St.Patrick’s church at Shanthinagar

St.Patrick’s church at Shanthinagar

Shantinagar was known as Akkithimanahalli and is situated to the South of Bengaluru. 7 wards comes under Shantinagar constituency.  St.Patricks Church is one of the famous landmark in Shantinagar. 

St.Patricks Church

St. Patrick’s Church is one of the oldest churches belonging to the Archdiocese of Bangalore, and is located in a prime area of the city. Originally consecrated to Our Lady, it has served in the past as a Cathedral and then as a personal parish. Today, it is a flourishing parish in one of Bangalore’s busiest districts, and is surrounded by other institutions that serve the community in a wide variety of ways.

The foundation for St. Patrick’s church was laid in July 1841, and the church itself was built and completed in the next 3½ years, by the end of 1844. The church was dedicated to the honor of the blessed Trinity, under the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Archangel Michael, and was dedicated as the “Church of the Assumption”. But even before it was completed, it came to be known as St. Patrick’s Church, due to its popularity with Irish troops stationed in the surrounding area.

The church was further renovated in the year 2000.  It can now comfortably accommodate 550 people within it. The strength of the parish is around 3500 but its central location makes it attractive to the faithful from all parts of Bangalore as well as visitors who are spending only a short time while in the city.

The century old structure was further renovated in 2012 by Fr. Sagayanathan, with the assistance of artisans from Nagarcoil, Tamil Nadu. For the first time the entire outward structure was re-plastered and the resplendent Gothic beauty of this glorious church was meticulously restored. The entire premise was beautified with inter-locking cement blocks.

One recent addition by Rev. Fr. S. Jayanathan is a remarkable Adoration Chapel, conducive to silent prayer and meditation. It has become a popular stopping point for people in need of a few moments quite time with the Lord.

St. Anthony’s Shrine:

 On the right of the main church of St. Patrick’s is a little shrine dedicated to St. Anthony.  Known as St. Anthony’s Shrine, it attracts devotees from all walks of life. It was originally a club house and a meeting place known as St. Anthony’s Hall, under which name it was inaugurated in 1926.  In the early 1950s, it was blessed as a Shrine.  It has recently undergone renovation and a new statue of St. Anthony has been installed by Fr. Sagayanathan.

People from different faiths and from all strata of society, young and old visit.  Some come on brief visits, while others begin pouring out their anguish, beseeching St. Anthony to intercede for them in their various problems and tribulations.

The annual feast of St. Anthony on 13th June is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm.

A place worth to visit.

 

APMC Yard-Yeshwanthapur

APMC Yard-Yeshwanthapur

Yeshwanthapur is a sub locality in the north western part of Bengaluru City. It is located to the north of Malleshwaram and west of Hebbal.  This constituency has 5 wards. The biggest  wholesale market of agricultural produce in the city, the Yeshwanthpur APMC Yard, is situated in Yeshwanthpur.

APMC Yard:

Located 10 kms. from the heart of the city at Yeshwanthapur, this yard is the South India’s biggest regulated agricultural market. Spread over 93 acres houses 1,980 wholesale shops that employ nearly 2,000 workers and trade in a mind-boggling variety of things Indians need every month: onions, garlic, potatoes, rice, atta, sugar, pulses, chillies, jaggery, coconuts etc. Even if the entire South India goes out of stock, this market can still supply potatoes and onions to the city and adjoining places.

 

The APMC yard at Yeshwantpur is a beehive of activity. Trucks laden with various agricultural produce stream into the yard from across the state and country. The unloaded vegetables are stored in sacks in shops. Most of the produce, including potatoes and onions, do not need any special care from rotting.

 

The Bengaluru APMC has constituted two flying squads of enforcement personnel to check on a daily basis the stock of essential commodities around the city.

ISKCON At Rajajinagar

ISKCON At Rajajinagar

Rajajinagar  is named after Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari, the first Indian Governor General of India.   This constituency has 7 wards.  The famous temple ICKSON is in this area.

ISKCON Temple :

Sri Radha Krishna Temple has  deities of Radha and Krishna at ISKCON Rajajinagar in North Bengaluru. It is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world.  The temple is a huge cultural complex that was inaugurated in 1997 by Shankar Dayal Sharma. The project was conceived and executed by Madhu Pandit Dasa.

Hare Krishna Hill is the hillock on which the  temple is situated. ISKCON Bangalore is a charitable society with the objective of propagating Krishna Consciousness as explained by Srila Prabhupada, whose teachings are based on Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.

His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada founded ISKCON in 1966, for preaching the message of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu: the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra.

In 1987, the society was operating from a rented house in Bengaluru.  In the year 1987, the leaders of the society applied to Bangalore Development Authority   for allotment of land to construct a grand temple and cultural complex. The land was allotted on August 3, 1988 – a seven-acre hillock, which was nothing but a huge piece of monolithic rock that could not be converted into sites. The BDA described it as “karaab land” (waste land). A temporary shed was constructed to set up a makeshift  temple and the deities of Sri Sri Krishna Balarama moved to this shed on the appearance day of Lord Balarama (September 1988).

The temple is known for celebrating festivals on a very grand scale attracting thousands of devotees.  Situated in the heart of Bangalore City, ISKCON temple is the most visited place attracting thousands of devotees daily

Meticulously clean surroundings, drinking water, hygienic washrooms, elevators for senior citizens and the specially-abled, adequate car parking, visible signboards, a variety of eatables, etc. are some of the well thought of amenities for  visitors.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an initiative of ISKCON Bangalore is principally involved in implementing the Mid-Day Meal programme to the children in Government and Government-aided schools.

 

 

Karnataka Haridasa Scientific Research Centre-Vijayanagar

Karnataka Haridasa Scientific Research Centre-Vijayanagar

 

Vijayanagar derives its name from the Vijayanagar Empire that flourished during the 15th and 16th  century in South India.  This constituency has 8 wards.   A well known landmark in this constituency is the KHSRC.

Karnataka Haridasa Scientific Research Centre

This is the culmination of the efforts of a group of dedicated individuals drawn from various walks of life for more than four decades.  This was founded by Professor Ranganath Bharadwaj, a leading economists, econometricians, methodologists, educationists, theatre persons in India.  The Centre has initiated innovative programs in fields such as Economics, Econometrics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Education, Astronomy to name a few.  The activities are anchored to the Structural School of Thought, an alternative methodology developed by Prof. Bharadwaj  in response to the deepening methodological crisis in sciences, including education and economics.  This approach makes one to view self, science and society in an integrated framework.

The programs of this centre are aimed at fusing science and spiritualism to enrich life.  “Vijnana Vaijayanthi” is the most important annual event.  The seminars conducted here are unique.  The studies conducted here have shown the methodology implied in the works of Haridasa and the Structural Method is congruent.  In view of this and after examining the result from all aspects, the sponsors of the Trust named it as “Karnataka Haridasa Scientific Research Centre”.

 

Jain Temple – Chickpet

Jain Temple – Chickpet

Chikpet is a shopping area in Bengaluru. ‘Chick’ means small and ‘pete’ means market.  In the 16th century Kempegowda establishing chickpete at the cross road of 4 important trade routes when he founded the city of Bengaluru.  During the time chickepte was called pete.  Chickpete is a crowded market  with a network of narrow streets.  It is the most sought after shopping are for the people of Bengaluru, a sit is a diverse market.  This constituency has 7 wards.  The famous Jain temple is in Chickpete..

 

 Shri Mahavira Digambara Jain temple

Jainism traditionally known as Jainadharma, is an Indian religion and philosophy originating in Ancient India. The Jains follow the teachings of the 24 Tirthankaras and Mahavira,  accepted as the founder of the faith, was the 24th and lived in the 6th century BCE. Jains have significantly influenced the religious, ethical, political and economic spheres in India for over two millennia. They are best described by the adage that “Business is in their blood. Peace is their badge.  The combination makes them an extraordinary community in India and so is their case in Bengaluru.  Of the 40 odd Jain temples in Bengaluru, Digambara – affiliated ones are fewer  than the  Svetambara – affiliated ones.  Digambara and Svethambara are the two living schools of the Jain community.  Digambara monks   do not wear clothes since they believe that clothes are like other possessions, increasing dependency and desire for material things, and desire for anything ultimately leads to sorrow. Svetambara monks and nuns wear white, seamless clothes for practical reasons and believe there is nothing in the Jain Agamas that condemns wearing clothes.

