Sunday, September 4, 2016

My one day trip in Bangalore

We visited Iskcon Sri Radha Krishna Temple and Sri Prasanna Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple in Mahalakshmi Layout Bangalore. I may not be a good story teller or travel writer, but I tried to narrate my feelings or experience here.

Bangalore is not a new place for me. But, I know we cannot explore or cover whole Bangalore in one day as each part of the Bangalore has its own attraction. Here I would like to share my one day experience or one day trip in Bangalore. Bangalore is one of the famous cities located in India. It offers a unique travel experience to people of all age groups.

Iskcon Sri Radha Krishna Temple Bangalore


As my trip was with family, I chose to go any famous temple in Bangalore. International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) temple is one of the best place in bangalore to go with family and friends. Iskcon Sri Radha Krishna Temple (Hare Krishna Hill) in Bangalore is located in Mahalakshmi layout in north-west Bengaluru, near Rajajinagar Bangalore. What I like in this temple is the ambiance of devotion and what I dislike most is people who are trying to sell puja items or coupon for special entrance.

How we reached?

You can reach the temple by auto, cab or BMTC buses (starts from Majestic). We caught bus from my home near Silkboard around 8.30 Am and reached Majestic around 9 or 9.30 Am. We asked BMTC conductor for the bus route to Iskcon temple, he said there are a number of buses available from Majestic. While getting down in Majestic Bus Stand, conductor directed us to the bus towards Iskcon temple. In bus towards Iskcon temple, conductor told us to get down near a signal called Mahalakshmi Layout. From there it is a walkable distance of around 5 minutes. It was around 10 or 10.30 Am when we reached there.

Iskcon temple Entrance and View

When we reached Iskcon temple, we can see Iskcon temple's beautiful view from the road side. While entering the main gate, there are securities like in shopping mall who does a body check and lets you to go inside. After entering the temple gate, the path leads to the temple. Here, there was a stall like setup, where they told us some advantage of offering special aarati and special darshan facilities. But, we ignored them like we ignore salesman in shopping malls. Next we saw that there is coupon facilities for footwear and belongings like Camera. We got a sack to put footwears of me and our family members. As we go ahead, there is again another security people to check whether we have camera or something which is not allowed further. Once you clear this point, you are free to go inside temple, take photos with your mobile. But, only in place allowed to take the photos. We reached a gate or door which we used to see from the roadside.

One thing I liked here is 108 small steps, where we get an opportunity to chant 108 times Hare Krishna maha mantra called "Harinam Mantapa". If We had chosen any special dharshan, we won't be going through this mantap, but will directly reach to the deity of Lord Prahlada Narasimha.

When we go further, there was a small temple or single hall type temple dedicated to Prahlada Narasimha, next again similar temple dedicated to Lord Sreenivasa Govinda. Here you can see a idol of hanuman and garuda at both side of the doors while coming out of the temple.

Entry to main deity in Sri Radha Krishna Temple


Next, a door welcomes you to real experience of Iskcon Sri Radha Krishna Temple. Here you can feel the ambiance of temple with Special Pujas, Bhajan & Kirtans etc. But, what I like here is the Music and Bhajan are live and not heavy sounds like other temples. I feel the Bhajan is like we humming Hare Krishna Maha Mantra “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare”. Here you can see twp pairs of three deities Sri Krishna & Balarama, Sri Radha Krishnachandra and Sri Nitai Gauranga. You can also see a statue of Srila Prabhupada, founder-acharya of ISKCON, in a corner.

Srila Prabhupada, founder-acharya of ISKCON


Shopping Zone or area

Once you finish darshan of Sri Radha Krishna Temple then starts shopping zone or exhibition type sales. Here you can buy what ever you want like Iskcon Sri Radha Krishna Prasad like Ladoo,Sweets, food & snacks, kids dresses, showcase collection items etc. Everything here is paid prasad and what I always miss is there is no Meals or restaurant for lunch. While going towards exit, you will get a prasad which may be a puliyogre served in leaf petal like we get in pani puri place.

