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’