Shri Mahavira Digambara Jain temple is located in the Dewan’s lane of Chickpet area has an idol of Mahavira in the  Kayootsarga  posture. The temple constructed in 1878 has undergone many renovations. . But the entrance arch to the temple is intact . The idols of Parshva, Bahubali, Vimalanatha, Anantanatha and Brahma Yaksha  are seen in this temple. A guesthouse for pilgrims, Mahavira Bhavan, Ahimsa Derasar (House of non-violence) and a well equipped library containing the books on Jainism are part of the temple complex.

 

Masjid-e-bilal – Jayanagar

Masjid-e-bilal – Jayanagar

It is an affluent residential and commercial neighborhood in the Southern part of Bengaluru.   The foundation of Jayanagar was laid in the year 1949 and it was one of the firs well-planned neighborhoods in Bengaluru.  Jayanagar is known for its lush green spaces, well planned wide roads.  This constituency has 7 wards.  One of the famous lands-marks of this Constituency in recent years is the Masjid-e-Bilal mosque.

Masjid-e-Bilal:

Masjid-e-Bilal is a newly constructed mosque on Bannerghatta road – Bengaluru. When viewed from the sky, the beauty of this mosque magnifies and is a treat to the eyes. Everything here is grand and extraordinary. The mosque features simple but striking motifs of deep white and blue colours, highlighted with green lights after dawn

Masjid-e-Bilal (Bilal Mosque) is one of the largest mosques in Bengaluru. It was inaugurated in mid-2015. The Turkish-style ‘Masjid Eidgah Bilal’ on Bannerghatta road was consecrated on 11 June. The mosque sits on the corner of a traffic intersection on a popular thoroughfare of southern part of the city. Prestige Group developers undertook the construction which began in 2010 and was completed. At the time of construction JANAB ALHAJ HABEEB KHAN SAHEB was the president of this committee from 2004 to 2015. The mosque was constructed at a cost of Rs. 200,000,000 providing  space for 6,500 namazis to pray at a time. A considerable portion of the cost was contributed by the Prestige Group.

The four-storey mosque was constructed on a portion of the 1.45-acre Bilal Eidgah.

In 2015, Eid prayers were held in a mass congregation, with all the roads within a kilometer cordoned off by the local administration.  In 2016, a mass wedding was organized by Mr. Zafuralla, a philanthropist, and 25 to 30 weddings took place under the guidance of the imam.

People feel that once they enter the masjid, they forget that they are in namma Bengaluru.

Some feel that the masjid is a replica of the masjid which is at Istanbul, Turkey.

Vasantha Vallabharaya Swamy temple@ Vasanthapura-South Bengaluru

Vasantha Vallabharaya Swamy temple@ Vasanthapura-South Bengaluru

This is one of the largest  localities in Karnataka. This locality is known for the Industrial area and Bannerghatta forest.  With the rising population, the high-rise apartments and small villages were merged.  This constituency has 8 wards.  The Temple Vasantha Vallabha Raya Temple falls under Vasanthapura ward.

Vasantha Vallabha Raya Temple-Vasanthapura:

Vasantha Vallabha Raya Temple is one of the ancient temples located on a small hillock in Vasanthapura in Bengaluru South. This temple is 1,000 years old and was built by the Cholas. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vasantha Vallabha Raya Swamy (Lord Venkateshwara). The history of this temple is linked with the legend of Lord Venkateshwara at Tirumala, Tirupati. It is believed that Lord Venkateshwara stayed at this place for some time.

As per sthalapurana, Bengaluru in the old times was called kalyanpuri, and the residential community vasanthapura where the vasantha vallabha raya altar, “committed to Vishnu” is found, was a site amidst a wilderness where blessed sages reflected.

Searches related to the legend  connected with the sanctuary is that the pratisthapana was  by the sage Mandavya. Once, the sage Mandavya, who was in Badarikashrama in the Himalayas, chose to visit the sacred spots in South India, and set off toward Melkote. After a darshan of Cheluvanarayana, on his arrival venture, while contemplating, Vallabharayaswamy appeared to him in a fantasy, and let him know that he was dwelling in Kalyanapuri (now Vasantapura) in Bengaluru.  Mandavya as needs be went to Kalyanapura, and found a captivating idol of Vallabha. Having set up it as indicated by rituals.  While was living at  Guptagiri close-by,  Srinivasa Kalyana occurred on earth. Knowing about it simply after it had happened, Mandavya was exceptionally discouraged at having missed seeing it with his own particular eyes. God, understanding his profundity of feeling, appeared to Mandavya alongside his wifes Bhudevi, Neela Devi, and Vasantanayaki. Having come there, pleased by the magnificence of the spot, the divine beings showered in five lakes close-by, which thus turned out to be sacred and came to be known as Shankhatirtha, Chakratirtha, Plavatirtha, Devatirtha, and Vasantatirtha.   During 2010 the temple authorities made a new silver ratha (chariot), for being used to carry utsava murthi in procession on festive occasions.

While going round the temple the walls are fitted with stones carved with figures of elephants attractively. The shining metallic emblem of Mysore kings (Eagle, with two heads Gandaberunda) and statue of sage Mandavya are worth viewing.

In front of the Vasantha Vallabha Raya Temple, Vasanthapura there is a small temple dedicated to Lord Rama and Hanuman.  The two inclinely laid elephants attached on both sides of stair have tempting features for children to mount them.

The surrounding space of the temple continues to be beautiful.  The flower mendicants are found along the passage offering flowers for performing pooja.   A beautiful piece of history, heritage, as well as the Hindu religious tradition can be seen at Vasantha Vallabha Temple at Vasanthapura.

 

Kannada Sahithya Parishath-Chamarajpet

Kannada Sahithya Parishath-Chamarajpet

You will rarely spot a vathara – a cluster of houses with a common courtyard – in the Bengaluru of today that is awash with apartments unless you are in Chamarajpete.  The vatharas here have over time undergone a transformation, with one-storey tiled roof houses making way for match-box like buildings, but the central courtyards are still intact.  This ability to change but not beyond recognition is, arguably, the quintessential quality of Chamarajpete, the earliest planned locality of the city which completes 125 years.  Despite being the oldest locality in Bengaluru, the neighbour-hood still carries a sense of being a planned layout, a vision that has lasted over a century.  Chamarajpet, built in 1892, derived its name from the then Maharaja Chamarajendra Wadiyar and was originally named Chamarajendra Pete; later  shortened to Chamarajapete.  The area at one point in time was home to many luminaries, including Subodha Ramaravary. T.P.Kailasam, Honappa Bhagavatar, V.Seetharamaiah, M.R.Srinivasamurthy and Karpoora Srinivasarayaru.  The great engineer and Dewan of Mysore, Sir.M.Vishveshvaraiah also lived there for a while.   This constitutency has 7 wards and one of the iconic landmark of this Constituency is the Kannada Saahithya Parishath.

Kannada Saahithya Parishath (Kannada Literary Council)

Is am Indian non-profit organisation that promotes the Kannada language. Its headquarters is in the city of Bengaluru.  It strives to promote Kannada language through publishing books, organizing literary seminars and promoting research projects. It also organizes an annual conference on Kannada literature called Kannada Sahithya Sammelana (Kannada Literary Meet).

Linguistically, Kannadigas were scattered under the different rulers of Mysore, Bombay, Hyderabad and Kodagu during the British Raj. Hence the Kannada language was deeply influenced by other languages and there was no standard communicable Kannada language for all Kannadigas except dialects. A lot of disparity was found in the pronunciation of Kannada. To bring a standard communicable Kannada language for the people and the government, Karnataka’s autonomous cultural body, Karnataka Sahitya Parishat was established on May 5th 1915Later it was changed to Kannada Sahitya Parishat. 

The then Dewan of Mysore State Sir. M. Visveswaraya and the Maharaja of Mysore State, Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the State officials and scholars were instrumental in establishing this literary body to reform the Kannada language and to encourage writers to bring out more works in the language.

