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Shiva Statue: Airport Road – Hindu Temple

Shiva Statue: Airport Road – Hindu Temple
The Shiva Temple, located on Airport Road, is seated Shiva in the Himalayas, built in the year 1995. Shiva's idol is a great crowd puller due to its grandeur, aesthetic values, scenic beauty and majestic look. During festivals it draws nearly four to five lakhs of devotees in a day. Puja seva (service) is free of cost for everyoneIt boasts of Awesome 65 feet high depiction of Lord Shiva seated in Lotus position. It has the backdrop of Mount Kailash the Lord's heavenly abode and the river Ganga flowing from his matted locks as depicted in the mytholog
The 65-feet high statue of Lord Shiva is situated on the Airport road in Bangalore.
Lord Shiva is depicted as seated in lotus position with the backdrop of Mount Kailash with Ganges flowing from his matted locks. The statue is lit at night and looks majestic.
Located on Airport road, behind the famous Kemp Fort is the Shiva temple with a massive concrete idol of Lord Shiva. The 65 feet tall statue, built in 1995, portrayed Shiva in the position of Padmasan (lotus position). It has the backdrop of Mount Kailash the Lord's heavenly abode and the river Ganga flowing from his matted locks as depicted in mythology. The statue looks majestic during the night with its lighting. On occasions such as Mahashivratri, Holi, etc. special pooja's are offered and during Shivaratri, a grand festival is held here. It is believed that dropping a coin in the pond in front of the idol by chanting 'Om Nama Shivaya' 7 times with a lighted candle fulfills one's wishes. A holy cave is located behind the idol and the cave yatra traditionally called Amarnath yatra, open to the public from 9 am to 9 pm attracts huge crowds.
The background has been made to look as if it is Kailash. The River Ganga flows from the entangled rocks. The statute looks majestic during the night when it is lighted.

The whole area and the statue give the visitors a picture which clearly depicts the fabulous fable which is related to it.
Shiva Statue, Bangalore is a relatively more modern temple of the city. This amazing temple is locate on Airport Road and is worth paying a visit.
The temple features a huge 65 feet high statue of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is considered as the destroyer of evil and Bangalore is filled with a large number of temples dedicated to him. The statue shows Shiva in a seating posture, instead of the regular Lingam that is found in every other Shiva temple. The statue is white in color and shows Lord Shiva sitting in a lotus position or rather in a yoga posture. He has four hands. The front two hands are placed on his lap with the fingers interlocked. The hands at the back are equipped with a 'damaru' and a 'trishul' or trident. In fact, the Shiva Statue in Bangalore is the largest statue of the Lord in the whole world.
The Shiva Statue, Bangalore has a beautiful backdrop. The backdrop features Mount Kailash, the heavenly abode of Lord Shiva. You can se water flowing from the locks of the idol. This basically represents the holy River Ganga. There is a beautiful looking pond right in front of the statue. This is often referred to as the wishing pond. People have to chant "Om Namah Shivaya", 7 times and then throw a coin in the pond while making a wish at the same time. It is believed that your wish will surely come true. There is also box where you can post your letters to God. During the evenings, the Shiva Statue, Bangalore is illuminated with bright lights, which is truly wonderful to look at. People from far and near come to take a look at this beautiful sight and take photographs.
Shiva Statue, Bangalore is one of the most amazing and grand looking temples situated within the city. One should not miss an opportunity to pay a visit to this fantastic religious site.

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Dodda Ganesha Temple : Basavanagudi – Hindu Temple

Dodda Ganesha Temple : Basavanagudi – Hindu Temple
The monolithic Ganesha is about 18 ft in height and 16 ft in width. The God is also known as Shakthi Ganapathi or Satya Ganapathi. People from all walks of life come here to seek blessings. What makes this idol more attractive to the devotees is, the different types of decorations that are done during the week. The most famous is the butter coating of the idol. More than 100 kgs of butter is used for this purpose.
Dodda Basavana Gudi (the Bull Temple) is situated in the N.R. Colony, Basavanagudi, area of South Bangalore, part of the largest city of the Indian state of Karnataka. The Hindu temple is situated inside the boundaries of a park called 'Bugle Rock'. The bull referred to is a sacred Hindu demi-god, known as Nandi; Nandi is a close devotee and attendant of Shiva. Dodda Basavana Gudi is said to be the biggest temple to Nandi in the world. The stone cult image of Nandi is continually covered with new layers of butter, benne in the local language of Kannada. There is also a cult image of the elephant-headed Hindu deity Ganesha close by. This article discusses the adherents of Hinduism. ... For other uses, see Shiva (disambiguation). ...
Every year on the last Monday and Tuesday of the hindu month of Karthika Maasa a Groundnut fair is held in the temple premisis and groundnut is offered to the deity. This fair is known as 'Kadalekaayi Parishe' in local tongue. Groundnut sellers and devotees throng the place during 'Kadalekaayi Parishe'.
Basavana Gudi is a regular place of visit for tourists and is covered by most of the tour operators including the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation.
Bugle Rock Garden


The Bugle Rock garden is located behind the Dodda Ganesha temple and adjacent to the Bull temple. It is densely covered with trees and one can usually see (and hear) a number of bats perched on the trees. There is a water tank with motifs of famous people from Karnataka.


