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Bull Temple

Name :Bull Temple

Main Attraction: In Nov/Dec every year, when the groundnuts have been harvested, Kadalekayi Parishe (The Groundnut fair)is held near the temple. The first groundnuts are offered by the farmers to the sacred bull. Dodda Ganapati, a manificent image of the Lord, is enshrined adjacent to the Bull temple. It is believed that the source of the river Vishva Bharti originates at the feet of the statue.

Location: In Basavangudi, at Bull Temple Road in Bangalore, Karnataka

This is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore situated in basavanagudi dedicated to Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva. Kempe Gowda built this temple in the 16th century. The magnificent Nandi, 15 feet tall and over 20 feet long has been carved out of single granite rock. Farmers offer the first groundnuts to the sacred bull.

The temple built by Kempe Gowda, a typical example of the Dravidian-style temple, is situated in Basavanagudi. The temple has a huge monolithic bull 4.5m tall and 6m long. It is believed that the source of the river Vishwa Bharathi originates from the feet of the Nandi. The bull has a small iron plate on its head to prevent it, as tradition says, from growing. Also there is a Ganesh temple, with a large deity made of 110 kilos of butter. The deity of butter is broken up and distributed every four years. In Kannada, Basava means bull, which gives the name Basavanagudi to the locality. This is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore situated in basavanagudi dedicated to Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva. Kempe Gowda built this temple in the 16th century. The magnificent Nandi, 15 feet tall and over 20 feet long has been carved out of single granite rock. Farmers offer the first groundnuts to the sacred bull. It has a grey granite sacred bull, Nandi, after which the temple has been named. The sacred bull has been carved out of a single granite block. It measures 4.57 mt in height and 6.10 mt in length.

The Bhoganandiswara temple at the foothills of Nandi Hills goes back to the period of the Banas, Cholas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagar Kings.. Bhoganandiswara, Umamaheswara and Arunachaleswara are enshrined here. The kalyanamandapa is of great beauty here.The Yoganandiswara temple atop the hill goes back to the Chola period. It received extensive patronage from the Vijayanagar Kings. The pillars and metalwork deserve special mention. The image has been carved out of single granite rock. The original colour of Nandi bull was grey which has now turned black due to the application of coconut oil by the devotees. The statue of the bull has been carved out of a single rock.

The surrounding area, known as Sunkenahalli had groundnut growing farmers. A bull started grazing on the well-grown crop enraging a farmer who hit the bull with a club. The bull sat stunned and was suddenly transformed into a stone. The shocked farmers then decided to build a temple for the bull to atone for what they had done, but were shocked to see that the bull was growing taller! The worried farmer then prayed to Lord Shiva who advised him to retrieve a trident buried a few feet away from the bull and place the trident on the forehead of the stone statue to stop it from growing. This was done and the bull stopped growing. The thankful farmers decided to place their first crop of groundnut as an offering to the bull. Though in reality there is a trident on the forehead of the bull, this story is a legend and lacks historical evidence. Hence, this handsome Bull Temple was built and the bull apparently took the hint and stayed away from the groundnuts. The thankful farmers continue to hold a Groundnut Fair (kadalekayi parishe) near the temple premises every year, to show their gratitude. It is one of the places to visit in Bangalore. Kempe Gowda got constructed many temples dedicated to Anjaneya (God of Power), Vinayaka (God of good fortune), Nandi (Shiva's bull mount).

