At a distance of 8.5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Sri Banashankari Temple is situated on Kanakapura Road. Dedicated to Banashankari Amma, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, this temple is one of the oldest and most famous temples in Bangalore.
The temple was constructed by Subramanya Shetty in 1915. Most noteworthy feature of the temple is that the deity is worshipped in Rahukala, an inauspicious time according to Hindu belief. The temple is open to public everyday but special puja is performed on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. A popular belief among the devotees is that by worshipping goddess Banashankari Amma in Rahukala, all the hardships and poverty will be removed. The deity is worshipped by lighting multiple oil lamps in half cut lemon peels with the pulp removed.
The temple celebrates three cultural ceremonies in a year - Sep 13th the birthday of Banashankari Amma, Dussehra Festival in October and the temple anniversary in Dec.
Timing: 6 AM - 1:30 PM .....
At a distance of 5 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Bull Temple also known as Basavanagudi Nandi Temple is situated on top of a hill at Basavanagudi. This Hindu temple is situated inside a park called Bugle Rock. The temple is dedicated to sacred bull Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva. This is one of the oldest temples of Bangalore and also one of the top pilgrimages & tourist attractions in Bangalore city.
The temple was built in 1537 by Kempegowda in Dravidian style. The temple is relatively small in size, but houses one of the largest monolithic Nandi statues in the world which measures 4.5 meter in height and 6 meter in length. The temple also houses the idols of God Surya and Chandra, on their chariots. A 17th century inscription at the base of the structure mentions about a stream called Vrishabhavathi that originated here. The tower over the shrine was constructed in early 20th century and is adorned with figures of gods and motifs.
As per legend, a bull used .....
At a distance of 6 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, the Dodda Ganapathi Temple or Basavanagudi Ganesh Temple is located on the Bull Temple Road in Basavanagudi. Built in 1971, the temple has a monolithic statue of Lord Ganesha with 18ft in height and 16ft in width. It is one of the popular pilgrimage & tourist attraction in Bangalore.
The deity in this temple is also known as Shakthi Ganapathi or Satya Ganapathi. The idol is believed to be growing on its right side. The most popular ceremony of the temple is the butter coating which apparently consumes about 100 kg of butter. This butter is broken up and distributed to the devotees once in every four years. This is a spectacular sight at the temple and a visit to the temple to witness this is recommended.
Timings: 7 AM to 12.30 PM and 5.30 to 8.30 PM
Museum & Gallery
At a distance of 4 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, The Karnataka Government Museum is located at the Kasturba Gandhi Road, quite near to the Cubbon Park. Established in 1886, it is one of the oldest museums in India. It is also known as State Archeological Museum. With great collection of artifacts, it's one of the ideal places to visit in Bangalore for history & art lovers.
There are 18 galleries showcasing a rich collection of coins, art and relics from the Mohenjodaro, Halebid and Vijayanagara. It also houses the relics dating back to 5000 years. The painting gallery includes beautiful and rare paintings in Mysore and Tanjore style and also paintings from Rajasthani and Pahari schools. The museum also preserves antiques that date back to the civilization of Harappa and Mohenjodaro. Among the other artifacts on display, ivory carvings, inlay work, sandal-wood caskets are highly appreciated.
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
Museum & Gallery
At a distance of 5 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Visweswaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) is located on Kasturba road in the surroundings of Cubbon Park. It was established as a tribute to Sir M Visweswaraiah, a great civil engineer. This is one of the best science museums in India and one of the best places to visit in Bangalore city, especially for children.
The museum occupies an area of 4000 sq. m, housing various industrial products and engines, which were opened by Sri Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1962. The first gallery set up at VITM on the theme Electricity was opened to the public in 1965. An airplane and a steam engine are displayed in its compound.
VITM has 7 permanent exhibition galleries titled Engine Hall, Fun Science, Electro technic, Space - Emerging Technology in the Service of Mankind, Biotechnological Revolution, BEL Hall of Electronics and Children Science. The Engine Hall exhibits engines of various automobiles, machines used in .....
At a distance of 6 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple Complex is located on the Hare Krishna Hill in Jayanagar. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, it is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world. This is also one of the top pilgrimage sites & tourist places to visit in Bangalore.
ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna temple was inaugurated in the year 1997 by Shankar Dayal Sharma, then President of India. The temple was built to honor the birth centenary of Sri Prabhupada, the founder of the ISKCON. The project was conceived and executed by Madhu Pandit Dasa following the wishes of Prabhupada to promote Vedic culture and spiritual learning. The temple is a huge cultural complex housing the temples dedicated to Sri Radha Krishna, Sri Krishna Balarama, Sri Nitai Gauranga, Sri Srinivasa Govinda and Sri Prahlada Narasimha.
The temple covers an area of 7 acres and is built in Dravidian style. The temple is an exclusive combination .....
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At a distance of 12 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, the Shiva Temple, also known as Kemp Fort Shiva Temple, is located on Airport Road. Construction of the 65-feet-tall Lord Shiva idol and the temple started in 1994. The temple was inaugurated in 1995 by Sri Shankaracharya of Sringeri on the auspicious day of Maha Shivaratri. It is one of the popular among Bangalore tourist places.