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Kadu Mallikarjunaswamy : Malleshwaram – Hindu Temple

Kadu Mallikarjunaswamy : Malleshwaram – Hindu Temple
Built in one of the oldest areas in Bangalore - Malleswaram, the temple is on a hillock. As the legend goes, the temple belonged to Chatrapati Shivaji's stepbrother Venkoji, who came upon a 'shivalingam' in 1669 and consecrated the temple around it.
On the busy Sampige Road, Malleswaram besides the Prasanna Sai Mandir is the historically famous Kadu Mallikarjunaswamy temple. The temple was also known as 'kadu malleswara' referring to the jungle like territory in which it was built. The land for the temple and the surrounding area came to be known as Malleswaram. Kadu Mallikarjunaswamy temple located in Malleswaram, is one of the oldest temples in the city. There is no document of exact date or period of this temple. History shows that this temple had a relation with the period of the Great Maratha leader Shivaji. Bangalore was a village (Grama) that belonged to the Bijapur rulers. It was given to Shivaji's father, Shahji who ruled Bangalore as a jagir. It was then inherited by his youngest son Venkoji (Ekoji), Shivaji's stepbrother. In the year 1669 A.D., Venkoji on a visit to this region with his minister Baji Rao Peshwa for implementing taxes (Chouthaya), visited Mallapura's Mallikarjuna Swamy and came across a shivalingam, which was believed to be a 'swayamboo'. Venkoji consecrated the temple and its surroundings. This place influenced Venkoji to grant Medharaninganahalli, a village for this temple and enforced that there should not be any kind of unfairness against dharma. All this description can be seen even today beside the Narasimha temple that was laid by Venkoji himself.
The Mallikarjuna Temple Bangalore is identical but smaller and more compact. Exquisitely carved pillars of the interior hall depict scenes from the Panchatantra, the animal fable. The walls surrounding the temple complex and the Nandi pavilion in front of it are incomplete.
The Mallikarjuna Swami temple in Bangalore enshrining the Lord Shiva is a temple built by King Magadj of the Kempa Gowda dynasty in the 16th century. The temple is said to have a linga in the temple called Viswanath. This linga was believed to have been brought to the temple by sages. The temple has an idol of Sri Vishnu in the premises too thus making the temple accessible to both the saivaites and the vaishnavaites.
Kadu Mallikarjunaswamy Temple at Malleshwaram in Bangalore is also a well-known temple built on a hillock. It was built by Chatrapati Shivaji's stepbrother Venkoji in 1669.


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Banashankari Temple : Kanakapura Road - Hindu temple

Banashankari Temple : Kanakapura Road  - Hindu temple
The uniqueness of Sri Banashankari Amma Temple is that the deity, Banashankari Amma is worshipped in Rahukala, an inauspicious time according to Hindu belief. The area, Banashankari is named after the goddess. Situated on the busy Kanakapura Road, it is one of the most popular temples of Bangalore. Devotees believe that by worshipping the goddess Banashankari Amma in Rahukala one's hardships and poverty will be removed.
Considering the large number of devotees who come to the temple, the Government of Karnataka has taken it into the purview of the Endowment Department. Though the temple is opened to devotees everyday, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays are special days when thousands of devotees throng to the temple from dawn to dusk to offer special Pujas. The goddess is worshipped with deeparaadhane by lighting multiple oil lamps in half cut lemon peels with the pulp removed.

Sri Banashankari Temple in Southern Bangalore, situated on Kanakapura Road, is one of the most popular temples in the City. People have strong faith in the goddess and it is believed that she grants wishes for prayers made in right earnest. The belief is so strong that thousands of people visit this place everyday. The hundi here is believed to attract one of the largest collections of donations from the devout in the City

The idol of goddess Banashankari was brought to the City from Badami in Bijapur district by a devotee Somanna Shetty. The temple witnesses three major festivals - Banashankari Utsav (Sept), Dasara (Oct) and the temple’s anniversary celebrations (Dec - Jan)
The temple was built in 1915 by a devotee, Somanna Shetty who installed a deity of Banashankari Amma brought all the way from Badami in Bijapur district.
There are three big cultural ceremonies that are held annually at the temple. The first one on September 13 every year celebrates the birthday of Banashankari Amma. The temple also conducts the Dasara Festival in October and the temple anniversary in Pushya Maasa, which falls either in the end of December or in the first week of January.
Location:    Kanakapura Road
Dedicated To:     Banashankari Amma
Unique Time and Form of Offering Prayers
One of the unique features of this temple is that the deity is worshipped in Rahukala, considered to be an inauspicious time according to Hindus. It is believed that worshipping Banashankari Amma in Rahukala rids one of all the hardships and paucities in life. There is a large rush of devotees in the temple, especially on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, considered to quite auspicious for doing puja. The prayers are offered by lighting multiple oil lamps in half cut lemon peels, whose pulp has been removed.

Annual Cultural Ceremonies
Three cultural ceremonies are held at the Banashankari temple of Bangalore, every year. The first ceremony, commemorating the birth anniversary of Banashankari Amma, is held on 13th September. The second one is held as a celebration of the Dussehra festival, in October-November. The third, and the last, ceremony is held in the last week of December or the first week of January, to mark the anniversary of the temple. The temple organizes three big cultural ceremonies every year. The birthday of Banashankari Amma, which falls on the 13th of September, is the major festival. The Dussehra Festival celebrated in October and the temple anniversary in Pushya Maasa Pushya Maasa (December/ January) are the other festivals celebrated with much pomp and splendor.

A popular belief among the devotees is that by worshipping goddess Banashankari Amma in Rahukala, all the hardships and poverty will be removed. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays are believed to be the most auspicious days to worship the goddess. The deity is worshipped by lighting multiple oil lamps in half cut lemon peels with the pulp removed.

Banashankari Temple Photo Gallery

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