From  May 29th 1933, the Parishat was housed in its own building opposite the Akhila Karnataka Makkala Koota in Chamrajpet. The then Dewan of Mysore, Sir Mirza Ismail took keen interest in establishing the present Parishat building. The Parishat has a meeting hall, Sri Krishnaraja Parishat Mandira, in addition to the office building and the publishing department. It was built at a cost of about Rs 30,000. The majority of the cost of the building was borne by Mysore State and the rest came from private donations.

Since its inception, the Parishat has come a long way in the service of the Kannada language. Till now, the Parishat has held 68 state level conventions on Kannada literature. The Parishat has a full-fledged library, a section exclusively for Kannada research scholars. There is a museum where ancient historical exhibits like Panchaloha idols, coins, instruments used by folk singers, all donated by one Suryanarayana Chadaga, a philanthrophist, are displayed. Eminent scholars of the Kannada language like Dr Masthi Venkatesh Iyengar, Thirumale Thatacharya, Prof. A.N. Murthy Rao, Prof. G. Venkatasubbaiah, G. Narayana, Dr Hampa Nagarajaiah, Prof. G.S. Siddalingaiah and others have served as Presidents of the Parishat. The first President of the Parishat was H.V. NanjundaiahEven the Maharajas of Mysore – Narasimharaja Wodeyar, Jayachamaraja Wodeyar have served as honorary presidents.

During its existence, the Parishat has contributed to the growth of Kannada language by organizing conferences and debates, publication and release of books, organizing talks by eminent writers and also by holding the annual  Kannada Sahitya Sammelana..

When you are in and around Chamarajpete make it a point to visit this place as you might come across  rare books.

 

Madiwala Lake-BTM Layout

Madiwala Lake-BTM Layout

An abbreviation of Byrasandra, Thavarekere and Madiwala Layout is a neighbour-hood in South  Bengaluru.   This Constituency has 8 wards. Madiwala lake is one of the important landmark of BTM Layout.

 Madiwala Lake 

One never gets disappointed when they travel to see the beauty of the nature.  The Nature always makes you feel better and better at any time.  It gives hope and a feeling that one can stand alone whatever may happen…..

Bengaluru once used to have so many lakes but due to encroachment, the lakes have reduced slowly.  Madiwala lake is one such lake which is protected from being encroached.  It is situated in the BTM Layout.

Madiwala lake is one of the biggest lakes in Bengaluru spread over an area of 114.3 hectares.  The lake spreads over 270 acres with an island with bamboo bushes at the centre which attracts rare birds. A nice and calm place to spend some time on weekends or in the evenings with family.

It is said the lake was developed during the Chola period. As time passed, it became polluted with industrial waste. Thanks to the efforts of the Karnataka State Forest Department, the lake was cleaned and restored to its former glory in 2008. Citizens have also made efforts to preserve the lake. At a time when Bengaluru’s lakes are being threatened by encroachment and with horrific instances of lakes catching fire, it becomes the responsibility of citizens to ensure lakes like the Madiwala Lake are preserved.

The lake is well maintained, clean and neat. Entry fee is Rs.10/-for adults, Rs.5/- for kids.  Camera ticket is extra at Rs.100/- . You will be pleasantly surprised to find this beautiful large blue lake and  will be delighted  that the lake has boating.  There are 2 types of boats, one with self peddling which can accommodate 4 people and another is a big boat which can accommodate around 20-30 people. You have a whole paddle boat to yourself if you are not scared of waters and you can go on for any distance. You can ride towards the land in the middle of the lake. It is worth a visit on any day!   Boating is at Rs.50/- per person.  Boating can be difficult in the evenings with many people standing in queue.

Pay and Use toilets are present in the premises.  No plastic items are allowed inside.  Walking stretch is very long.  Benches are provided to take some rest and enjoy the beauty in leisure.  It is a good place to relax yourself and have a good time. Ice-cream and corns are available just outside the gate. Also you can see some fishes and feed them too.

You can spot many migratory birds. Painted storks, Indian cormorants, pond herons are found aplenty. The big birds like storks, cranes and ducks are present. There are a variety of migratory birds that flock to this lake: great cormorant, glossy ibis and lesser pied Kingfisher, to name a few. A board with the list of birds sighted at the lake is placed at the centre making bird watching exciting particularly for beginners.

A Nice place to spend weekend with family.

Freedom Park-Gandhinagar

Freedom Park-Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar is a busy neighbour-hood in central Bengaluru.  This constituency has 7 wards.  One of the known place in Gandhinagar is the Freedom Park.

Freedom Park is located in the Central Business District of Gandhinagar, city of Bengaluru. It was formerly the Central Jail.The most awaited park of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike, the Freedom Park, opened to the public in November 2008. This, over-20 acre park, built on the former Central Jail premises on Seshadri Road is mainly constructed for arranging rallies, dharnas and protests and, therefore, not affecting the flow of traffic on such occasions.

The design to convert a prison into a park was done by Soumitro Ghosh and Nisha Mathew Ghosh of Mathew & Ghosh Architects Pvt Limited, a husband and wife team. They were chosen after they won a nation-wide contest in 2003. The competition was initiated by the BBMP and the Bangalore Agenda Task Force. It is another unique & a very interesting park in Bangalore. This park is inspired by the Hyde Park and the Kensington park of London.  This is probably the 2nd jail to be showcased for tourists. The first being the cellular jail in Andamans. The Park, now a vital green lung space in fast-concretizing Bengaluru, has a long history to it. The plans for the park were finalized as early as 2002. The project was conceived in 2004 and the work started only in 2006.

This park has various parts. There are massive barracks which were used to keep common prisoners along with a VIP enclosure which was used to accommodate high profile prisoners. There is also a central tower which was used to observe the activities of the prisoners.

According to the Engineer-in-Chief, A K Gopalaswamy  “it is a masterpiece in itself. No one imagined that the Central Jail could get this makeover while retaining its historical significance.” The barracks and the hospital blocks are retained as heritage structures.  The Old Building of Central Jail has been preserved because of its historical significance.  The central tower and the prison’s entrance block are the other structures that have found their way into the park. The park has been categorized under six broad areas: general, museum and exhibition, contemporary art, retail, performance spaces and water features.

The park has more to it than just the rally area; it has a jogger’s track (3000 sq.m), children’s [;ay area (5200 sq.m), jail museum, information corridor gallery, book museuym, children’s interactive museum in the old cells yard, tree museum and an outdoor exhition park.  The Freedom Wall stretch of he old jail house a permanent multimedia art sculpture court, pathway junctions, designer souvenir shops, book shop, traditional craft stalls, 150-seater amphitheatre, 50-seater enclosed theatre space and an open plaza for gathering.  A water pool at main entrance and natural localized water percolation zones are visible only in the rainy season.  There is also a cafeteria as well as ample of parking space.

Originally a place which was used to prison those against British rule since 1857, Freedom Park sees many interested visitors. As symbol of freedom, it was inaugurated by Shri L.K.Advani, who, coincidentally about 31 years earlier had been imprisoned in the jail premises during the 1977 emergency imposed by Smt Indira Gandhi (the then Prime Minister of India). At that time, other political leaders like Shri AB Vajpayee, Shri Ramakrishna Hegde and Shri H D Deve Gowda were also imprisoned at the Freedom Park jail.

It also hosted the India Against Corruption (IAC) supported by Anna Hazare’s  indefinite fast for governmental action in the enactment of the Lok Pal Bill.

Must See Attractions at Freedom Park

The Jail Museum has some antique photos and has a great view of the whole Park.
The original Watch Tower and some of the Barracks have been left untouched and surprisingly have been designed in such a way that they blend very well with the park. The Hospital Block has been retained as heritage structure. The Children’s play area is a big boon to the kids of the area and is very popular even with the parents. A 300 seater Amphitheatre and the Musical Fountain are the other added attractions.

Overall Freedom Park is a very peaceful & beautiful park for reading, walking and relaxing. The Freedom Park is sure to become a major tourist attraction of Bengaluru in the years. It’s a must visit place at Bengaluru.