One can see in the shrine atop the hill a massive garlanded black and shiny Nandi (Shiva's mount, the bull) ensconced, which dates back to 1786. The size of the Nandi is overwhelming. At the back is a small Lingam shrine. Its modern Gopuram rises, gracefully and majestically. The underground "Sri-Gavi Gandadhareshwara Temple" is equally fascinating, where on every year on January 14th (Makara Sankranti) it is believed that a ray of light passes between the horn of a Nandi outside the temple and lights the idol kept inside. Three levels of excavations have been carried out in the cave. One can see the black stone Hanuman. On the way to the Bull Temple there is one a temple dedicated to the Elephant God Ganesha. The Bull temple is a buzz with great activity during the Shivratri festival.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva’s Vahana or vehicle, Nandi, the bull, The Bull Temple is a popular Temple in Bangalore. Here you can find a huge monolithic statue of the sitting bull that draws a large number of people to the place every day. The statue is 4.5 meters tall and 6 meters long and has been at this place long before the present temple was built

Thus originated the practice of farmers offering their first crop of groundnut as an offering to the bull. The occasion gradually metamorphosed into the famous the Kadalekayi Parishe (The Groundnut fair), which is held in the month of November. Every year, during the fair farmers offer their first crop of groundnut to the sacred bull of the temple.

A 17th Century inscription at the base of the structure mentions about a stream called Vrishabhavathi that is believed to have originated here seven or eight decades ago.

Timings: Entry to the temple is free and the daily timings are from 6a.m. to 8 p.m.

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ISKCON Temple

Name : ISKCON

Location: On West of Chord Road, Bangalore

Main attraction: Neo-classical style of architecture

Sri Sri Radha Krishna Chandra Temple is accredited for having the ISKCON's largest temple complex in the world. Being made by the Iskcon cult, the magnificent shrine is commonly known as Iskcon Temple. Located on west of Chord Road in Bangalore, the colossal shrine sprawls on seven-acres of 'Hare Krishna Hill'. This outstanding temple is one amongst the best shrines constructed by the ISKCON. Iskcon Temple can be reached easily by taking regular buses, local vehicles or by hiring taxis from the city of Bangalore.

In September 1987, ISKCON Bangalore was operating from a rented house in the city with a handful of devotees. Under the leadership of the temple president, Madhu Pandit Dasa, ISKCON Bangalore applied for a 7acre hillock from the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).

The BDA had described it as "karaab land" (waste land) as it was a huge piece of monolithic rock and could not be converted into sites. The BDA sanctioned the land at a cost of Rs. 11 lakhs to be paid in 90 days.
The BDA had described it as "karaab land" (waste land) as it was a huge piece of monolithic rock and could not be converted into sites. The BDA sanctioned the land at a cost of Rs. 11 lakhs to be paid in 90 days. With practically no resources in hand, the team of devotees managed to collect the sum partly with the help of some donors and partly through loan. On Lord  Balarama's appearance day of September 1988, the Deities of Krishna Balarama moved to a temporary shed on this land.  
 
 
 The master plan of the project on the Hare Krishna Hill was conceived by Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa, who is a qualified civil engineer from IIT (Mumbai). The initial concept as it stood from outside was conceived by Jagat Chandra Dasa who is a product engineer from IIT (Mumbai). The unique combination of glass and gopuram, blended modern and traditional elements. Considering the nature of the sloping rocky hillock, this unique concept was
further developed architecturally into the present design as it stands by Madhu Pandit Dasa and Bhakti Lata Devi. The entire team of devotees of ISKCON Bangalore were strongly motivated by an intense desire to make this a grand and memorable temple, to be completed and offered to His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Various fund raising schemes were launched to engage the people in this devotional endeavor. Apart from the life membership scheme, sponsors of gopuram, kalashas and vimanas were enrolled. 
 
The whole construction was carried out by the ISKCON Construction Department. Between 1990 and 1997 a total of 10 million man-hours were put by 600 skilled craftsmen, 32,000 cubic meters of stone, 131,250 tones of cement and 1,900 tones of steel were used.

The architecture is a combination of traditional Karnataka and modern styles to give the aesthetic style as well as the best of latest scientific technology. .
 
 The gopurams were made with special technology using Ferro cement. It is for the first time this technology has been used for temples. The basic structure is a main frame of steel and wire mesh covered with cement and concrete of around 6 inch that adds to the dynamics of the structure. The rest is stone and mortar. The unique glass clad connections to the four gopurams makes this temple stand out from the rest of the conventional ones. The glass specially imported from the US is sea blue 6 mm heat strengthened glass.

