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Need A Spiritual Break? Visit These 6 Extraordinary Temples In Bengaluru

Take a break from shopping or sightseeing and immerse yourself in peace and spirituality by visiting Bengaluru's beautiful temples.

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Bangalore has a number of magnificent temples in addition to prominent buildings, magnificent gardens, and classy restaurants that you can visit. The city is dotted with magnificent religious centres that are well-known not only in the country, but throughout the world for their incredible architecture and history. During your visit to Bangalore, you can pay homage at the Dharmaraya Swamy Temple, admire the architecture of Ranganathaswamy Temple, or dance to the tunes of Hare Rama Hare Krishna at ISKCON Temple. So, take a break from shopping or sightseeing and immerse yourself in peace and spirituality by visiting Bengaluru's beautiful temples. Take a look at some of the famous temples in Bengaluru.

1. ISKCON Temple

ISKCON Temple, also known as Shree Radha Krishna Temple, is located in Rajajinagar, a neighbourhood in North Bangalore. It is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world, as well as the most famous Krishna temple in Bangalore. The temple is built in the neo-classical style and is embellished with stone carvings. At the temple's entrance, visitors are greeted by water fountains and a massive arch. Prosperous festivals related to Lord Vishnu's avatars and Vedic culture, both of which are celebrated with great joy, have made it the city's primary religious attraction.

2. Big Bull Temple and Ganesh Temple

Basavanagudi, a heritage neighbourhood in southwest Bangalore, is home to many old temples, one of which is the renowned 16th century Bull Temple (Dodda Basavana Gudi). Vijayanagar ruler Kempe Gowda, who founded the city, built this Dravidian-style temple. Its name is derived from its main attraction, a massive monolithic Nandi (Lord Shiva's bull) carved out of granite rock. 

The temple is located within Bugle Rock Park and is frequently visited along with the adjacent Dodda Ganeshana Gudi. Try to attend the annual Kadalekai Parishe groundnut festival, which takes place in November or December, and involves farmers offering their first groundnuts to the sacred bull. 

3. Dharmaraya Swamy Temple

The Dharmaraya Swamy Temple (Dharmarayaswamy Temple), located in the heart of Karnataka, Bangalore, adds a vintage touch to the hustling city. The temple is one of Bengaluru's oldest and most well-known. The temple is dedicated to the Pandavas from the epic Mahabharata and is the only temple in India dedicated to the five brothers and their consort, Draupadi.

It's also famous for its Karaga Festival, which takes place in late March or early April. During the festival, a temple priest dresses up as a woman and walks through the city streets in procession with a large floral cone karaga pot. The pot symbolises Draupadi, who is said to return every year and bestows blessings.

4. Someshwara Temple

The Someshwara temple, located on the banks of the Ulsoor Lake, is undoubtedly the best temple in Bangalore. This temple was built during the Chola empire's reign, and its historic architecture still tells the story. The temple was renovated in the 16th century by Kempe Gowda, who also added the gopurams (towers). You will also be able to see the Navagraha Temple, which is said to house statues of the 12 rishis. Near the entrance gate, there is a lovely tall pillar. The temple's tower is adorned with inscriptions and drawings of Hindu mythological figures, animals, and Gods. The open Mantapa on the temple grounds features 48 pillars replete with carvings of deities. The temple is dedicated to Shri Someshwara Swamy. 

5. Banashankari Temple

The Banashankari temple is dedicated to the deity Banashankari Amma and is one of best temples to visit in Bangalore. It was built in 1915 with a clear and simple facade. The devotees of goddess Banashankari Amma hold special prayers on Rahukala, a day considered inauspicious by most Hindus. The feast day of Goddess Banashankari Amma, held on September 13, Dusherra, and the temple anniversary, which falls in the Hindu month of Pushya Maasa, are three of the most important festivals celebrated in the temple.

6. Nageshwara Temple

Nageshwara temple, located near Hosur Road on the outskirts of Bangalore, is one of the city's hidden treasures. The architecture of this temple, which was built during the Ganga and Chola eras, is stunning. Lord Shiva is the main deity at the temple. Because there are panchalingas in the shrine, it is also known as the Panchalingeshwara temple. People who admire the temple's exquisite structure visit it without fail.

Visiting the temples in Bangalore is not only a spiritual experience but is also a symbol of our historic past. Despite the fact that each temple has its own festival and annual celebrations, they can be visited at any time of year. So, the next time you're in Bangalore, be sure to pay these beautiful temples a visit.

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