Bengaluru’s Hanging Bridge

Bengaluru’s Hanging Bridge

Krishnaraja Puram:

In recent years, KR Puram or Krishnarajapuram, located in East Bengaluru, 15 kilo-metres away from the Bengaluru City railway station, has evolved into a space where history remains entangled with its dusty roads, crowded residences and uneven commercialization. The reality behind its name, or the various names it has adopted since many centuries, has long been forgotten.  The Bangalore District Gazeteer published in 1990 traces the name back to Krishnaraja Wadiyar III, who ruled the provincial State of Mysore from 1799 to 1868. People, however, speculate that it might even be attributed to his predecessor, Immadi Krishnarajendra Wodeyar, who ruled between 1734 and 1766 A.D.

Traces of the reverence many of these heroes once enjoyed lie buried in parts of KR Puram even today . One of the prominent ones is the Marya inscription.  Legend goes that under the rule of the Ganga dynasty King Sripurusha, there was a village hero called Mareya who protected the villages against dacoits and sacrificed his life in the process. The hero-stone inscription near today’s Mahabaleshwara temple records this incident.  The exact location of the stone, however, remains unknown. This constituency has 9 wards.  The Hanging bridge at K.P.Puram is a well known land mark of this constituency.

The Hanging bridge of Benglauru:

The cable-stayed bridge at Krishnarajapuram in Bangalore has bagged the most outstanding national bridge award conferred by the Indian Institution of Bridge Engineers.

The 230-meter bridge, including the 180-meter cable stayed portion, was constructed by South Western Railway over the Krishnarajapuram Railway Station Yard on the busy Bengaluru-Chennai highway. The bridge was inaugurated on January 26, 2003 by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

South Western Railway Deputy General Manager  Mr. Prem Narayan and Deputy Chief Engineer Mr. Vijay Kumar, supervised its construction,

The cables themselves, the pylons supporting them, and the way the material was transported to the site are considered unique in engineering and logistics. The Garden City Skyway Bridge, as it has been named, passes over five tracks.

The technology of holding such structures with strong cables came from a design developed by Swiss engineers 50 years ago. Thousands of metres of wire measuring 12 mm in diameter was imported from Kobe, Japan, by Usha Martin Co. of Ranchi.

The 1,830-metre bridge will have four lanes for traffic. The cables take the entire load of vehicles passing on the bridge — up to 300 tonnes at a time — and will pass on the load pressure to the pylons which in turn will pass it to the ground. The cable inclination with the towers varies from 23.7 degrees to 74 degrees. The longest cable is 113 meters.

The bridge is a joint venture of the Union Ministry of Surface Transport, Southern Railways, and the State Government. The Railways have shared the bulk of the total cost of Rs. 47 crores. Even as the bridge was under construction, city planners and engineers from places such as Patna, Nainital, and Ahmedabad came here to study it and examine if the technology could be replicated.

Bommanahalli

Bommanahalli

Bommanahalli is a locality in Bengaluru and one of the zones of BBMP. It is located adjacent to Hosur Road National Highway 7 and is proximate to the IT hub Electronics City. This constituency has 8 wards. Bommanahalli  has a famous temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha.  The temple is located close to the Madivala overbridge. From madivala one can take the over-bridge and then drive down the Electronic City elevated express way where there is a ‘U’turn. From there take the service road and after about 500 meters one would see the temple.

Sri Hari Vaikunta Kshetra: 

Sri Hari Vaikunta Kshetra is a famous Narasimha Swamy temple in Bengaluru.  This temple has 400 years old Narasimha Meru which is no where to be seen in India.  “Narasimha  Meru” is a chakra made for Lord Narasimha Swamy.  It is a chakra in a hill shape.  It has all the Bejakshara (Mantras) related to Lord Narasimha Swmay.   This meru has “Adhi Kuurma, Adhi Varaha, Adhi Vasuki and Adhi Manduka” inside the meru as if they are carrying the meru   At the bottom, one can see “chethur Dwara, 3 kankana above these all Bejakshara’s, with Dwadashakshra and Astakshara required for Lord Narasimha Swamy is written on the petals throughout the hill shape charka.  At the top of the charka one can see “Shreekara and Omkara”.

It is a very powerful and very rarely found chakra.  Offering poojas with Toor Dal to this meru will clear kuja dosha and many problems like infertility, financial problem, delay in marriage etc.

Lord Vishnu took Narasimha avathara in Vaishaka Masa on Swathi Nakshatra day to kill demon king Hiranya Kasipu, so Narasimha swamy nakshatra is Swathi nakshatra.  Hence on every month special pooja’s will be offered to the God on Swathi nakshatra day.   Devotees far and wide flock this temple especially on Tuesdays and Saturdays, considered auspicious days.   This is the only temple in Karnataka where Swati Nakshatra, auspicious day for Lord Narasimha is celebrated with great  fervour. The ceremonies include Abhishekam ,Sudarshana Narasimha Pooja,  Satyanarayana Pooja , Ratha Prakarotsava followed by Mangalarathi and Annadanam (Lunch).