The 36 feet high and 18 feet base, intricately designed and gold plated kalasham was placed on top by a chain pulley from the floor level to the top about 150 feet high. This was engineering feat considering the risk of lifting 1.5 tones of gold plated kalasham going over a glass canopy to a height of 150 feet.
The original simple temple design started in 1990 and estimated to cost Rs.10 crore gave way to a more stunning, unique architectural model that costed Rs.32 crores and that today represents a fusion between majestic traditional styles and bold new aesthetics. More astonishing is the fact that all these funds were raised from within Karnataka alone. 
 
The prathistha ceremonies or Deity installation ceremonies was conducted in the month of April 1997. The yajnas were held for continuous 45 days non-stop. On 31st May 1997, the President of India Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma inaugurated the Sri Radha Krishna Chandra Temple and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Cultural Complex.

The beautifully ornamental arches and illuminated water jets escort to the richly decorated Rajagopuram (main shrine). The main shrine comprises the stunningly beautiful idols of Sri Sri Radha-Krishna. Apart from the main shrine, the temple also comprises four additional shrines dedicated to Sri Sri Krishna Balrama, Sri Nitai Gauranga, Sri Prahlada Narasimha and Sri Srinivasa Govinda respectively. The main hall that embraces the three shrines, including the main one, is a huge hall of 10,000 sq feet. The ceiling of the hall is festooned with remarkable paintings made by the Russian painters.

The splendid structure of the temple is worth-seeing because the celestial grandeur cannot be bounded in words. Lush green gardens in the campus appear mesmerizing to the onlooker. The temple complex also has an open amphitheatre, where various festivals and concerts are observed. The festival of 'Janmashtami' is the major festival that is celebrated here with loads of enthusiasm and devotion.

Programs:

Shata Koti Nama Japa Yajna
In 2000, this religious program was started to promote world peace and harmony with an intention to chant 1 Billion holy names of Rama and Krishna. The venue for this 'Nama Japa' is 'Harinama Mandapa', which can be found ahead of the first temple of Prahlada Narasimha. Here, one can see two sets of 108 granite steps, where the devotee can chant the 'Hare Krishna Mahamantra' at each step. Following the chant of 'Mahamantra' for 108 times, the devotee can enter the Narsimha Temple.

FOLK Program
This is an unusual program in which, bachelors between the age group of 19 and 29 can take part. The "Friends of Lord Krishna" (FOLK) has been organized to create an understanding of the Vedic culture among the youth of Bangalore. It is held on Saturdays and Sundays, where classes, discussions and practical sessions on Vedic philosophy and lifestyle are undertaken.

Free Prasadam for All
The temple offers a bowl of 'Kichri' (made of rice and pulse) to its each visitor. The vast kitchen of the shrine is equipped with modern equipments and has the capacity to provide food for two thousand visitors per hour. Besides prasadam, the kitchen is also used to prepare variety of delicacies that are offered to the Lord. Recently, they have started a bakery, which has become popular for its egg less cakes and biscuits all over the Bangalore.

Cow Protection Program
Following the knowledge of the Vedas, the temple also promotes protection of cows. Being the primary element, Cows are essential for a prosperous and healthy society. Bangalore Iskcon 'Gaushala' retains not less than 40 cows. The milk of these cows is used in the making of various dishes and delicacies.

Multivision Cinema
The Multivision Cinema at ISKCON Bangalore is accredited for being the first show combining visual projection and animatronics in India. Visualized by the devotees of the United States, the cinema comprises 14 projectors in the company of laser Disc players, the surround sound processors and the animatronics mechanisms. The 40-minute cinema ends on a spiritual note and is organized everyday at regular intervals.

