Bangalore is rich in religious places and pilgrim centers much known for their magnificent carvings and sculptures. With extensive patronage from the reigning kings the temples abound in exquisite art in stone. The idols and elaborate carvings scraped out of rocks, and the paintings on the walls, echo Kannada art, culture and tradition. The columns, gateways and the metalwork deserve special mention.
Proofs of antiquity reveal mention of Bengaluru in epigraphs on inscription stones dating back to 890 AD. Modern Bangalore was founded by Kempe Gowda I of Vijayanagara Empire, but, in an effort to get back to the roots, have changed to Bengaluru once again. No wonder, such an old place with dedicated royal benefaction developed as a cherished place of temple architecture.
Travel to some of the most prominent religious places in Bangalore to see the Bull temple, Gavi Gangadeshwara temple and the ISKCON temple. Shiva is the most prominent deity worshipped in Bangalore and most of the temples are Related to this Hindu God. Tour packages should also be tailored keeping in mind the cave temples of Bangalore. Experience a unique weekend with the musicians performing in the temple courtyards or just indulge in the peace and tranquility that encompasses the temples.
As such Bangalore is quite cosmopolitan in the sense that, here Hindus stays harmoniously in close quarters with the Muslims and Christians. Bangalore churches are magnificent with rich exteriors and lavish interiors.
ISKCON Temple in Bangalore is an amazing amalgam of glass and gopuram, a blend of contemporary and ancient styles. ISKCON Construction Department took the full responsibility of the construction of the temple. A special technology was used to build the gopurams using Ferro cement. The primary structure of the temple was made of steel and net of wire covered with cement and concrete. The exceptional use of glass in the temple.
Bull Temple in Bangalore, also known as "Nandi temple"or Bhoganandiswara temple. The temple is a sculptural masterpiece. It is dedicated to Nandi, the bull, which is considered as Lord Shiva's Vahana or vehicle according to Hindu mythology. The temple is situated in Bungle hill on the south of Bull Temple Road. There is a large sculpture of Bull, which is about 4.6 metres tall and 6m long. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the structure is that it has been carved out from a single rock of granite.
Someshwara Temple in Bangalore is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built by Kempegowda at Ulsoor. It is one of the oldest and biggest temples of Bangalore, reminding us of the rich heritage of the Chola Kingdom. The marvelous architecture of the temple with glorious Rajagopuram (tower) and Dhwajastambha (massive pillar) in the entrance of the temple attracts devotees from far off places. Presently the temple is under the supervision of Endowment Department of the Karnataka Government.
The Garden City of Bangalore which is presently more famous for its development in the IT sector, is a favorite tourist destination. There are many places to be visited in Bangalore, but the Temples are its main attractions. For all tourists visiting Bangalore, the Dharmaraja Temple must be included in the list of places to be visited. The Dharmaraja Temple in Bangalore is located in Nagarath Pet. The Temple has two outstanding images, Sri Dharmaraja Swami, one of the main characters of the Hindu mythology Mahabharata, and the other of Lord Krishna.
The Shiva Temple has been constructed by the Melwanies who are associated with various charity institutions in Bangalore. The massive statue of Lord Shiva looks wonderful, especially during the night. It has been decorated with lights and during night it presents a majestic view with glittering light, the huge structure of the Lord and reflection of the idol on the shimmering waters. On special occasions like Mahashivratri, Holi, etc. pooja's are offered in an elaborate manner.
St. Marks Cathedral
St. Mark's Cathedral was constructed in 1926 in Bangalore on the M. G. Road. It is one of the oldest Anglican Churches of South India. It is a branch of the Church of South India (CSI). The building is grand with a number of Roman arches and a magnificent central dome. The Cathedral was founded in the year 1808 and given a final shape in 1812. The bell of the Cathedral is well maintained and amongst the most recent. The architecture of St. Mark's Cathedral was inspired by the 17th-century St Paul's Cathedral. While entering the Cathedral you can see the fine carvings on wood with the stately domes. In 1901, the building was expanded and rebuilt in the year 1927. The church is dedicated to St. Mark, one amongst the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ. It is believed that St. Mark wrote the first Gospel.
St. Mary's Church
In 1818 , St. Mary's Church was built by a French missionary, Abbe Dubois in the form of a chapel and called it 'Kaanike Mathe Devaalaya' (Our Lady of Presentation). Later it was rebuilt in 1882 to its present form. Both the interiors and the exteriors of the church are extremely ornamental. The intricate stained glass windows of the Church were imported from Paris. In the year 1973, St. Mary's Church was granted the the status of a basilica and many ceremonial privileges were granted to it. Every year on 8th of September, Virgin Mary's festival is celebrated with glory and grandeur. A procession is taken out on this eve, that attracts thousands of devotees and a chariot moves with the statue of St. Mary.
Last Updated on : 03/13/2013