This temple attracts large crowd due to its grandeur, aesthetic values and majestic look. It boasts of awesome 65 feet high depiction of Lord Shiva seated in Lotus position. It has the backdrop of Mount Kailash, the Lord's heavenly abode and the river Ganga flowing from his hair locks.
Behind the idol is the holy cave, resembling the Cave Yatra traditionally called the Amarnath Yatra. Within the cave there are 12 beautifully decorated replicas of Jyotir Lingas. The cave is open to the public from 9 AM to 9 PM. It attracts a large number of .....
At a distance of 8 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, The Someshwara temple is located at Ulsoor, one of the older areas of the Bangalore city. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This magnificent temple was built by Hoysalas between 12th and 13th centuries, the impressive Rajagopuram and the compound of the temple was built by Kempegowdas in 16th century. The temple is being maintained by Endowment Department of the Karnataka Govt. The main temple architecture is unique, with multiple pillars and scriptures inscribed on the walls. Strike these pillars when there is pin drop silence, they sound like guitar.
This temple houses other deities of Kamakshamma, Arunachaleswara, Bhimeswara, Nanjundeswara and Panchalingeswara. The specialty of the temple is that Brahma and Vishnu are also worshipped here. On the eve of Shivarathri, devotees flock to the Someshwara temple in large numbers.
The temple celebrates Brahmotsavam and Kamakshamma Pallaki Utsava festivals in April.
Lake & Backwaters
At a distance of 7.5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Ulsoor Lake is a man-made lake located in Ulsoor. Spread across an area of 125 acres, it is one of the best places to visit in Bangalore city to spend a wonderful evening.
Though the initial lake built during Kempe Gowda's time, it was enhanced by Sir Lewin Bentham Bowring, the then Commissioner of Bangalore. The lake has a recreational complex that has a swimming pool. There is also a garden at one end of the lake known as Kensington Park. This lake is a center of attraction during Ganesh Chathurdi.
Boating facilities are available in Ulsoor Lake. There are many small islands spread across the lake and they can be reached by boat. The Boat Club maintained by KSTDC offers wonderful boating facilities. The boating fee is Rs 120 per hour.
Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM on all days.
At a distance of 3 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is situated at T. Chowdiah Road in Bangalore near Vidhana Soudha. Established in 1989, the Planetarium has an observatory equipped with a six inch code refractor telescope. It is one of the ideal places to visit for children in Bangalore.
The sky theatre inside with a dome of 15 m in diameter has a sitting capacity of 225. The Planetarium aims to provide an awareness of astronomy amongst students as well as the common public. Daily two shows are held here for everyone interested in knowing the mysteries of outer space. A Science Park is being developed around the Planetarium. Some of the models on display include Resonant Swings, Whispering Dishes, Sun Dial, Giant Kaleidoscope, Model of a Polar Satellite Launching Vehicle (PSLV).
Show timings: 3 PM and 4:30 PM. Closed on Mondays.
Entry Fee: Rs 35 for Adults & Rs. 20 for Children
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 2.5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Gandhi Bhavan is situated on the Kumara Krupa Road. Gandhi Bhawan was started as Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi (GSN), under the chairmanship of Dr Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India. It is a serene place where one can get a complete insight of Gandhiji's life and teachings.
The main aim of Gandhi Bhavan in Bangalore was to propagate Gandhian philosophies and ideals among the people of the state, especially among the youth. This building houses an excellent collection of rare photographs and letters of the Mahatma. Pictures of Gandhi's childhood to the last day of his life are displayed here. This is presently used as a venue for sessions, meetings and seminars based on the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. Every year on 2nd October special programs are held to pay tribute to Gandhi, the great Indian Independence activist.
Timings: 10.30 AM to 1:30 PM and 3 - 5 PM. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 3.5 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Vidhan Soudha is the state legislature building located on Dr. Ambedkar road at the northern end of Cubbon Park. It houses the Legislative Chambers of Karnataka State. This is one of the top tourist places to visit in Bangalore and also the largest Legislative building of India. This is one of the prime attractions of Bangalore city and also most commonly used to represent Bangalore.
Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the Chief Minister of Mysore, is credited with the conception and construction of the Vidhana Soudha. The foundation stone was laid by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, on 13 July 1951. It was completed in the year 1956 at a total cost of around Rs. 1.75 crore.
Vidhana Soudha was built in the Neo-Dravidian architectural style and has the elements of Indo-Saracenic, Rajasthani .....
At a distance of 4 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, The Cubbon Park, officially known as Sri Chamarajendra Park is a historic park located in the heart of the city. Cubbon Park was named after Sir Mark Cubbon, Bangalore's longest serving commissioner. This beautiful park was planned and laid out in 1864 by Sir. Richard Sankey, the then Chief Engineer of Mysore. Cubbon Park is under the control of the Department of Horticulture. It is one of the popular visiting places in Bangalore with family.
Lawns with vibrant flower beds, shady bowers and flowering trees, make this an ideal place for fitness freaks and the elderly to take their morning jogs or evening walks. The Park has elegant classical buildings like Attara Kacheri, the Visweswaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum, Government Museum, Aquarium, Venkatappa Art Gallery and Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall, all of which are well known. It also houses Bal Bhavan - an amusement park for children.
Cubbon Park is open .....
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