Bangalore or Bengaluru is the capital of the Indian state Karnataka and is the third most populous state of India. Karnataka is the state which was long ruled by the Chalukya’s and the Dravidians, and these cultures are still prevalent in the modern world Karnataka spread all over. Bengaluru comprises more than 800 to 900 temples and mosques including other religious structures engraved with ancient art and sculptures on the temple walls and monuments.
We provide you the details of some of the most beautiful and famous temples of Bangalore which can be explored at any point of the year since Bangalore is very rich in terms of its weather and scenic beauty and its fun to go on a vacation during the rainy season.
Kempfort Shiva temple
Established and inaugurated by Shri Shankracharya Shringeri Ji on Feb 27, 1995, this temple is very beautiful and gathers a huge crowd on weekends. This temple is the replica of Mount Kailasa which is believed to be Lord Shiva place.
It comprises of 12 Jyotirlinga at the temple.
- Address: No 97, HAL Old Airport Rd, Ramagiri, Murgesh Pallya, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560017, Situated just beside Kempfort mall.
- Timings: 24 hours open
- No entry fee.
- Dating to the Chola period, this temple belongs to the Chola dynasty believed to be established in the 10th century and is dedicated to Chokkanathaswamy or Chokka Perumal or the Hindu god Vishnu. This temple is engraved with the sculptures and art forms of the Chola period and is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore. Some inscriptions made on the walls even provides the details of the donations made to the temple by some Tamil kings and Mantri's dated back in the 12th century.
- Address: 5th Cross Road, Opposite Sony World, Village Domlur, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560071.
- Timings: Daily: Morning: 6:00 am – 11:00 am
Evening: 5:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday: Morning: 6:00 am – 11:30 am
Evening: 5:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday: Morning: 6:00 am – 12:30 pm
Evening: 5:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Bull temple or Nandi temple
Dated back to the 15th century, the bull temple was built by Kempe Gowda in 1537 and is dedicated to Lord Nandi who is known to be the Vahana(vehicle) of Lord Shiva. This temple is built-in with the art forms and sculptures of the Vijayanagara style. It is believed to be the house of the world's largest idol of Lord Nandi. The idol of Lord Nandi is carved out of a single stone and is being coated with fresh butter(benne called locally).
As per the history, this temple was built to appease one wild bull who use to destroy the cultivation of peanuts and groundnuts. Every year, last Monday and Tuesday of the Karthika Maasa are celebrated as groundnut fair. In this fair, many people come to offer groundnuts and peanuts to their god. The fair is famous as “Kadalekaayi parishes”.
This temple also attracts many tourists all over the year being very near to a garden named The Buggle Rock Garden.
- Address: Bull temple road, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka, 560004.
- Timings: Nil
- No entry fee.
- One of the largest ISCON temples all over the world is situated in North Bengaluru. This temple is situated on the Hilltop also known as “Hare Krishna Hill”. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna, Radha, and Balarama. ISCON Bengaluru also has the shrines of “Nitai Gauranga(Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda), Srinivasa Govinda(Venkateshwara), “Prahalada Narsimha” and “Srila Prabhupada”.
- Address: Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Rd, Rajaji Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560010.
- Timings: Morning: 4:15 am to 5 am (For Mangal Aarti) Reopens at 7:15 am to 1 pm and reopens at 4:15 pm to 8:15
During weekends the temple is opened for a whole day without any afternoon break. ISCON Temple is very close to the Majestic Metro station thus easing your travel. The atmosphere around smells like pure Sandal giving you a soothing feel. Near to the temple, one sandal soap factory is there which is worth watching along-with the Maha Lakshmi temple on its way.
Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari Temple
Kanyaka Parameswaran temple was built in 1989 in Malleswaram Bengaluru and is a fusion of both North and south Indian temple architectures and art forms. Along-with Lord Kanyaka Parameswaran, Lord Venkateshwara, and Sri Kedareswara are also being worshiped here.
Darpana Mandir: This temple is also having a Darpana Mandir situated above the main temple and is equipped with very nice mirror fittings depicting the Nakshatra mandala, Dwadasha Rashis, Dashavatars, and planets. It also contains the mirror fitted statues of Gayathri, Geethopadesha and Vishvaroopa which soothes with special music giving a devotional ambiance to the atmosphere.
