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).