I think we entered in morning around 10 or 10.30 Am and while we finished darshan, shopping etc it is around 2 Pm. Then we decide to go one more temple near by.

Videos
ISKCON Bangalore|Travel INDIA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgzdRYomL2Y

Sri Prasanna Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple Mahalakshmi Layout

Many times I used to go Iskcon temple, but we used to miss this temple as we didn’t know about this temple. One day my mom told that this temple was shown in one kannada televison and we inquired about this temple. Many people who used to come Iskcon temple has no clue. So, we asked autorickshaw driver and they told it is walkable distance from Iskcon temple.

The temple is dedicated to Maha Lakshmi and Sri Prasanna Veeranjaneya (Lord Hanuman). May be this reason the area is known as Mahalakshmi Layout. The temple is houses  a 20 feet Mahalakshmi idol and few small marble idols like Lord Ganesha, Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Sita and Hanuman. The speciality or special attraction of this temple is Lord Hanuman carved on single monolith stone of 22 feet height, 16 feet wide and 4 feet thick.

It was around 3.30 while we finished our temple darshan. From this temple, it is 5 min walking distance to Mahalakshmi Layout Bus stop and bmtc buses from here goes to Majestic. So we got majestic bus and from there we caught bus towards our home.

Guide for Devotees & Visitors

Iskcon Bangalore Timing
  • Everyday Morning 4:15 am to 5:00 am
  • Monday to Friday: 7:15 am to 1:00 pm & 4:15 pm to 8:15 pm
  • Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: 7:15 am to 8:15 pm
Nearest Bus Stop & Metro Station: Mahalakshmi Layout
Walkable distance from Orion Mall & Big Bazaar Yeswantpur
Temples in Mahalakshmi Layout: Iskcon Sri Radha Krishna Temple Bangalore, Sri Prasanna Veeranjaneya Swamy Temple Mahalakshmi Layout Bangalore.
Railway Staions: Yeswantpur Railway Station
Airport: Kempegowda International Airport Bangalore 

NB: We are not associated with Iskcon Sri Radha Krishna Temple Bangalore and Likes or Dislikes I shared here are only my personal views or opinion.

For more info about Iskcon Bangalore, you can visit their website https://www.iskconbangalore.org

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Popular Shopping Malls in Mangalore

Mangalore may not be so popular like Bangalore city in shopping malls. There may not be many shopping malls in the city. But, it doesn't mean you cannot get things that every shopaholics expect from a shopping mall. Mangalore too has a few shopping malls for fun, entertainment, retail shopping, movies like PVR, CInepolis and a food court that can give your tummy a yummy food and beverages. Let us check some important shopping malls you can visit when you visit this city.

The Forum Fiza Mall: It is located in Pandeshwar and one of the famous mall that offers you a good shopping experience. It has everything that gives you a feel of Malls in Bangalore. PVR cinemas attracts all youngster and family to enjoy their weekends here.

City Center Mall: It is located at KS Road in Hampankatta Mangalore. The mall has ample space and offers you good shopping experience. Cinepolis movie theater chain is available in this mall. It is one of the popular mall in Mangalore.

Bharath Mall: It is located opposite Mangalore KSRTC bus stand. This is mall offers you good movie experience with BIG Cinemas.

There are number of small super markets and Shopping malls with branded apparels and accessories. Ideal Ice cream in Mangalore and Pabbas Ice Cream are the two famous ice cream parlours you must never miss when you visit this city.

Useful Links
http://www.mangaluruonline.in/city-guide/shopping-in-mangalore

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hosdurg Fort in Kasaragod district of Kerala

Hosdurg Fort is located in Kanhangad city of Kasaragod district of Kerala. It is built by Somashekara Nayak of Ikkeri Dynasty. The fort may not be attracting tourists here. But, it can be seen or visited while your visit to Nithyanandashram and Poonkavanam Karpooreswara Temple. The fort is now in ruins and efforts are made to renow for its chain of forts.