- Address: Vasavi Temple St, Vishweshwarapura, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Sugreeva Venkateshwara temple
This is one of the old famous temples where “Sugreeva” is being worshipped, Sugreeva was one of the important characters from Ramayana who helped Lord Rama (Avataar of Lord Vishnu (Satyanarayana)) in his quest for saving Sita from Ravana and the Rakshas.
The temple has six feet tall Sugreeva idol who was the king during the days of Ramayana. He is the devotee of Lord Rama.
It also comprise of Lord Venkateshwara and Padmavathi temples in its premises.
- Address: 133, Balepete Main Road Balepete, Chickpet, Benagluru, Karnataka, 560053
- Timings: 6am to 11:30am and 3pm to 8:30pm
Kote Sri Prasanna Venkataramaswamy temple
This temple has its history back in the 15th century, a very famous temple. It is a world-class example of Dravidian style forms and sculptures all over its walls and monuments. It was built by “Shri Chikkadevaraja Wadeyar”.
- This temple has four huge pillars engraved with amazing and beautiful carvings of Navaranga Sculptures. One major attraction here which garners tourists from all over India is “Tipu sultan’s summer palace” which is situated just opposite to this temple and it is also nearby to other temples like the Bull temple and Shri Ramakrishna Math.
- Address: 39, Kr Road, Kalasipalya, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
- Timings: 9am to 10:30am – Abhisheka, 10:30 am to 2pm and 7pm to 8:30pm – Archana, 9am to 12 noon and 6pm to 9:30pm – Archana timings on Saturday’s.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple
Also known as the Gavipuram cave temple, one of the oldest and must-visit temples and was built in the 16th century by Kempe Gowda and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that the one who does puja this God will be cured of all eye diseases. Gavipuram Cave temple is an example of exemplary work of Indian rock-cut architecture. It's mysteriously built is responsible for the sun to shine on this sculpture for a specific time of the year.
It also comprises of the idol of Agnimurthy which has two heads, seven hands, and three legs. Followers of the deity Agnimurthy believes to be cured of any kind of eye diseases by offering prayers to him. It is a house of some fantastic art forms on the four monolithic pillars en-carved with the Trishul, Damru and many more.
This temple also contains four granite pillars, two of which are responsible for holding the discs of very big sized sun and moon architectures and the other two hold some Nandi idols.
Many festivals are being celebrated here inside the temple premise in which Makar Sankranti and Maha Shivaratri are most important. The eve of Makar Sankranti witnesses huge crowd as on this day sunlight passes through an arc in between the horns of Lord Nnadi and falls directly on the Shiv-Linga for one hour which lightens up the whole temple thus providing fabulous beauty to the temple.
- Address: Gavipura, Kempegowda Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560019
- Timings: 7am to 12:30 pm and 5pm to 8:30 pm nd its open all day
Halasuru Someshwara temple
Depicting the Vijayanagara era art forms Someshwara temple belongs to the Chola dynasty. This temple is dedicated to the deity Someshwara Swamy or Hindu Lord Shiva. It is the only temple to have “NAVAGRAHA TEMPLE” which holds the statues of twelve Rishis. The mandapa of the temple has 48 pillars each carved with sculptures of Hindu Lords.
- Someshwara temple is the only temple to have 63 Nayanmars Vikraham and Samaychariyars Santhanachariyars.
- Address: Ulsoor Rd, Someshwarpura, Ulsoor, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560008.
- Timings: 6am to 12 pm and 4pm to 9 pm.
Shrungagiri Shri Shanmukha temple
Shrungagir Shri Shanmukha temple is one of the most beautiful temples in Bangalore. The abode of Lord Shanmukha is believed to be the six-faced god. It is situated on the top of a hill with some amazing crystal works and artifacts. Around 150 stairs are there to climb up the hill which may be a little bit tiring for the elderly’s but it's worth watching beyond that. This temple also has very nice collections of Lord Ganesha’s Idols.
