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Bangalore is dotted with shrines, temples, old churches, mosques, Gurudwara etc., to the needs of the cosmopolitan public. The Someshwara temple in Ulsoor is said to have been a chola structure, rebuilt and englarged by Kempegowda. The temple consists of many relics of great archaeological interest. The Mallikarjuna Swamy temple of Malleswaram has a glorious traditional background. It dates back to the time of Chatrapati Shivaji, as the Bihjapur rulers had gifted that site to shahuji father of Shivaji, The Banashankari temple situated in a picturesque setting on the outskirts of the city abutting the Kanakapura road is a shining symbol of popular faith. Visweshwarapuram near Basavanagudi has two temples, one dedicated to Subramanya and another to Kannika Parameshwari.

Recently a few more shrines have sprung up in this area. The summer Palace of the Royal family of Nepal stands gracefully on a quiet area in Ulsoor. The triple domed white mansion has been donated and converted in to Aurabindo Ashram where regular discourses are held. Its activities cover a wide spectrum that include meditation, yoga seminars, Progarmmes for youth, etc. the Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple has grown into a very popular shrine in Jayanagar 9the Block, attracting thousands of devotees and visitors. The nucleus of the shrine of Anjaneya is on this rock. The place glows with festivity during the Hanuma Jayanthi celebration every year.

List of Temples in Bangalore

Buddhist and Jain Temples : The Maha Bodhi Society has constructed a beautiful Buddhist temple in Gandhinagar, which is a popular place of worship. Many Buddhist pilgrims and tourists from Srilanka, China, Japan, Korea, etc., visit this temple throughout the year. founded in 1956 by Acharya Buddha Rakkhita, an engineer in the British army who served briefly in Singapore and Malaya, he brought a sapling of bodhi tree from Bodh Gaya and planted the same here. The tree is as old as the society and is an object of veneration. This society has been rendering services to people of all walks of life and lays emphasis on social service.

Jain temples at Chickpet, Gandhinagar, Sajjanrao Circle and Jayanagar are the centres of worship by the local Jain Community and pilgrims from outside. The Jain temple at Jayanagar is an excellent marble structure modeled on the style of the Dilwara temple at Mount Abu in Rajasthan.

Bull Temple at Basavanagudi : Situated on the outskirts of Baswanagudi extension, this ancient temple built in the Dravidian style of architecture dates back to the time of Kempegowda in the mid sixteenth century. The monolith bull-Nandi in this temple is carved out of a huge grey granite boulder and is well proportioned. About three meters in height and five metres long, this recumbent bull is on a high platform. Owing to the commanding position of the Nandi, ti overlooks the big city of Bangalore below. One the pedestal of the Nandi is an inscription in Kannada which states that at the feet of the Nandi originate the river Vrishabhavati to flow westwards to join the river Arkavati at Kanakapura. Every year in the month of Karthik, on the last Monday and Tuesday, a huge fair is held where large quantities of groundnut are sold, which is popularly known as Kadalaikayi Parishe. Another monolith, a huge Ganpathi idol can be seen at the foot of the Bull temple. The Kadu Hanuman temple nearby has a huge idol of Anjaneya, similarly hewn out of single rock. The Bugle Rock is about a hundred metres to the north of the Bull Temple. It was on this high rock that the bugle used to be sounded in the days of Kempegowda to signal certain occasions and timming to the people of Bangalore who lived around this place.

Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple : Better known as the Cave Temple it is dedicated to Lord Shiva located in a natural cave formed out of a monolithic rock. Existing from time immemorial, it is believed that sage Gauthama worshipped the Linga as Gangadhareshwara. The cave itself stretches to a considerable distance. The surroundings are idyllic and it overlooks the Kempambudhi tank and the Vrishabhavathi Vally. The Hariharagudda Park skirts the south-west providing a splendid back drop. This cave temple witnesses a rare phenomenon on every Makara Sankranthi day (January 14th or 15th ) in the evening. The rays of the setting sun will enter the arch, stream through the window on the west of the Mukha Mandapa, thence pass between the horns of the Nandi to reach the Shiva Linga deep inside the cave. This unusual occurrence bears testimony to the architectural and astronomical knowledge of our ancient sculptors.

Hanuman Temple (Near Race Course) : Dedicated to Hanuman the devotee of Sri Rama, it is a modern temple near the Bangalore Turf Club within the bungalow premises of Poorna Prasad. This temple is believed to have been constructed about a hundred and fifty years ago by the grandson of Dewan Purniah, who served both Nawab Haidar Ali Khan and Tippu Sultan. The shrine has a beautiful tall tower and is a fusion of Hoysala and Chandela styles of Architecture. It is a treasure house of interesting sculpture and profuse ornamentation created by the artists of Rajasthan. Being a private temple, it can be visited with the permission of the owners.

Krishna Temple (ISKCON Temples) : A temple for Krishna, Balarama and Radha has been built on a rocky hillock on the Chord road, Rajajinagar, where the Hare Krishnaites gather for worship. A ten crore rupees temple built by the international Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has become a very popular religious centre and a tourist spot. The five storey gopuram (dome) has the height of a sixteen story building and is visible from the highway below. The top storey housing this shrine is 24 metres high. A Paved path with terraced gardens on either side and small mandapams housing the status of Hanuman and Garuda all round with fountains, lead to the Mahadwara (Main entrance). The Govinda Restaurant, part of ISKCON international Chain, is at a side where food is sold having the same spiritual value as the Prasadam. The auditorium conducts shows, controlled by compters, depicting the ten events from the life of Krishna. The rest of the show relates to the episodes from the life of the founder of ISKCON, Prabhupada Chaitanya. The most spectacular feature of the temple is the stained glass sides of the grand dome. The hall is illuminated at night, giving it an ethereal incandescence. Huge dining halls and guest houses are built behind the temple. Regular worship in the morning and evening is conducted with arathi and Bhajans at the Krishna temple and the Narasimha temple below.

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