Ulsoor Lake – Shivajinagar

Ulsoor Lake – Shivajinagar

Shivajinagar is named after the Maratha King Shivaji Bhonsle.  It is one of the oldest localities in Bengaluru. When the British cantonment was established, ulsoor became a native settlement serving the native residents.   This Constituency has 7 wards.  Ulsoor is one of the area which comes under this constituency.  Ulsoor  is renowned for its quaint narrow streets lined with stylist home décor stores and boutiques selling hand-woven saris and numerous temples like the impressive Halasuru Someshwara Temple, which dates back to the 16th century.    One of the major attraction in and around Shivajinagar is the Ulsoor lake.

ULSOOR LAKE :

Home to Bengaluru’s biggest lake, Ulsoor is one the oldest neighbour-hoods in the city, Ulsoor also known as Halasuru is among the oldest villages in the city of Bengaluru and houses the Ulsoor lake, which is considered one of the biggest lakes in the city.

The word ‘Halasina Hannu’ means jackfruit in kannada and as there was a jackfruit orchard in the place, it was also named Halasuru.  Thus, the lake was christened as Halasuru Lake, which was later modified as Ulsoor Lake during the British Era. The lake is spread over approx. 120 acres and the average depth is 19 ft. It has several islands. Even though the lake is dated to Kempegowda’s time, the present lake was created by Sir. Lewin Bentham Bowring, the then Commissioner of Bengaluru. The story of the lake goes like this: The Vijayanagar Emperors gifted this neighbour-hood to Kempe Gowda I, who was the founder of Bengaluru. The lake was formed by Kempe Gowda II, the successor of Kempe Gowda I. In 1807 Ulsoor had its first military station set up by the British. History says that the lake was originally covered with forest. Kempe Gowda, one day while coming from Yelahanka, felt very tired and fell asleep under the tree where Mandava Rishi had worshipped God Someshvara. God Someshvara came to his dreams and gave him information of a hidden treasure. After getting the treasure, Kempe Gowda built a pagoda using Dravidian architectural style and dedicated it to God Someshvara.

Two springs exist at the bottom of the lake.  The mini islands dotting the lake were used for film shootings and cultural events. Amid the trees lining the lake, joggers and walkers would sweat it out in the mornings and hawkers would peddle their wares on balmy summer evenings. The lake is marked with several beautiful islands and ancient temples in its vicinity, making it an interesting location for tourists.  Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara, on the edge of the Ulsoor Lake, enhances the beauty of the landscape. This lake houses different kinds of flowers, birds and insects. One can easily spot a purple swamphen or a crane, a brahmani kite or a heron. The lake is also a favourite spot for morning and evening walkers. Fountains can be seen at specific timings.

The natural beauty of this destination is enhanced by the lush greenery that surrounds the lake. Owing to its natural beauty and calming environment, the Ulsoor Lake is frequented by picnickers and nature lovers alike. A day out at Ulsoor Lake is abundant in a number of activities that can be pursued here Whip out your cameras and click a few shots of the endemic birds that call this destination their home. One of the major activities for tourists here is boating. The boat club of the lake arranges cruises that can be availed at a charge. The cruise takes you around the lake, with stopovers at some of the beautiful islands.which is an amazing way to understand the landscape and revel in the charm of this destination. A weekend picnic complete with homemade snacks and a game of badminton is a must when you visit Ulsoor Lake! Visitors can enjoy the sunset views while boating at the lake, which also has a walking trail along the shore. You can either take a pedal or rowboat to go on an excursion around the waters of Ulsoor Lake. You can make stops at the many islands that are situated here, and admire a view of the lake from different points.

During August-September, the Ulsoor lake comes alive as the famous Ganesh Festival is celebrated here in a grand way. Tourists, locals, and enthusiasts pour in large numbers to enjoy the festival. The lake hosts different cultural programmes round the year.

Connected to the centre by the Mahatma Gandhi Road, ulsoor remains a sleepy spread out suburb closely connected with nature and still manages to be buzzing with activity, thanks to a cluster of bakeries, cafes, watering holes and plenty of curio shops in the vicinity.  If swimming is more of your thing, then you can splash around in the swimming pool that is provided at the Ulsoor Lake by the recreational complex situated here, which remains open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Wednesdays Boat training facility is available at the lake which is organized by Madras Engineering groups, and once you are done for the day, you can gorge on delicious snacks and piping hot coffee that is easily available at the nearby eateries.

DRDO @ C.V.Raman Nagar

 

C.V.Raman Nagar is located in the eastern part of the city of Bengaluru.  The well developed locality was named after the Nobel Prize winner Sri.Chandrashekhara Venkata Raman.  This constituency has 7 wards.  The Central Government  organisation DRDO  is at this constituency.

Defence Research & Development Organization: (DRDO)

This department works under Department of Defence Research and Development of Ministry of Defence. DRDO dedicatedly working towards enhancing self-reliance in Defence Systems and undertakes design & development, leading to production of world class weapon systems and equipment in accordance with the expressed needs and the qualitative requirements laid down by the three services i.e., Army, Navy and Air Force.

DRDO is working in various areas of military technology which include aeronautics, armaments, combat vehicles, electronics, instrumentation engineering systems, missiles, materials, naval systems, advanced computing, simulation and life sciences. DRDO while striving to meet the Cutting edge weapons technology requirements provides ample spinoff benefits to the society at large thereby contributing to the nation building.

DRDO has a dynamic training and development policy which is executed through the Continuing Educational Programmes (CEP) for all cadre personnel viz   DRDS, DRTC, Admin & Allied. At the entry level in DRDS, the newly recruited scientists undergo a 16 weeks Induction Course at Institute of Armament Technology (IAT), Pune. Under the Research and Training (R&T) scheme the scientists are sponsored for ME/M Tech programs at IITs/IISc and reputed universities.

The vision and Mission of DRDO are  to make India prosperous by establishing world-class science and technology base and to provide defence services with internationally competitive systems and solutions.  To design and develop state of the art sensors,  weapon systems, platforms and allied equipment .  Providing technological solutions to the Defence services to combat effectiveness and to promote well-being of the troops along with developing infrastructure and getting committed quality manpower, building a strong technology base.

 

Coles Park – Pulkeshinagar

Coles Park – Pulkeshinagar

Pulakeshinagar formerly known as Frazer town is a suburb of Bengaluru Cantonment in Bangalore North-East. It was established in 1906 and is named after Stuart Mitford Fraser (1864-1963),  who was the tutor and guardian of Krisna Raja Wadiyar IV,  Maharaja of Mysore.  Fraser Town was established to decongest the growing Bengaluru  Civil and Military Station (otherwise known as the Bangalore Cantonment.  The foundation of Fraser Town was laid in August 1910 by Mrs. F J Richards, with a commemorative plaque on the corner of Coles Road and Mosque Road.

Before being known as Fraser Town, the suburb was called Mootocherry by the locals.  In 1988, the BBMP renamed Fraser Town as Pulakeshinagar, after an ancient King which ruled the Deccan.  However, the name has not caught on and continues to be popularly known as Fraser Town.  This constituency has 7 wards.  The famous Cole’s park comes under this Constituency.

Coles Park :

 Coles Park is one of the popular parks in Fraser Town, located West of St. John’s Hill, enclosed Promenade Road, Haines Road, Kemp Road, St. John’s Church Road and Sauders Road. Coles Park is named after Arthur Henry Cole (1780-1844), British Resident of Mysore (1809, 1812)  who went on to become the Member of Parliament on return to Ireland, representing Enniskillen between 1828-1844.  Arthur Henry Cole paid an important role in getting the support of the Maharaja of Mysore for the construction of St. Bartholomew’s Church in Mysore.  Covering an areas an area of 27,280m2, Coles Park was established in 1914.

Coles Park was once in its peak of glory with a bandstand and 3 tennis courts. The Band of the Bangalore Rifle Volunteers, played at the bandstand every first Saturday of the month. YWCA used to run of the tennis courts. The park is fairly maintained, even though there is some encroachments. Coles Park is officially known as the Freedom Fighters Park, however still popularly known by its former name.  The Park is open between 5AM to 11PM, but the Nursery is closed except during the Lalbagh Flower Show.  The Madras Sappers Regiment has a memorial for fallen Indian soldiers in various conflicts, including the Kargil Conflict.