Temple Address and Timings:
- Address: BEML, Kempegowda Double Road, 5th Stage, RR Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560098
- Timings: 6:30 am to 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm to 9 pm.
Some major information's:
- The hilltop is 240 feet from the ground level.
- The total height of the temple is 123 feet in which the six-faced structure or Gopuram is 62 feet.
- The crystal dome made above the Gopuram has a height of 42 feet with a diameter of 33 feet and a circumference of 105 feet.
- The crystal dome consists of 2500 crystals of 1 feet diameter each of which exhibits the “Rainbow” pattern during day time.
- In the night these crystals are being illuminated by 27 watts LED Lights which enables each crystal to exhibit 16 different colors making 138 patterns which in turn makes it a spectacular scene to witness.
- Power consumption ranges from 2 kW to 54 kW for illuminating the crystals on the dome.
Dodda Ganesha Temple
“Dodda Ganesha Temple” is one of the most famous temples in Bangalore city. It is located inside the Bugle Rock Park on a bull temple road in Basavanagudi in Bangalore. Gavi Gangadareswaraswamy is another famous temple in Bangalore city 1.2 km distance from Dodda Ganesh temple.
The name Dodda means (Big) came because of the huge size of Ganesha Idol in the temple. Which is tall 18 feet and width 16 feet and one of the biggest idols in Karnataka. Dodda Ganesh Temple was constructed by Kempegowda I, Is the founder of Bangalore. Different localities people came here to get blessings from Dodda Ganesha. One of the most famous attractions is butter coating to the idol, which wights hundreds of kilograms.
Entire week :
6.00 am – 12.00 pm
5.30 pm – 9.00 pm.
Chennakeshava Temple, Belur
The temple was built during the 12th century by Hoysala rular, Vishnuvardhana. The temple was built during the 12th century by Hoysala ruler, Vishnuvardhana. Chennakeshava temple is one of the peaks of architectural achievements. Chennakeshava temple situated in Belur. The two ornate pillar looks different from the name Garuda and one with a lamp. Cennakesava temple built with soapstone.
The temple is different from many other temples in highest during the Hoysala period. Art of sculpture on the wall showing a wonderful look. The pillars of the temple reveal some of the best finishing sculptures and artwork. Temple had 48 pillars uniquely different from another pillar. Wall sculpture at the temple will find many references portrait mythological events.
Banashankari temple is most popular in Karnataka, situated Cholichigud. Banashankari was considered as goddess Parvati. The image of the Banashankari Devi in a sitting posture. The goddess can be seated on a growling lion crushing a demon foot her. Her idol made of black stone and with eight arms. However, the present structure traces its origin in the 17th century. The ancient temple of Banashankari represents the Dravidian style of architecture. The temple 50 km away from Bangalore city.
Sri Dharmarayaswamy Temple
Sri Dharmarayaswamy temple is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore city. Sri Dharmarayaswamy Temple 3kms away from Bangalore city. The Archeology survey department has concluded that this temple about 800 years old. It was built by Tigalas. Sri Dharamarayaswamy temple Vimanagopura Kalasa as in the center point of four towers. The architectural features of the temple resemble in three styles in Gangas, the Pallavas, and the Vijayanagara style.
Garbhagruha is in the Ganga style, the Vimanagopura is in the Pallava style, and the Mukhamantapa is in the Vijayanagar style, which shows the development of the different period. The sculptures on the pillars include bull, horse, fish, and other mythology sculptures. The main pillars of the temple are primitive style and truth of temple in ancient in the city.
One of those rare temples dedicated to Pandavas and Draupadi. Depends on Hindu mythology Draupadi creates army solders as well as called (Veerakumaras) after the Mahabharata war. Draupadi leaves from the earth and she promised them every one year came back to earth once. Caraga represents a homecoming of Draupadi. Karaga festival is one of the famous festivals in Bangalore. Karaga celebrating by the people for things alas. Draupadi worships an idol of women celebrating women's power during the festival.
