Monday, 12 November 2012

The Meenakshi Temple of Bangalore

Almost all major roads in Bangalore have some places of historical or tourist attraction. The object of curiosity for a tourist may be a temple, church, masjid or a commercial and business establishment, mall, coffee shop and a well-known eatery.
The Bannerghatta Road is one of the major roads of  Bangalore. It houses the offices of several IT companies. It also abuts the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology. Besides, there are a number of educational institutions.
One of the most important and perhaps new landmark on the road is the beautiful Meenakshi Sundareshwar Temple. The temple is located in Hulimavu and is almost opposite the road leading to the cave temple of Hulimavu.
Hulimavu was once a small village. Today, it is a part of Bangalore and it has a number of temples. Located 15 km from Bangalore, the Meenakshi Temple is a fairly big structure built in the style of  Tamil Nadu.
It has a beautiful Gopura and it has two main deities. The idol of Shiva or

Sundareshwar is consecrated at the entrance to the temple and that of Goddess Meenakshi on the other side. Besides, the structure has deites of other gods, including Ganesha, Subramanya, Srinivasa and even Ayappa.
The temples has the Navagraha idols too.
The temple also houses shrines to Lord Ganesha, Lord Subramanya, Lord Venkateshwara and Lord Ayyappa. You can also see a large space for Navagrahas (Nine Planets).
Since the temple is on the main road, there is no difficulty in locating it. The bus stand and autorickshaw stands are bang opposite the temple. There are plenty of buses plying from Majestic, City Market and Shivajinagar.
The temple opens on all days at 6-30 a.m., and its doors are closed at 12-30 p.m.  It again reopens between 4 p.m., and 8-30 p.m. On Fridays, it closes at 1 p.m., instead of 12-30 p.m.
The original Meenakshi Sunderashwar temple is in Madurai. This is a smaller version. The temple is clean and well maintained. It is worth a visit.
 There are nearly 50 temples in the vicinity of Hulimavu and surrounding areas. There is a Raghavendra Swamy Temple in Hulimavu village.       
If you are in the mood, you cab visit the Royal Meenakshi Mall which is nearby. There are two other malls in the vicinity.
The Wockheart and Apollo hospitals are just a few minutes away.

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