The Wesleyan Tamil Mission was established in Bangalore by Rev. Eloah Hoole and James Mowatt in April 1821, in the location where the Goodwill’s Girls School Goodwill’s Girls School and the Wesley English Church is presently located, North of Coles Park. Eliah Hoole in his book “Personal  Narrative of a Mission to the South of India, from 1820 to 1828acknowledges the help rendered by the British Resident in Mysore, Arthur Henry Cole, in getting the support of the Maharaja of Mysore.  It could be possible that the park adjacent to the Wesleyan Tamil Mission could have been named after Cole, to acknowledge this support. If that’s the case, then Cole’s Park has been known by that name for nearly 200 years.

 

 

Hebbal Lake – Hebbal

Hebbal Lake – Hebbal

Hebbal was part of the rural Bengaluru a few decades back. It was once indicative of the North end point of the city and marked the end of corporation limits. One can still see the milestone between the Baptist Hospital and Check-post.  The word Hebbal is believed to be derived from the beautiful Hebba Lake which lies to the north. On the other hand when analyzed, the name Hebba-halla in Kannada, Hebba means big or large and word Halla for deep. It gives the meaning of Hebbala Kere or literally translated as a large deep lake.  This constituency has 8 wards.  Hebbal lake is a known landmark of this constituency.

HEBBAL LAKE:

It was one of the three lakes created in 1537 by Kempe Gowda.  Like most lakes or “tanks” in the Bebgaluru region it was formed by the damming natural valley systems  by the construction of bunds.

Hebbal lake gets its name from its place Hebbal in North Bangalore. The best view of this lake will be from the famous Hebbal fly-over on the outer-ring-road.  View from  flyover is unmatchable.   The lake is well maintained, with lush green trees and a beautiful sun-set can be seen from this place.  Picturesque, serene and calm place right in the heart of the city. Ideal place to take a relaxing break from the chaos of busy city life.  One  will get a good view of the lake through one side of the road which pass through the side of hebbal flyover.

Endless greenery,  gulmohar  (flame of the forest  flowers) strewn walking paths, chirping of birds, merry lotuses in the lake and well manicured lawn, its nature at its best. There is nothing to do inside besides letting yourself envelope in nature.

Over the passage of time, the lake had lost its glory owing to water pollution and the lack of proper maintenance. Restoration of the lake was started in 1998 and a huge amount of money was spent for the purpose. During that period of restoration major changes were incorporated in the ecosystem of the lake.

It is one of the most  beautiful place in Bengaluru.  The main attraction of the Hebbal Lake is the wide variety of birds that have made the lake their home. It is wonderful place for jogging early in the morning or to enjoy a walk among the various plants and trees. The lake is ideal for bird watching during the early morning hours. It is a paradise for bird lovers and people who are interested in photography. The habitat is favoured by many species of water birds including large water-birds such as the spot-billed pelican, Eurasian Pelican, Eurasian Spoonbill, Shoveller, Pintail, garganey, little grebe, coot and spot-billed duck. The shallow zone supports sandpipers and other waders as well as purple moorhens, purple herons and grey herons.  The sunrise and Sunset with looming Twin towers building in the background is a photographers delight.

Spend some quality time with your family and friends at this amazing beautiful lake. Its greenery and scenic beauty is the attraction one craves for.  Altogether it’s a recommendable option for the nature lovers.

Taralaya @ Malleshwaram

Taralaya @ Malleshwaram

Malleshwara is a north-western district of Bengaluru city. It has a history that dates back to 300 years.  Britishers took over the Malleshwaram area and developed it. It developed as a suburb during the great plague of 1898, which caused many people to move out from the city center.  It derives its name from the Kaadu Malleshwara temple.   This constituency has  7 wards.  One of the famous landmark of this area is the Taralaya. 

SKY THEATRE- TARALAYA (JAWAHARLAL NEHRU PLANETARIUM)  – MALLESHWARAM

The Planetarium is situated at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Building, Sri T. Chowdaiah Road, High Grounds, Bengaluru.

From fascinating shows on the stars and planets to an engaging, open-air Science Park; the Nehru Planetarium is one of the most beautiful public spaces in Bengaluru that a child of any age-group can enjoy. Definitely an afternoon worth spending at.

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium (JNP) Bengaluru was established in 1989 by the Bangalore city Corporation, now known as the BBMP.  The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bengaluru is one of the five planetariums in India, all of which have been named after the country’s first Prime Minister.

JNP started in 1989, has emerged as a premier institution in India.  It attracts over 2.5 lakh visitors annually, majority of whom are students.  It is equipped with a large 15.0m dome and a state of the art hybrid projection system installed and commissioned in 2017.  The planetarium projector is Space Master, a German Carl Zeiss. With the help of this projector one can see the night sky on the dome of the planetarium. The constellations are also projected through this projector. It is used for teaching astronomy as well as for conducting shows.

The science Park surrounding the Planetarium displays models of Sun Dial, Resonant Swings, Whispering Dishes, the D.N.A, a PSLV rocket, and a giant kaleidoscope. A lot can be learnt about science while exploring these models.

JNP has monthly star gazing, monthly science movies, sky-theatre show every day, viewing of astronomical events, etc.

The most popular show in JNP that pulls lakhs of visitors round the year is the Sky Theatre. Sky Theatre includes use of different visuals such as computer animations, cartoon special-effects and video clippings. The planetarium has a total capacity of 210 seats.  Public events at the planetarium include viewing of astronomical events such as solar eclipse, transition of planets, passing of comets, etc. During this time, special arrangements are made, like installing portable telescopes in the open area of the planetarium. For live coverage of astronomical events occurring elsewhere, large display screens are provided with special video projectors.

Many educational activities and experiments on rocket launch, atmospheric pressure, and speedometer are held for the benefit of students.  Their science education activities viz., Research Education Advancement Program (REAP), Interactive Week-end Sessions for school children, Summer programs, Science exhibitions and workshops attract thousands of students every year.

JNP organizes several popularization and non-formal science education activities throughout the year.  Because of these multifarious activities organized every year, it has emerged as a premier planetarium at the national level.

There are certain rules which must be followed while visiting the planetarium. No food or water can be carried inside. Mobile phones, laser pointers, disco lights and toys emitting such lights are prohibited. Also, visitors are not allowed to touch the exhibits on display.

If you have young children make it a point to take them and encourage their interest in Astro-physics.

 

Anjaneya @ Mahalakshmi Layout

Anjaneya @ Mahalakshmi Layout

Mahalakshmi Layout is one of the biggest residential  suburb in north-west Bengaluru.  It has been attributed with many sobriquets such as “Layout of Hills”, “Twin Layout” and “Temple Layout”. There are around 10 temples within a radius of 200 meters in this layout. Mahalakshmi Layout is one of the most  popular locations for shooting kannada movies and TV serials.

This constituency has 7 wards.  The famous temple of Lord Hanuman etched on a single monolith stone is a prominent temple in this area. True to its name, there is also a temple in the name of goddess Mahalakshmi.

Sri Prasanna Veeranjaneya Swamy:

Before Indian independence, Mahalakshmipura area was a barren land mostly interspersed with small hills, but was a prominent place for the British Army who were fond of a particular hill in that area because it had a naturally formed huge upright rock which was suitable for shooting practice. After independence and subsequent withdrawal of the British troops, the area had literally become “No Man’s Land” because it was way beyond the outskirts of the then Bengaluru city.

Legend has it that a passerby (probably a traveler with artistic & religious inclination) felt the place had a spiritual aura, and spent the next few days using the huge rock as a canvas to come up with an outline sketch of Lord Hanuman (Anjaneya Swamy). Within months, devotees started thronging the place to offer prayers & puja, and despite being far away from the actual city, it had already become a popular pilgrimage for people in Bengaluru and other nearby towns.

This temple is run by Sri Prasanna Veeranjaneya Swamy Trust. The temple compound extends over 13 acres and has a separate grand sannathi for Mahalakshmi. The Goddess Mahalakshmi idol is 12 feet height. The idol is seated on a 5 feet lotus. The entire area is both lovely & very charming. There is a beautiful, pleasant meditation hall with deities Lord Kodanda Rama and Sri Dhyana Anjaneya. Adjacent is a huge library with a wide collection of religious books.

