Bull Temple
Recorded as the world’s biggest temple of Nandi as of now, this temple was built in the beginning of the 15-century. Standing as high as 15-feet in height and as wide as 20-feet in length, it was constructed by the Vijayanagara Empire. Like the name suggests, the Bull herein is said to be cut out of a single piece of rock shaped as a bull. This temple was influenced by the Dravidian style of architecture with fine details in the sculptures. The temple also has a massive idol of Lord Ganesha. Every year on the last Monday and Tuesday of the Karthika Month (the Hindu month), a groundnut fair is held in the premises of this temple. And this nut is offered to the deity, receiving this nut as prasadam is deemed very auspicious. It is said that local farmers offer their first groundnuts to the deity to pay homage to the sacred bull. Do see the ancient rock formations in Bugle Rock Park. This is an additional attraction on the temple premises.
Timings: 6:00 AM – 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
7. Shivoham Shiva Temple
The imposing tall structure of Lord Shiva is a fascinating site to behold in the Shivoham Shiva Temple. It was built in the year 1995 and is a relatively new addition to the city’s religious sites. The first and foremost motive of the temple is to educate devotees about the significance of meaningful prayers and how they can enhance the quality of life. The interiors of the temple is actually a walk through exhibit that explains everything about Lord Shiva’s life history. One can also see a smaller version of Lord Ganesha’s statue right next to his father’s statue. Maha Shivratri and Ganesh Chaturthi are the busiest days on the premises. You get a chance to get engrossed in spiritual activities all day and experience live devotional songs being performed in the evening hours.
Timings: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Just like the connection between the mortals and the Gods is boundless, so is the listings of temples in Bangalore. Other famous religious sites include Venkataramanswamy Temple in Basavanagudi, Sugreeva Venkateshwara Temple in Balepet, The Kanyakaparameshwari Temple in Kumara Park, Chennakeshava Temple on Avenue Road and the Panchamukhi Ganesha Temple in Hanumantha Nagar.
Bangalore is truly an enthralling tourist destination, covered in the holy blanket of spirituality and devotion, and is totally worth visiting. So, this coming holiday season, if you wish to connect to the inner soul of yours, well then you need to fret no more. Head to Bangalore and definitely ensure marking the above historically and culturally significant sacred places in your checklist.
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Born in a big city, Varsha finds her heart in small towns. A free spirit, who loves to wander places in search of stories, within stories. At the end of a long day, she finds her therapy in long aimless walks and conversations, with the Moon.