Nithyananda cave near Hosdurg Fort

Nithyanand Ashram in Kanhangad is dedicated to Bhagwan Swami Nithyananda. But, don't get confused with the name of Swami Nithyananda with controversial Swami Nithyananda of Bangalore. Nithyanand Ashram in Kanhangad is a dyana mandir (Medidation) located near Hosdurg Fort. It is believed that there is mystery cave near the entrance of Hosdurg Fort where Swami Nithyananda used to medidate. Bhagwan Swami Nithyananda first did his tapas at Guruvanam, five kilometers away from this ashram.

Hosdurg Fort gives a beautiful view to near by lush green fields, Nithyanand Ashram and the railway track. During the Lotus blooming time, the fort attracts nature lovers and photographers here.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple in Kannur district of Kerala

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Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple is one of the famous temple in Kannur district of Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Muthappan Theyyam a form of Lord Siva. It is located on the banks of the river Valapattanam. Here dogs are considered sacred and it symbolize the bodyguards of the God. Toddy is the main offering to the deity.

How to Reach here?

It is 120 km from Mangalore and around 20 Km from Kannur Railway Station, it can also reached by KSRTC and Private buses. Kozhikode airport is the nearest airport. But, around 130 Km from temple.

Main Attraction

Parassinikadavu Muthappan is famous for Muthappan Theyyam and prasadam here is a dish made of moong, coconut and ground nut. The temple looks awesome from the bank of the river. At 1 Km from temple boating facilities are available, this gives you an awesome view of temple. At an around 5 to 10 Km, there is an Parassinikadavu snake park,  a popular tourist destination for kids and school children.

Photos and Videos

Parassinikadavu Snake Park:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UShvXKPpszo


Parassinikadavu Muthappan Temple:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQlu_PEPso0&spfreload=10

Useful Links:
http://jumborooms.blogspot.in/2016/07/parassinikadavu-offerings-price-details-pooja-timings.html
http://www.almadayans.com/parassini-madappura.php
https://www.keralatourism.org/destination/parassinikadavu-muthappan-temple/196

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Ghati Subramanya Bangalore

Ghati Subramanya, temple on the outskirts of Bangalore, located near Doddaballapur in Bangalore can be reached by BMTC buses and Private buses from Majestic, Hebbal and Yelahanka. KSRTC buses, shared autos and private vehicles are available from Doddaballapur to Ghati Subramanya. The temple is dedicated to god Sri Subramanya and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha. The temple is about 60 kms from Bangalore city and about 12 km from Doddaballapur. The Temple offers free lunch to devotees coming to the temple.

Ghati Subramanya is famous for the style of architecture where the idol of Lord Sri Subramanya and Lord Lakshmi Narasimha is carved on the one idol one facing east and another at the back. Devotees can see the idol of both god at one time, idol of Lord Sri Subramanya directly while the darshan of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha through a mirror behind the idol.

How to Reach
  • KSRTC buses, shared autos and private vehicles are available from Doddaballapur to Ghati Subramanya.
  • Kempegowda International Airport is the nearest Airport.
  • Makali Durga is the nearest railway station. 

Famous Churches in Bangalore

Christian classifies their churches depending on the main groups or Christian denomination. Some of the important churches in Bangalore are listed below.

  • St. Mary's Basilica Church Shivajinagar, Bangalore
  • St. Anthony's Friary Church Hosur Road, Koramangala Post, Bangalore
  • Sacred Heart Church Richmond Road, Bangalore
  • St Andrews Church Cubbon Road
  • Mar Thomas Syrian Church Primrose Road, Ashok Nagar, Bangalore
  • Parish Priest St. Patrick's Church Brigade Road, Bangalore
  • Hudson Memorial Church, Hudson Circle, Bangalore
  • Infant Jesus Shrine,  Bazaar Street, Viveknagar, Bangalore
  • St. Mark's Cathedral, MG Road, Bangalore