The main temple is 40 feet long and 40 ft wide and in the middle the idol of the Sri Prasanna Veeranjaneya Swamy is situated. The upper portion of the temple is 40 ft high and having a dome. Here the engraved image on the rock depicts a simple figure of Anjaneya in a standing position. The huge depiction of Sri Prasanna Anjaneyaswamy is magnificent, inspiring, and at the same time pleasant on the eyes.

During Mysore Maharaja’s rule Mahalakshmipura was a place for shooting.  There was a huge rock on the top of a small hill.  From the distance it was a wonderful view.  The rock on the top of the hill was 22 feet high and 16 feet in breadth and 4 feet wide. The first Pooja was performed on the Ramanavami day in 1973.

A Committee was formed and decided to have the status of Sri Prasanna Veeranjaneya Swamy in the place of the painting.  Sri.Shanmugananda Stapati, the sculptor completed the carving of the idol during 1974. This vast  black stone idol is 22 feet tall.

On the Magashuddha Trayodashi day Hanuman Jayanthi pooja is performed. For one week this festival is celebrated and different cultural programmes are organised.  Annual function is held on Jestashuddha Dashmi, Sri Rama Pattabhisheka, Sri Sitarama Kalyanotsavam, Sathyanarayana Pooja and Lakshmi Pooja are performed.

 

 

 

 

 

Ayyappa Temple@Jalahalli-Dasarahalli

Ayyappa Temple@Jalahalli-Dasarahalli

Dasarahalli is the name of multiple localities in Karnataka Tumkur road Dasarahalli or Peenya Dasarahalli was a former City Municipal Council, but now it’s officially one of the zones of BBMP. This constituency has 8 wards.  The notable landmark of this constituency is the Ayyappan temple at Jalahalli.

 Ayyappan Temple at Jalahalli:

 The sphere of influence of Lord Ayyappa had spread beyond the boundaries of Kerala and New Ayyappan temples had started springing up at various places not only in the other States of the South and north India but even in other countries also.  The first such shrine to Lord Ayyappa was built out of Kerala is the Jalahalli temple at Bengaluru.

 This is the first Ayyappa Temple of Karnataka.  The temple is situated on Subroto Mukherji Road at Jalahalli West, about one KM northwards from 12th KM stone at Jalahalli Cross on Bengaluru-Pune NH.

Devotees consider this Ayyappa Temple as the Sabarimala of Karnataka.  This is one of the busiest temples in Karnataka with daily poojas and other activities. Here the installation ceremony was conducted in the year 1967. On all 365 days, the temple provides annadhanam to its devotees.  Other attractions of this temple includes Sree Ayyappa Educational Charitable Trust, Sree Ayyappa Medical Centre and 2 schools.

The new Sreekovil is in the model of Sabarimala Sreekovil for Lord Ayyappa. New sub-shrines were also built for Lord Ganesha, Devi Durga, Lord Subramanian, Navagrahas and Nagadevathas. The re-installation ceremony of Lord Ayyappa, Lord Ganapathy and Devi Durga were performed on 26th April 2004 and Lord Subramanian in 2005 by the then Chief Priest of Holy Sabarimala Late Brahmasree Thazhaman Madham Neelakantararu Thanthri. Navagraha prathishta was peformed on 8th June 2006 by Brahmasree Thazhaman Madhom Rajeevaru Thanthri. New Valiyambalam, Vilakkumadam, Balikkalppura and Thidappalli were also built. Kumbhabhishekam of New Rajagopuram in traditional Kerala style and new Teakwood Dhwajasthambham with Gold covering was also performed, making this Temple entirely built on aesthetical Vaastu style, as designed by Vaastu exponent Cheruvalli Narayanan Namboodiri. Marvellous workmanship of expert wood and Stone Master Craftsmen can been seen in every structure of this renovated Temple. The wood work is done with special teak wood from world famous Nilambur forests and stone work is done with special ‘Krishnasila’.

Ayyappa temple in Jalahalli have an elephant named Girija Prasad alias Manikantan. In 2000 a devotee from Kerala, Jacob Abraham, gifted the elephant to the Ayyappa Temple at Jalahalli. Subsequently, the Forest Department issued a certificate of ownership to the temple. The temple and the elephant became so famous devotees from near and far came to Jalahalli in Bengaluru to have a darshan of the deity as well as the elephant, and the animal attained the status of an icon for the temple.

Gali Anjaneya Temple-Bytarayanapura

Gali Anjaneya Temple-Bytarayanapura

Bytarayanapura is a suburb of Bengaluru city. It has famous educational institutions like Sharada Vidya Peeta, Welight Academy of Education, Vibgyor Institutions, National Public School and many more. This constituency has 7 wards.  The famous landmark of this constituency is the Gali Anjaneya Temple.

Gali Anjaneya Temple:

 Saint Sri Vyasaraya of Channapattana, a great philosopher and devotee to Lord Anjaneya has built around 732 temples for  Lord Anjaneya (Hanuman). It is believed that Sri Vyasaraya established this temple in the year 1425 at the convergence of two rivers – Vrishabhavathi and Paschimavahini (at present only industrial waste is flowing making Vrishabhavathi seem more similar to drain rather than river). It is that since Anjaneya (Hanuman) is son of Vayu, the wind God therefore the name Gali Anjaneya.

Today this open temple had developed to be a big temple in the extremely congested area Byatarayanapura in Bengaluru  – Mysore Road.

The statue of the Lord faces the devotees and hence a lot of them come here to seek his blessings. Gali Anjaneya temple has a tall tower and the God here is facing west. The deity is always smeared with the sacred saffron paste, considered to be favourite of Hanuman, the same along with a sacred thread is given to the devotees to get rid of their problems and obstacles in life as prasadam. The tail of Lord here has a bell tied to it at the end, indicating the signature style of Sri Vyasaraja. The statue of the Lord also has a moustache, which makes him look all the more manly. The left hand rests on the waist while the right hand is in the blessing posture. Another uniqueness of the statue here is that the Lord Hanuman is in the calm stature.

It is a big challenge to get inside the temple during the peak hours on Saturdays with a long queue of devotees reaching the end of the main road.  However, during the other days, it is easy to catch the glimpse of the Lord here. The celebration of car festival takes place once in a year and it has been followed for the last 120 years. Lot of devotees visit the temple during the festivities. There are shrines of Lord Venugopalaswamy, Lord Rama, Lord Ganapathi and Navagraha inside the temple complex. It is said that a lot of politicians visit  this temple to offer prayers and to get the blessings of the God for their success in their areas of work and the Lord here is known for curing ailments in children.

So, why wait more, when we have a chance? Why not plan one of your days over this week to seek the blessings from our deity Gali Anjaneya!

 

Pheonix Marketcity Mall-Mahadevapur

Pheonix Marketcity Mall-Mahadevapur

It is a suburb in Bengaluru.  In recent years it has become a major  IT hub.  It is in close proximity to ITPL and other IT hubs such as Whitefiled , Marathahalli and Bellandur. This constituency  has 8 wards.  The famous Pheonix City Mall is in one of the wards  i.e, Marathahalli.

Pheonix City Mall:

Redefining lifestyles, Bengaluru’s truly international shopping and lifestyle destination designed for the dynamic and discerning customer, Phoenix Marketcity, Bengaluru is developed by The Pheonix Mill Co. Ltd.is an architecturally path-breaking, iconic destination located on Whitefield Main Road, Mahadevapura.

It is the largest mall in Bengaluru by area, occupying 1,600,000 square feet (150,000) with 1,400,000 square feet (130,000) of retail space on four floors, which houses over 300 stores, representing an exhaustive mix of International, National and Regional premium brands, the mall offers the most comprehensive and compelling lifestyle shopping experience. It also houses a nine screen PVR Cinemas multiplex.  It is one of the biggest open malls in Bengaluru and offers variety of food, retail options and activities for all age groups.  The mall creates an epicentre within a city that offers people a complete solution in one destination.

It is a great mall to hang out with family and friends. Like other malls it has a lot of shops and restaurants. It also offers a venue for various outdoor open air events like music and dance. These are great to watch from outside seating on a restaurant.

