Wish fulfilling temples in Bengaluru….Belief systems……Karyasiddhi Anjaneya, Narasimha Meru, Muneeswarar, Dharmaraya Swamy, Chokkanathaswamy, Nimishamba Devi…

Traveling across in India is a thrilling experience.  India’s diverse culture,language and its history associated with divinity, belief system and miracles are very unique. In the second week of this month I traveled widely in and around the city of Bangalore or Bengaluru, popularly known as Silicon Valley of India. I was keen to visit heritage spaces that stand out for many reasons in the nooks and crannies of this grand city.

I have selected to visit the following wish fulfilling Hindu temples in Bengaluru to experience the conviction of the devotees visiting over there.They are: Karyasiddhi Anjaneya, NarasimhaMeru,Muneeswarar, Dharmaraya Swamy, Chokkanathaswamy and Nimishamba Devi temple.

 Before getting into the nitty gritty of the subject I wish my heartfelt Christmas and Bright 2019 New Year Greetings to all my blog readers and followers.

 Karya Siddhi Anjaneya Temple

Thousands of devotees’ mostly youngsters’ visits the Panchamuk Karya Siddhi Hanuman temple everyday located at Avadhoota DattaPeetham, Girinagar, Bangalore. ((Karya – means any wish; Siddhi –fulfilled).   

On Saturdays and Tuesdays this temple is overcrowded. For fulfilling one’s wishes a type of pooja styled as“Poorna PhalaSamarpana” is prescribed with certain procedure. Alcoholic drinks and-non-vegetarian food has to be stopped during this period.

Devotees with a wish to fulfill has to necessarily visit the temple to purchase the coconut officially with receipt number  and dates written on it and after taking Sankalpam (praying to god with their wish) they tie the coconut at appropriate place as directed by the temple authorities.

After tying the coconut one has to recite the following Karya Siddhi Anjaneya mantra 108times per day as per one’s convenient time.

Twamasmin Kaarya Niryoge…Pramaanam Hari Sattama ….Hanumaan Yatnamaasthaaya…….Dhukkha Khaya KarooBhava

Also the devotees should visit the temple and make 41 Pradhakshinas (The action of walking clockwise round a person or deity as a mark of respect) at least twice a week.

This procedure should continue for 16 days from the date of Sankalpam and on 16thday they untie the coconut and offer either to temple or  the same can be taken back home and prepare sweets dishes and distribute among family, friends, and relatives. If a devotee fails to turn on the 16th day the temple authorities untie them and use it for temple Prasad preparations.

SRI HARI VAIKUNTA KSHETRA Narasimha Swamy Temple:

Sri Hari Vaikunta Kshetra is a Narasimha SwamyTemple in Bangalore located in the area of Roopena Agrahara,Hosur Main Road ,has 400 years of history. It is one of its kinds in India with “Narasimha Meru”.

 ‘Narasimha Meru’- a chakra specially made for Lord Narasimha Swamy that has all Mantras (Bejakshra) related to Lord Narasimha Swamy.     

Devotees visiting this temple have strong conviction that doing 48pradakshana carrying tuvoor dal (split pigeon peas) in the palm around Narasimha Meru will clear kuja dosha (health,financial, business and any other personal problems)

Swathi Nakshatra day sees special poojas to the deity here. One can witness thousands of people offering prayers inside the temple on every Swathi Nakshatra.

Muneeswarar– Temple

 This  temple is located in Hosur road near Christ University is very unusual in all aspects. Here you find the lord without priest. Unlike other Hindu temples no dome is constructed and it is open to the sky.Its origin,according to regular devotees, date back to more than 100 years. Devotees take vows in front of Muneeswarar statue to get god’s blessings and on fulfillment they come back to temple with their offerings as a form of thanks giving to lord Muneeswarar. Devotees come here from different parts of India.

Devotees have strong conviction that unusual method of offering prayers to lord almighty Muneeswarar in this temple would lock their miseries and unlocks immeasurable happiness and prosperity to their family members.

Unusual worshiping

This structure is surrounded by two big elevated rocks.One could observe both Saivites and Vishnavite religious symbols on it topping with small horse statues in white color.