Dakshinakriti
This is another scheme to encourage and preserve the conventional art and craft of South India. It supports and promotes the skilled artisans and craftsmen by providing them a channel for their work. The products made under this project are accessible at "Dakshinakriti" (the temple's sculpture showroom).

Srila Prabhupada Museum
The museum attempts to create, a sense of awareness, among the mass of people, about the contributions made by Swami Prabhupada. This architectural marvel is dedicated to the founder of the entire Iskcon movement.

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust is engrossed in translating and publishing Srila Prabhupada's multifarious works in the Kannada language. Various well-known writers of Kannada language are drawn in to translate the books.

Goloka Seva Trust
This project involves promotion and maintenance of the valuable art of incense (agarbatti) creation, by means of pure natural ingredients. This trust produces more than 73 types of incense specifically meant for worship. Their products are available at the temple counters for the visitors.

 

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Government Museum

Name : Government Museum

Location: Kasturba Road , Bangalore- 560001 

Main Attraction: Museum , Art Gallery

A beautiful 1877 structure with Corinthian columns. Being one of the oldest museums in the country, this museum boasts an exquisite collection of coins, sculptures, inscriptions, old paintings and excavated items. The Venkatappa Art Gallery adjacent to the Museum is named after Late K. Venkatappa, a noted artist. You will find a selection of his famous paintings, Plaster of Paris works and wooden sculptures. Also on view are works of various contemporary artists.

Bangalore is one of the most ancient museums of India. This popular museum was established in the year 1866 AD. This museum is regularly visited by tourists all across the globe.In the extremely popular State Government Museum, Bangalore the visitors will come across some rare and beautiful artistic works belonging to ancient times. Some of the ancient artifact found in this museum includes artistic works such as sculpture coins and inscriptions. These inscriptions were found in different parts of ancient Karnataka. The visitors can admire the paintings of the well renowned artist Venkatappa and some other eminent artists. Some of the artifacts include Watercolor paintings, and other works of art. In this State Government Museum, Bangalore there is a separate section displaying the works of Major Cheppudira Ponnappa Rajaram .His works mainly consists of wooden sculptures.

The other attraction of the State Government Museum, Bangalore is the Venkatappa Art Gallery. This art gallery lies close to o the Museum. The Venkatappa Art Gallery is named in honor of the popular artist Venkatappa. In the Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore the visitors can view about 600 paintings by different renowned painters. On the ground floor of the museum you will come across beautiful paintings by the famous painter K. Venkatappa. The works of this famous painter are generally nature based. Some of his popular paintings include view of Nilgiri Mountains, Kodaikanal, Sunrise in Ooty, a painting on Monsoon and other paintings. Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore also displays works of eminent artists like M. F. Hussain, N. S. Bendre, Vasudev, Hanumaiah, Hariram, Rekha Rao, and Yusuf Arakkal and other contemporary painters. On the first floor of the Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore you can admire the works of C. P. Rajaram's and others.

The museum also houses terracotta works from West Bengal, sculpture from the Nolamba, Hoysala, Chola, Chalukya, Pala and Gandhara periods. Other than the traditional paintings and work of art, the Government Museum also possess contemporary and modern paintings and works of plaster of Paris.

Opening timings:
The State Government Museum, Bangalore remains open from 9am to 6pm on all days of a week for public viewing. The museum remains closed on Wednesday and on public holidays
State Government Museum, Bangalore is one of the oldest museums of India. If you once visit this museum you will love to visit this museum over and again.

Government Museum Photo Gallery

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Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

Name : Nehru Planetarium

Main attraction: 'The Sky Theatre Show”

Location: JAWAHARLAL NEHRU PLANETARIUM
Sri. T. Chowdaiah Road, High Grounds,
Bangalore-560001, Karnataka, India.

Phone :
+91 80 22266084, +91 80 22203234

Founded in the year 1989 Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is worth a visit during Bangalore Sightseeing Tours. Come explore the mysteries of outer space with a simple visit at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bangalore. Get to know more about Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium during Bangalore Sightseeing Tours.