Sri Prasanna Ganapathi Temple
Bangalore is the metro city and it is the silicon valley of India. In Bangalore, many IT companies are there, and many temples also available. Mainly, Sri Prasanna Ganapathi temple is the most favorable and wishes fulfilling God for the IT professionals. It is in Koramangala, Bangalore. Nowadays it is very famous as a techie Ganesha temple. This temple was built in 1979, at that time this temple called a Sri Ganesha temple. After attracting the IT professionals its name was changed that is Techie Ganesha Temple in Koramangala.
The Lord Ganapathi at the Sri Prasanna Ganapathi temple is said to be “let's go and let God” for techies on all things like new jobs promotions at working places, and appreciative appraisals. During the march, April, and October the temple receives many numbers of devotees. Once they received the answers for their wishes, the devotees were given donations. 30lakhs amount had received by the temple trust, and it can be used for kid's educations who could not manage schools.
Sri Surya Narayana Swamy Temple
Surya Narayana Swamy temple constructed in 1995, it is located in Domlur Bangalore. This total temple constructed with granite stone. It is a very famous temple for marriages in Bangalore. The idol of Surya Narayana specially brought from Badrinath. Lord Sun temples are very rarest in India. So it is a very famous Lord Sun temple in Bangalore and it is very famous for marriages. The idol of Lord sun is bounded by images of Aditi and Kashyap. This idol height is 3.3 ft in height. Surya Narayana temple is tempted a large number of devotees every day, many marriages also have done there. Lord Sun is especially devoted to the Rathasapthami festival. This festival grandly celebrated in Sri Surya Narayana temple, Domlur.
Someshwara Temple (Halasuru)
Someshwara is the god of all gods, that is Lord Shiva with the moon, this temple was built for Lord Shiva during the Chola period. This temple is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore city. An architecture of temple adherence Vijayanagara style, including the sculptures of God and Goddess. Pillars of the temple portrays the trinity of God rules, Goddess Durga incarnations theme, Lord Shiva and Parvathi marriage delineate on the temple wall. At the entrance of the shrine has the Nandhi pillar, this refers to an ancient history of culture about the lord and artwork, the temple has alluring 48 pillars, Navagraha Shrine, and twelve saint pillars are in the north direction of the temple. Temple was renovated in the Kempegowda era, the Kamakshi temple includes in the temple.
Nagaeswara temple (Begur)
The Nageswara temple is located in Begur, Bangalore, Karnataka state, India. The temple has Panchalingeshwara they are Sri Choleshwara Swamy, Sri Nagareshwara Swamy, Sri Kalimateshwara Swamy, and Sri Karneshwara Swamy temples. They are collectively known as The Panchalingeshwara Temple. The shrine situated in a small urban area, the deity of Nagaeswara generally called Naganathaeswara. This temple was constructed with open hall mandapa, and the Nandhi statue situated in the east direction in front of Lord Shiva, this temple portrays warriors, the God and Goddess. It is one of the most prominent and oldest temples in Bangalore.
This temple has shows engraving of Bangalore war, that inscription says Nagattra died in the war of Bangalore not only that this inscription carving in the 9th century on the temple stone, but more than Nandhi also placed open hall of in the temple. This temple Architecture adherence with the Dravidian style.
Kadu Malleshwara Temple
Malleshwaram is popular in the Northern part of Bangalore and the name of place Malleswaram represents a forest of the Lord. Although, the temple well strong in the present day. Every day and year the devotees visit the temple and another one Nandhi Teertha temple situated in front of the temple. Here Lord Shiva take bath consistently from the Nandhi mouth and this water considered as Holy water/ Tirtha. Even though the temple old of 400 years meanwhile temple built in the 17th century for Lord Shiva. Kadu Malleswaram temple built a Dravidian style of architecture. According to olde scriptures, this temple belonged to Chatrapathi Shivaji’s stepbrother Venkoji, who came upon a ‘Shivalingam’ in 1669 and consecrated the temple around.