 Also one could notice bells and locks are tied on to trishulsymbol routed on the ground. No priests are there and the devotees themselves offer flowers, fruits and food articles (Curd rice and sweet Pongal rice) to the god and the same are distributed to all visitors to this temple on that day. My informal talk with some devotees present on that day of my visit believes in the offerings of cigarettes, liquor and chicken to the deity.

DharmarayaSwamy Temple – Builtin the Dravidian style, more than 800 years old is one of those rare temples dedicated to the Pandavas and Draupadi is located in Thigalarpet, the heart of Bangalore’s retail market district is frequented by thousands of devotees from all parts of India and from abroad. Bangalore’s oldest community festival‘Karaga Shaktyotsava’ is associated with this temple. (Images for karaga dance)    

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….The festival involves several unique rituals and a spectacular procession primarily celebrated to honor Draupadi, the consort of Pandavas. (Bengalurukaraga.com.)

Domlur Chokkanathaswamy temple-

This lesser known 10th century temple located in Domlur,
old airport road in Bangalore is dedicated to Lord Vishnu although named after Lord Shiva.

If you want to experience what is cosmic energy then you must visit this temple complex. There are 13 cosmic (pranic) points in the temple area. three of them are inside the sanctorum and ten of them are outside marked with white painted small square points.

Pranic point marked in the temple premises for praying

The common belief is praying for fulfillment of your wish standing on the exact locations marked here for a minute and do Pradhakshinas would radiate positive energy and would bring change of fortunes and good things in life in you according to the temple priests working here for years. On week ends you may notice many devotees waiting in queue to perform their prayers to fulfill their wishes.

Pranic point marked in the temple premises for praying

Another unique feature of this age old temple is sun rays fall on the deity directly at sunrise especially during the end of February to first week of march and also during September to October of every year.That is during the summer and winter solstices.

 Nimishamba Devi Temple

Nimishamba Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Nimishamba Devi located at Raja Rajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore.

 This temple is designed as per the Agama Sastras, constructed with red laterite stone (one of its kind in the city of Bangalore) in the traditional Parashurama Kshetra architecture style.

This temple has the shrines of Devi Nimishamba,Moukthikeswara (Siva), Siddhi Vinayaka, Lakshmi Narayana and Saraswathi. Devotees visiting this temple believe that they are getting instant boons granted by goddess Nimishamba.It is believed that Nimishamba will remove all the problems and troubles of her devotees within a minute and hence the name Nimishamba (Nimisha means 60 seconds) “Nitya Chandika Homa” is being performed at the Yajna Shala, in the temple premises.

 On my way back I was loudly recollecting what I studied sometime back that ‘People want both God and wealth”…. “Self is a matter of experience, not of intellectual understanding.”



 

 












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Stunning stone carvings…That is…. Srimushnam… Bhu Varaha Swamy temple

I love heritage, art, culture and history. In the beginning of this week I visited a small village town known as Srimushnam in  the southern part of Tamil Nadu state of India.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srimushnam

The place provides multiple perspectives. You find new tunes in the  engraved old stunning music stone  pillar carvings and paintings. One could learn the richness of Hindu history, mythology,music ,dance,unity,relationships in the environment.

Images for 72 bhartnatyam positions……….. are carved on stones at the entrance gate and in other places of the temple premises.

It is really classic and I don’t have words to express its beauty,science and knowledge content.

Most striking special feature of this temple architectural beauty attracted me the most is ,beautiful sculptures with women’s plait of the hair done on granite stones  are very natural.  some of the stunning carvings( pictures) published here speaks oceans of knowledge and engineering skill prevalent in the history of those days.

A visit to the spot will make you realize that you need thousand eyes and good heart to appreciate multiple perspectives hidden in  more than one thousand years of history of this geography.

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NO keys, no locks and no doors but a village town exists

I am not quizzing to you that where exists a twenty-first century wonder village.

NO keys, no locks and no doors but a village town exists and engages in all economic and commercial activities. Locking ones’ houses or shops door is never heard or seen by people living in this village for centuries.

I was curious to know the secrecy behind this door less village. When I first heard I thought it could happen only in  dreams.

To get the feel of this village life along with my family members I set out for a trip from Mumbai by road to Shani Shingnapur,Maharashtra,India.