Here Narasimha Swmay is sitting between Adi Lakshmi, Santhana Lakshmi, Gaja Lakshmi, Dhana Lakshmi, Dhanya Lakshmi, Vijaya Lakshmi, Veera Lakshmi and Aishwarya Lakshmi (Asta Lakshmi’s).

Namakarana and Anna prasana to children here will keep them away from fear and the deity  will safe guard them forever with his blessings.  Children having Anna Prasana here will never find difficulty for food through-out their life.  There is a belief that getting married in Asta Lakshmi Sametha Narasimha Swamy Sannidhi will bring peace and prosperity in their life.

In view of protecting the “Panchaloha Meru”, the authorities at the temple decided to make a krishnahila of the meru and succeeded after facing many hiccups.  The krishnahila Meru is an imprint of the “Panchaloha Meru” in huge size.  The Panchaloha meru is kept inside the krishnahila Meru along with 108 saligrama’s, Sudarshana Chakra, Sri Chakra and Navaratna’s.   Abhishekam is done only on amavasya day to this Meru to benefit the devotees suffering from financial problems, kuja dosha, problems in work place etc

Karnataka Elections 2018

Karnataka state’s urban electorate has not shown consistent preference for a single party in last 2 decades.  The challenge for the  Congress is to win over urban voters and for the BJP, it is vice-versa.  The battle is a keenly contested one with the congress trying to retain power.

South Karnataka has been the fortress of Congress. Rural & urban divide will affect the results.  Congress has a strong foothold in maximum constituencies.  Although the Congress in the State is a competition to BJP, their central leadership may hurt them.   A loss will rob Congress of one of two major states which is still in their kitty. Lack of coordination between government and party in popularising the government’s welfare schemes and Corruption charges against senior ministers are the major drawbacks.

BJP has always been weak in South Karnataka.  It has never been a dominant party in Karnataka like the Congress, which has a significant presence in every district. BJP has doubled down on divisive Hindutva and coarsened the political discourse.  This does not work in Karnataka which is a liberal, peace loving State.  BJP wants to continue its victory run motivated by the recent election results of Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh in Karnataka too.  Communal polarization factor may be a game-changer in the State.  Karnataka is the only State in South which has had a BJP Government.  BJP is going all guns blazing to take another State from the Congress to make India ‘Congress mukth Bharath’.

Even as the Congress & BJP are fighting it out to snatch victory in the impending high-prestige Assembly election in Karnataka, there is a 3rd force JD(S) which could play a crucial role in the event of a hung assembly.  As for JD(S), its strength is now confined to a few district of Kaveri basin.  It has been pursuing new political partnerships to try and strengthen its position in weak constituencies.  JD(S) has also  been part of previous attempts by regional parties across States to put up a “Third Front” as an alternative to the two national parties.  The JD(S) is not realistically in a position to achieve a simple majority on its own as it has lost ground in recent years.

It would be an extremely tough call to take as to who would win this bastion.  All the major parties have problems galore.  The manner in which internal rifts would be sorted out will be very crucial to the chances of both major parties.  Interestingly, the State has shown a trend of replacing the ruling party after 5 years. However, the voting patterns have always been influenced by caste and community considerations in Karnataka. And, often Karnataka has voted much against the “expected lines”.

Amble through the Heritage plat

Amble through the Heritage plat

The Taj West End Hotel is not only one of the oldest hotels in Bangalore; it is the only hotel which has been in operation since its inception. Among the many royal palaces that have been converted into luxury hotels by the Taj group, The Taj West End is one among them.  

Shivaji Nagar is synonymous with the history of Bangalore. Being one of the oldest localities existing since the British rule, it has many historical treasures waiting to take notice. Exploring the constituency, one can come across Russel Market which was established in 1927, St Mary’s Basilica- one of the oldest churches built in the 17th century, Coles Park which was established in 1914 and many others. Among these archaic troves is where the Taj West End Hotel lies.  

Located in the Shivajinagar Constituency, the hotel was once the military base for the British. Many English officials resided in this hotel with their families. Later Mrs. Bronson, an English women opened a boarding house exclusively for the English and called it Bronson’s West End. Following the change of ownership to the Spencer’s, the hotel became more of a country club with its English charms. 

The hotel has been graced with many rich and famous people from across the world. Some of the notable people are- Sir Winston Churchill, Prince Charles, Devika Rani & Svetoslav Roerich, Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Rex Harrison. The Spencer’s called upon Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces to take over the ownership and to continue the luxury hotel legacy.

Today, the hotel is one of the best luxury hotels in Bangalore. The hotel has designed a ‘Heritage Walk’ which serves the visitors with champagne and a guided tour of the hotel and its historical significance. On this walk, one can find the oldest post box in all of Karnataka which is to this day operational and one of the oldest rain tree which is older than the hotel itself. The walk concludes at the Prince of Wales Lawn, named to commemorate the Royal Prince’s stay in 1962.    

The Taj West End has given the world an opportunity to revisit the old world of British luxury in its original stature.