So if you are going to do a mall hopping thing some weekend then you should head to Pheonix for sure.

 

Banaswadi Hanuman Temple-Sarvagnanagar

Banaswadi Hanuman Temple-Sarvagnanagar

It is one of the suburbs which was formed to de-congest  thickly populated areas of the Bengaluru cantonment after the bubonic plague in 1989.  Previously the area was known as Cox Town.  This Constituency has 8 wards.  One of the famous Anjaneya temple in Bengaluru comes under Banaswadi ward of this constituency.

Anjaneya Swamy Temple :

Temple worship is a main routine among  Hindus. Temple pooja is normally called as Archana in which offerings are placed before the deity. This ancient  temple known as Hanuman temple of Dodda Banaswadi is said to be more than 150 years old.  This place is a well known busy locality situated to the north east of Bengaluru about 6 kms. from the centre of the city. The Most important  fact  to know about is that this temple was constructed in dravidian fashion.  The statue of Anjaneya in this temple was sculptured in a town located between Kundapura and Udupi named Saligrama. The deity is 4ft. tall looks very manificent and is installed by the Saint guru Sri Vyasaajaru. Many devotees believe that the God in this  temple is very powerful and the wishes  get fulfilled. The whole year the temple conducts poojas and celebrates religious festivities.

This temple was designed by late Sri Kempegowda the architect of Bengaluru.  The temple ‘Gopura’ was constructed in typical Dravidian style.

On Saturdays lot of devotees had flock the shrine. There are other deities as well in the same shrine like Ganapathi, Venkateshwara, Srirama, Basaveshwara, Lord Rama, Lord Shiva etc.

Every year on the day of Hanuman Jayanthi which falls between December 16 to January 14, usually on a full moon-day in the month of Chaitra, the idol of Lord Hanuman sheds tears. The tears have continued to flow over the years and this is perhaps the most unique feature of this temple. It is a rare phenomenon and people flock from all parts of Bengaluru to witness this miracle. Infact, no other Hanuman temple has reported such a phenomenon.

 

 

Rajarajeshwari Temple

Rajarajeshwari Temple

Rajarajeshwari Nagar is a residential locality in Bengaluru. It is located in the southwestern part of Bengaluru  along the Mysore Road next to Nagarbhavi to the north and Kengeri to the West.   This constituency has 9 wards. One of the famous temple is this constituency is Rajarajeshwari temple. The constituency was named after the temple.

Rajarajeshwari Temple:

This  is one of the old and beautiful temples in Bengaluru located in Rajarajeshwari Nagar.   The Foundation stone was laid there by Sri Tiruchi Mahaswamigal on 3rd April 1960 and built a temple dedicated to Goddess Sri Rajarajeshwari, as there are Puranic legends about the place.  Swamiji also built a Sri Chakra temple where MAHA MERU is installed in its all glory.

The presiding Deity ‘Sri Rajarajeshwari’ is seated on this Shakti Peetha called as Jaya Peetha in the magnificent temple precincts. Sage Athreya and his devout wife Anusuya are believed to have lived here.

The eye-catching temple, built in the Dravidian style of architecture, has five Rajagopuras. However, the main attraction is the six-feet tall, inspiring stone image of Divine Mother Sri Raja Rajeshwari, also worshipped as Mother Sri Jnanakshi. The Temple is a magnificent edifice in pure granite. Verily a masterpiece among the recent monuments in the whole of Karnataka. It is an excellent specimen of Dravidian religious architecture, and is built strictly in accordance with the agama prescriptions. With its finely carved pillars (Sthambha) and beautifully dressed walls (Bhitti) it presents a charming spectacle.

It is complete with an elevated sanctum (garbha griha), a porch (antarala), an open pillared hall (Mukha Mantapa), a wide circumambulatory path (Pradikshina patha) and an inner courtyard. In the sanctum sanctorum (garbha griha) can be seen the splendid stone image (six feet in height) of the Divine Mother Sri Jnanakshi Rajarajeshwari, seated on a throne with her right leg folded and placed across the seat, while her left leg is bent at the knee and stretched below to rest on a lotus in full bloom. The worship is conducted in the Saivagama tradition, elaborately and meticulously, by competent and well trained priests.

On the 27th of March every year at sunrise, the rays of the sun fall directly on the Devi’s forehead and travel down to her feet. This was not planned, but it happens that way.

The temple attracts more and more devotees every day; and special mention should be made of the Navarathri Celebrations and Brahmotsavam, during which Chandi Homa is performed every day.  Devotees from distant places can be seen in long queues at the temple, particularly on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Swamiji’s love for tradition can also be seen in the Sri Rajarajeshwari Samskruta Vedagama Mahapathashala that he started in 1976. This is a school where instruction in the scriptures relating to temple-worship is imparted in the traditional manner to interested youngsters who aspire to become proficient in Veda and Agama and take up the profession of temple priests or accept monastic initiation (Sanyasa).

Anekal

Anekal

It is a major town and taluk of Bengaluru Urban district. Multiple Industrial areas like Attibele, Sarjapura and Jigani lie in Anekal Taluk and contribute to major economic turnovers. This constituency has one ward. The famous landmark of this consitutency is Muthyala Madhu (Pearl Valley).

Muthyala Madhu (Pearl Valley):

Muthyalamaduvu is a tourist attraction located near Anekal. The place is also known as Pearl Valley. It is located 5km from Anekal and 40km from Bengaluru. Muthyalamaduvu is a multi stage waterfall. With the water gurgling through the rocks making a soulful sound is one of the most peaceful and scenic places in the outskirts of Bengaluru.
The place is famous for its waterfall and the beautiful mountain ranges it overlooks. The water from the falls slides down the flora of the place creating an illusion of a string of pearls, hence the name Pearl Valley. A Nilgiri plantation close to the top of the waterfall is a perfect place to visit to escape the heat while away on a sunny day. Base of the waterfall has enough shade with a small pond where one can test their swimming skills.

Overlooking these falls is a small shrine dedicated to Shiva, adding a religious touch to the place. A puja (prayer) is done once every morning. Situated in the midst of hills, nestled deep down in a valley, this secluded place makes a fascinating picnic spot. The place has a rich concentration of birds owing to the presence of the waterfall. It is known for its verdant surroundings with water falling from a height of over 100 ft. Take a dive in this crystal clear water and feel one with nature. There are a couple of waterfalls in a small narrow valley.

The mountain ranges present opportunities for trekking enthusiasts. Another tourist attraction Thattekere lake is nearby. Trekking is the major adventures sport. This is the most desired destination for the trekkers. Because of the open forest area and near to the city limits accessible to everyone, giving an opportunity to trek.

Monsoons (Aug to Nov) is the best time to visit this place. A little walk over around 100 well laid steps from the parking place takes you to the falls. There is a restaurant and restrooms are available near parking place.

Watch out for monkeys. It’s huge in number.

kadlekaiye parishe at Bengaluru

kadlekaiye parishe at Bengaluru

Basavangudi:

Basavanagudi is a residential and commercial locality in the city of Bengaluru.  It is located in South Bengaluru, along the borders of Jayanagar. The name “Basavanagudi” refers to the Bull Temple, which contains a monolith statue of the Nandi Bull. This constitution has 6 wards.  The famous landmark of this constituency is the Basava temple.

Kadlekai Parishe:

Kadalekai Parishe, is a Kannada word, which literally translates to Groundnut fair. Kadalekai Parishe, the annual groundnut   fair is held on the last Monday of Karthika Masa (month in Hindu calendar) near Dodda Ganesha, temple, near the Bull Temple at Basavanagudi.  The fair starts from the previous day with people thronging to the stalls selling and buying variety of groundnuts.  The day is a full moon day with vendors from our state and the neighboring states bring their first harvest to the market.   A  legend behind the Kadlekai Parishe is that in olden days farmers were aghast to learn that their crop was being devoured in the night by someone. One of the farmers wanted to investigate and on Kaarthika Maasa night which was pitch dark, he found out that the culprit was none other than Lord Shiva’s abode Nandi or Basava. Since then farmers collectively pledged their first crop to the Lord Basava.