The village can be located just 360 Kilo-ms away from Mumbai,India the financial capital of India. It is a village known by its name as Shani Shingnapur.Shingnapur is in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra state in India. It is about 60 km from Ahmednagar.

A small Hindu temple popularly known as Shani Shingnapur is situated in the shani Shingnapur village. The population of the village is just exceeding 7000.

There is a belief among st the villagers that if anybody tries to steal anything from this village their eyes are supposed to become blind and hence by tradition the villagers when they construct their houses and shops they don’t fix doors.

A small temple devoted to lord Shani is the main center

of attention. It has been told that in this land of Shani Dev, the lord shani has self appeared from the earth in  the form of black but impressive stone. This temple does not have any roof over it like other Hindu temples. Lord Shani traditionally has been depicted as extremely dark wearing black clothes and mounted on a vulture like crow. This shani lord appears to possess immense power to ward off evils that come in the way of your life.

After really experiencing in person what is truth and openness I am not willing to lend my ears to the philosophical explanations on trust, faith and so on.

What about you?

(I share below some additional information.)

Lord Shani – is worshipped extensively across the length and breadth of India.According to Hindu belief and Vedic astrology, Shani or Saturn occupies the seventh place among the nine Navagraha or planets (celestial gods) that govern our lives.Shani occupies the principal position among the pantheon of Hindu deities in warding off evil and to get rid off obstacles.Saturday is the day devoted to Lord Shani.

Lighting of lemon lamps-My visit to Banashankari Temple

The climate is salubrious.The weather is chilly.The day is a big day.2011’s Christmas Day.
The place I am referring to is the garden city of Bangalore in India.Be it for job opportunities,education,health facilities,parks and for tree-lined roads,cosmopolitan work culture and for many things Bangloreans are spoilt for choice.I also sucked into it.

Not attracted to the news paper advertisement jingles ‘Party for less”.

I in fact wanted to spend  the Christmas day differently.
I made up my mind to go to “Banashankari-Hindu temple,situated in the southern part of Bangalore,on Kanakapura Road.

The most popular temple in the city of Bangalore known for its folklore and its unique way of offering prayers-
lighting of lemon lamps and offering pujas or prayers during

Rahukaalam.

Banashankari or Vanashankari is made up of two Sanskrit words.
‘Vana’ in sanskrit means forest and Shankari means the consort of Shiva, parvati.

I understand that the original Banashankari Temple is located at Badami in Bijapur district.
It has a 250 year heritage.The idol of goddess Banashankari was brought to the city in 1915 from by a devotee Somanna Shetty.(Banashankari Amma Temple)
There are currently three temples of a similar nature.
one in Bangalore, the other two in Bijapur and Shimoga.

Worshiping the deity during inauspicious time (Ragukaalam)has its heritage in folklore as well.
I also gathered  the folklore attached with.That is during Rahukal 3 women who were pativratas or sumangaleyaru came to the temple.
The pujari(temple priest) asked them to wait because puja would only be offered after Rahukal got over.
But the women insisted the priest to perform the puja right away.
After the puja when the priest came out with the prasadam the women had vanished.
It was believed that the women were Goddesses and since then the tradition of offering puja during Rahukal has been maintained.

Prayers are offered by  devotees by lighting multiple oil lamps in half cut lemon peels, whose pulp has been removed.
Very nice to watch.

The temple witnesses three major festivals – Banashankari Utsav (Sept), Dasara (Oct) and the temple’s anniversary celebrations (Dec – Jan)
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 now comes under the management and control of the Endowment Department of the Government of Karnataka.

Looking at all the arrangements made for queues to contain and streamline people, the temple seemed to take in lot of visitors.
The temple is kept neat and clean.

I returned back from the temple with my thoughts that definitely the cultural continuity a product and cause of the social consciousness that exists in India’s heritage map.

Call it conflict.
Talk endlessly.
In a city where one lands to become a face of the crowd to join the techies population I wondered
how the customs, rituals and folklore continue to attract more number of people.
It forces us to think fresh.
To learn from it would be apt.
Here where do I record the echo of Boston to Bangalore slogan!!!