Kote Venkataraman temple
Kote Venkataraman temple was built by the Sri Chikkadevaraja in the 15th century, and he is the ruler of Mysore, after some days his son Kanteerava Narasaraja Wadeyar presenting four villages for the temple to the puja fulfillment. The temple halidom structure of Architecture adherence in the Dravidian style. The temple has many goddess sculptures and spiritual statues, and it is the oldest temple in Bangalore. Including, the king Tippu sultan spends summer place, this temple saves his life when the British take the war to hit the temple one pillar protects life. A significant of the time observe the puja grandly with thousands of devotees visit temple during Ekadashi to get boon from the Venkataramana. The temple situated a peaceful circumstance and a clean environment. It is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore city and historical evidence.
Ragigudda Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Swamy Temple
In Hinduism most people adorn to worship the Lord Hanuman/Anjaneyaswamy, Ragigudda temple is the one of the popular in Bangalore temples and this temple was built in 1969 although it situated on the hilltop and some shrine for other deities of Ganesha, Rama, and Sita and Navagraha temple included in the temple. This temple was constructed for the god of Sri Anjaneyaswamy the temple hosts along with the Rama, Sita, Lakshmanan, and Hanuman. Sri Prasanna Anjaneya Swamy formed in the millet of Ragi while the time of three trinity gods visit that place and blessed him to permanently there three pillars narrates the event. Every Saturday many people visit the temple to get the blessing.
Hanuman Temple Banashankari
Hanuman temple is situated as Avadhoota Datta, Hanuman temple has a cosmic environment, lord Hanuman is decorated with Betel leaves. Hanuman took the incarnation of monkey to do help for Rama &Sita. Hence the hanuman picture was fixed by the Sri Ganapathi Satchidananda Swamiji, and lord hanuman has several formations like Prasanna Anjaneya, Panchamuki Anjaneya, Veera hanuman and Shanthi Hanuman. Hanuman is the lord for all Hindu people, a large number of people visit the temple. A beautiful appearance in the entrance of the temple, also one of the most famous temples in Bangalore. This temple located in Banashankari, Bangalore, Karnataka state, India.
Chennakesava Temple, Avenue Road
Chennakeshava temple is one of the famous temples in Bangalore, this temple dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. The temple of architecture adherence in Vijayanagara property although its shrine has some beneficial months of January, February, August, September, and December. These months are very auspicious to visit the temple. This temple stands in the best architecture culture during the Hoysala era and in the wall of inscription gives the mythological event. This temple is located on Avenue Road, Bangalore, India.
Panchamukhi Ganesha temple, Hanumanth Nagar
The lord Ganesha has five faces in five directions in the temple. He is also called as Pancha Mukhi Ganesha. This Panchamukhi temple is one of the popular temples in Bangalore. The deity situated on the top of the temple as called Mahameru Ganesha. Another temple located with a beautiful pool, and devotes throw some coins and it has four directions doors. In the surrounding of the temple gives such peaceful thoughts. It is located in Hanumantha Nagar, Bangalore, Karnataka state, India.
Kailash Vaikuntha Mahakshetra temple, Rajaji Nagar
Lord Vishnu, is one of the major gods in Hinduism. In all, Vaishnava temples celebrate the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival, and it is one of the important Tithi for Lord Vishnu. Vaikuntha Dhwara will open between December- January according to the Hindu calendar as well as the Hindu people's believes to get moksha from the Lord Vishnu during Vaikunda Ekadashi. This temple has Panchamukha Anjaneya, Ranganatha, Lord Srinivasa, Shiva, Navagrahas, Tripurasundari, Ganesh, and Subramanya. In right, in front of the temple, Lakshmi Narasimha temple is located. On the opposite side 7 feet, Lord Shani temple and Bala Murugan temple is located. Kailash Vaikunta Mahakshetra temple is located in Rajaji Nagar, Bangalore, Karnataka State, India.
Hanuman Temple, Marathahalli
This Hanuman temple is located in Maratha Halli, Bangalore, Karnataka state, India. Hanuman temple near Someshwara temple and Chowdeswaramma temples are available. It is a divine and pleasant place, around this temple positive and powerful vibes, are accessible. During Tuesdays and Saturdays, many people visit the temple, for praying and seeking his blessings. If you pray here yours desires will be fulfilled as soon as possible. Here Lord Hanuman statue is very big, it looks very beautiful and must-visit the temple. Here daily Archana and abhishekam, car, bike puja’s can be done.
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