Another legend says that the founder of Bengaluru Kempe Gowda had come the story. He had prayed for the welfare of the farmers at the temple. There he had a vision of a treasure which he to the temple and learnt about acquired later was used to build a temple based on the architecture of Hampi of Vijayanagar empire. Incidentally, the big Bull Temple or the Basava Temple is on the hillock near Bugle Rock in Basavanagudi.

The fair starts from the previous day with people thronging to the stalls selling buying variety of groundnuts.  The day is a full moon day with vendors from our state and the neighboring states bring their first harvest to the market. As the festival is virtually synonymous with Basavanagudi,   the area in and around  get a festive look, the traders start setting up their shops with mounds of ground nuts on. The Parishe begins on the last  Monday of auspicious Karthika, of Hindu calendar, when varieties of ground nuts are heaped on either side of Bull temple road on the footpath

The groundnut lovers find a variety of groundnuts from  Dharmapuri,  Krishnagiri, Kolar, Doddaballapur, Ramanagara and a few areas of Telengana. The ground nuts are spiced, fried, salted, boiled, sugar-coated, roasted. There are not just groundnut vendors but a whole lots of funfair. There are many toys for children and short buys and eats. Thus the garden city with its turbulent life and lifestyle has been struggling to keep some of the traditions like  Kadlekai (groundnut) parishe (fair).

Expecting a huge footfall turn out, usually the police beef up the security in the Bull temple vicinity during the fair.

Vaikunta at Bengaluru

Vaikunta at Bengaluru

Padmanabhanagar ; 

Padmanabhanagar is a residential locality in Bengaluru.  It is situated in the south of the city, very close to the highway leading to Kanakapura.  This constituency got its name after C.J.Padmanabha who was Bangalore City Corporation Commissioner in the late 1960’s. This constituency has 8 wards.  The notable landmark of this  Constituency is the Devagiri Venkateshwara Temple. 

Sree Varaprada Devagiri Venkateshwara Temple: 

Many believe that in order to attain salvation (mukthi), in Kali Yuga, worship of Sri Venkateswara is the only medium as stated in sacred scriptures like Shastras, Puranas and Sthala Mahatyams (historical background of place). According to Rigveda and Asthdasa (eighteen) Purana even pilgrimage to Tirupathi is a sacred journey to Vaikunta because of its sanctity since Lord Venkateswara is the granter of fortunate things as desired by devotees.  Temple is a sacred place where non-violence is strictly observed.

There are many temples dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara in India, especially in south India particularly in Karnataka and its capital city of Bengaluru. Among many such temples Sree Varapada Venkateswara Temple, located on a beautiful Devagiri (God’s hill) in Banashankari, Bengaluru is an important shrine. According to devotees the idol of Lord Venkateswara consecrated here is just a replica of divine statue at Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh.

The main entrance to Temple is through Mahadwara of Rajagopura.  The Mahadwara is provided with two big wooden doors covered by decorated Brass Sheets duly Gold Plated. Apart from the main deity we can see His consort Goddess Padmavathi and Lord Ganesh on either side. It is easy to identify the location of this temple by looking at its Rajagopura which is of 108’ high and visible from long distance. It is a beautiful and artful of modern construction. Within this complex one can see the mini shrines built to house Navagrahas (Nine planet gods) and Lord Hanuman.

The activities of construction of this temple started in 1978 when site was allotted by City Improvement Trust Board. With the inauguration of Devalaya Nirmana (Temple construction) Sangha by celebrating Ganeshotsava and Ramnavami, under the patronage of local welfare association, Bhomi-pooje foundation stone was laid on 25.6.1978. The idol of Lord Venkateswara and others were installed on 03.05.1979. Navagraha and Hanuman were added in 08.02.1987. Sangha was converted as ‘Devagiri Sri Venkateswara Trust’ from 10.03.1997. The Vimana Gopuram and Raja Gopuarm have been beautified by providing focus light.

There is calm and serene atmosphere inside and outside temple. It is magnificent structure. The park adjoining it is an added attraction for devotees to relax..  The Temple has a DHYANA MANDIRA on the Northern side, just below the Bhakta Anjaneya Gudi. Here Yoga Classes, Dhyana Classes, Lectures on various Vedanta subjects, Tiruppavai, Geeta Gnana Yagna,etc. are regularly conducted. One can sit and pray silently in Meditation hall.

There will be mad rush on Vaikunta Ekadashi day which is observed with religious fervor because on that day devotees observe day-long fast, and on witnessing special pooja’s enter and pass through Divine door called ‘Vaikunta Dwara’ (door to reach abode of Lord Vishnu), which opens once in a year only on that festival day. It is not ‘Gate to Heaven’ as some say but the entrance to the abode of Lord Vishnu that can never be compared with Heaven. Heaven is only like luxury hotel, where one can stay and enjoy as long as one’s punya is in credit balance. Once that punya ends one is kicked out of heaven.

The Temple provides Financial Assistance to social causes and runs a Free Medical Service Centre  jointly with Devagiri Chritable Trust. The serene atmosphere of the temple fills the Devotees with peace and attracts them to visit the temple again and again. On the way to temple always chant ‘Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya’ ‘Om Nmao Venkatesaya’

Bengaluru’s steel bird show

Bengaluru’s steel bird show

Yelahanka: 

The city of Yelahanka had been in existence prior to 12th century. The region was called ‘Ilaipakka Naadu’ during the rule of Cholas. A stone tablet of 1267 A.D found in Doddaballapur mentions Dechi Devarasa, ruling the region with Yelahanka as his capital under the aegis of Hoysala  monarch ‘Narasimha III.  Later, during Hoysala rein, the city came to be known as ‘Elavanka’ and gradually shifted to ‘Yelahanka’ . This constituency has 4 wards. The famous biennial event “Aero India” air show takes place in this constituency. 

Aero India – Air Show at Yelahanka 

Aero India is a biennial air show and aviation exhibition held in Benglauru at the Yelahanka Air Force Station.  It is organized by the Defence Exhibition Organization, Ministry of  Defence.  The Defence Ministry of India, Indian Air Force, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Department of Space, the Union civil Aviation Ministry and other such organisations join hands to organize the show, making it the largest in Asia. 

Aero India has already carved a niche for itself globally as a premier aerospace exhibition, with successful editions organized since 1996.  The eleventh edition was held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka,  Bengaluru from 14 to 18 Feb 2017.  The 2017 show provided a significant platform in bolstering business opportunities in International aviation sector. A rapidly growing economy, defence preparedness challenges and opening up of defence production to private sector, have given a major fillip to the defence industry in India. It has also become a hub centre for defence business in Asia.

Countdown to the Aero India begins in right earnest with global aerospace and aviation firms descending on Bengaluru to showcase their aircraft, products and technologies at the five-day exposition.  Aero Show,  Bengaluru  is a great event that is sought after by people across the country. A lot of folks fly in to attend the event in big numbers. It is a bi-annual affair which is quite a big event and has a lot of fan fare. Who wouldn’t like to experience the latest Fire Power and Aircraft that Indian Defense possesses!  Above all it is a bonus that you can see them in action performing hair-raising stunts for the crowd. The tickets get sold out pretty fast for this event.

Billed as one of the largest air shows in South Asia, the biennial event will witness a show of strength and skills by a number of companies from different countries across the world to pitch for multi-million dollar deals and collaborative ventures with Indian aerospace industry and aviation players. Aviation enthusiasts pour into the air base in large numbers, and the event, which is a largely underwhelming fare suddenly comes alive. A breathtaking display of thrilling manoeuvres by military aircraft and aerobatic teams make feel audience spell-bound. Loud cheers from the large crowd rent the air as the metal birds in the sky performs one manoeuvre after another. The experience will be more memorable for those attending the show for the first time. The skies over the Yelahanka airbase will be dazzled with somersaults and stunts by metal birds with the daredevilry of world famous aerobatics teams in full flow. Some of the aircrafts that has participated in the flying display are India’s own fighter jet light combat aircraft, the advance trainer jet Hawk of the British aerospace company, the supersonic Sukhoi-30MK1, Transsall C-160 of Germany, Mirage 2000 and Jaguar Strike of France, MiG 29 M2 and MiG 21 of Russia and the military variants of the advanced light helicopters.

Don’t miss the Aero show which takes place in 2019. Watch it and experience.