The Planetarium is a visual delight for children and adults. The sound and light show - 'The Sky Theatre Show' is about the marvels of the universe, the planets and the solar system, is designed to be informative and entertaining. The theatre can seat up to two hundred and ten people. 

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium was founded with an aim to spread awareness amongst students and public about astronomy. With a sitting capacity of 225, the sky theatre inside Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium with a dome of 15 meters in diameter is worth visiting during a visit. Don’t forget to watch any of the two shows held daily at none other than the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Bangalore telling about the mysteries of the outer space. These two shows are held at 1500 hrs and 1630 hrs except for Mondays.

You can Come & quench your queries about the mysterious outer space by visiting Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium during Bangalore Tours. Reaching Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is also not a problem as it is easily accessible from any corner of the city. Children would simply love visiting Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, so do make it a point to visit it with your kids. 

Exhibition Halls

Exhibits displaying the versatile personality of Albert Einstein" 

The Sky-theatre Programme is supported by a topical exhibition of posters. These have various details that could not be shown in the programme. The exhibitions have a high educational value to those who want to learn more about the topic. The exhibitions include Astro-photographs, Cartoons, Paintings and quotations.

Also on display are giant color pictures of Galaxies. Supernova remnants Nebulae etc. A set of paintings and sculptures are on permanent display.

A Weighing Scale shows one's weight on all the planets and also gives a print-out.
A Science kiosk donated by IBM, India is installed in the exhibition hall.

The exhibition area houses a stall where one can buy books, science kits, models, telescopes, astro-photos, etc.

Science Park

A Science Park is being developed around the Planetarium. This provides an opportunity to visitors to learn some elements of science in a natural and playful manner. It is creating a right scientific ambience around the activities of the Planetarium that houses the, Science Centre. Some of the models on display are model of D.N.A, Resonant Swings, Whispering Dishes, Sun Dial, Giant Kaleidoscope, Model of a Polar Satellite Launching Vehicle (PSLV).

Association of Bangalore Amateur Astronomers (ABAA) is an independent, nonprofit making body housed in the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bangalore. Members of the association meet once a week on Sundays at 6:00 pm. Access to the books and workshop is open during this time. Members also have informal ideas exchange, night sky watching through telescopes and other activities.

Telescope building is one of the important activities of ABAA. Members of ABAA do night sky observation, astro-photography, etc. - from "Shivanahalli" 35.00 kms from Bangalore where they have a 12" telescope amongst others to do observations.

 

Know Your Stars

This activity takes place together with the Association of Bangalore Amateur Astronomers (ABAA) on first Sunday of every month. It begins with a lecture session in the sky-theatre where sky of that night is simulated. Stars, constellations and planets are identified. A star chart of that day is provided to all visitors and they are taught its use. The lecture is followed by a star, watching session using telescopes manned by amateur astronomers.

Viewing of special astronomical events

Arrangements are made for the public to view comets, solar eclipses and planetary transits etc. Portable telescopes are arranged in the open area and public watch events through these. During live coverage of such events happening elsewhere, video projectors are used to project the coverage on large screen for the public to see. 

The shows are - 11:30 am in Kannada and at 12:45 pm in English on all the working days.  In addition to these, there will be shows at 2.00pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm and 4:30pm, the details of which have been given in the table below:

Timings

10:30am 
Special shows on booking the whole sky-theatre.  Administrator to be contacted for booking Kannada OR English.Shows can be chosen

 11:30am  Regular Sky-theatre show Kannada Solar System
 
12:45pm   Regular Sky-theatre show English Solar System
 
2:00pm  Full Dome Video Show Kannada Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose
 
2:45pm     Regular sky-theatre show Kannada Celestial Fireworks
 
3:45pm   Full  Dome Video Show English Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose
 
4:30pm   Regular Sky-theatre show English Celestial Fireworks
 
Entry fee for the above shows will be Rs.25/- per head (full charge for children above three years)

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