St.Patrick’s church at Shanthinagar

St.Patrick’s church at Shanthinagar

Shantinagar was known as Akkithimanahalli and is situated to the South of Bengaluru. 7 wards comes under Shantinagar constituency.  St.Patricks Church is one of the famous landmark in Shantinagar. 

St.Patricks Church

St. Patrick’s Church is one of the oldest churches belonging to the Archdiocese of Bangalore, and is located in a prime area of the city. Originally consecrated to Our Lady, it has served in the past as a Cathedral and then as a personal parish. Today, it is a flourishing parish in one of Bangalore’s busiest districts, and is surrounded by other institutions that serve the community in a wide variety of ways.

The foundation for St. Patrick’s church was laid in July 1841, and the church itself was built and completed in the next 3½ years, by the end of 1844. The church was dedicated to the honor of the blessed Trinity, under the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Archangel Michael, and was dedicated as the “Church of the Assumption”. But even before it was completed, it came to be known as St. Patrick’s Church, due to its popularity with Irish troops stationed in the surrounding area.

The church was further renovated in the year 2000.  It can now comfortably accommodate 550 people within it. The strength of the parish is around 3500 but its central location makes it attractive to the faithful from all parts of Bangalore as well as visitors who are spending only a short time while in the city.

The century old structure was further renovated in 2012 by Fr. Sagayanathan, with the assistance of artisans from Nagarcoil, Tamil Nadu. For the first time the entire outward structure was re-plastered and the resplendent Gothic beauty of this glorious church was meticulously restored. The entire premise was beautified with inter-locking cement blocks.

One recent addition by Rev. Fr. S. Jayanathan is a remarkable Adoration Chapel, conducive to silent prayer and meditation. It has become a popular stopping point for people in need of a few moments quite time with the Lord.

St. Anthony’s Shrine:

 On the right of the main church of St. Patrick’s is a little shrine dedicated to St. Anthony.  Known as St. Anthony’s Shrine, it attracts devotees from all walks of life. It was originally a club house and a meeting place known as St. Anthony’s Hall, under which name it was inaugurated in 1926.  In the early 1950s, it was blessed as a Shrine.  It has recently undergone renovation and a new statue of St. Anthony has been installed by Fr. Sagayanathan.

People from different faiths and from all strata of society, young and old visit.  Some come on brief visits, while others begin pouring out their anguish, beseeching St. Anthony to intercede for them in their various problems and tribulations.

The annual feast of St. Anthony on 13th June is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm.

A place worth to visit.

 

APMC Yard-Yeshwanthapur

APMC Yard-Yeshwanthapur

Yeshwanthapur is a sub locality in the north western part of Bengaluru City. It is located to the north of Malleshwaram and west of Hebbal.  This constituency has 5 wards. The biggest  wholesale market of agricultural produce in the city, the Yeshwanthpur APMC Yard, is situated in Yeshwanthpur.

APMC Yard:

Located 10 kms. from the heart of the city at Yeshwanthapur, this yard is the South India’s biggest regulated agricultural market. Spread over 93 acres houses 1,980 wholesale shops that employ nearly 2,000 workers and trade in a mind-boggling variety of things Indians need every month: onions, garlic, potatoes, rice, atta, sugar, pulses, chillies, jaggery, coconuts etc. Even if the entire South India goes out of stock, this market can still supply potatoes and onions to the city and adjoining places.

 

The APMC yard at Yeshwantpur is a beehive of activity. Trucks laden with various agricultural produce stream into the yard from across the state and country. The unloaded vegetables are stored in sacks in shops. Most of the produce, including potatoes and onions, do not need any special care from rotting.

 

The Bengaluru APMC has constituted two flying squads of enforcement personnel to check on a daily basis the stock of essential commodities around the city.

ISKCON At Rajajinagar

ISKCON At Rajajinagar

Rajajinagar  is named after Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari, the first Indian Governor General of India.   This constituency has 7 wards.  The famous temple ICKSON is in this area.

ISKCON Temple :

Sri Radha Krishna Temple has  deities of Radha and Krishna at ISKCON Rajajinagar in North Bengaluru. It is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world.  The temple is a huge cultural complex that was inaugurated in 1997 by Shankar Dayal Sharma. The project was conceived and executed by Madhu Pandit Dasa.

Hare Krishna Hill is the hillock on which the  temple is situated. ISKCON Bangalore is a charitable society with the objective of propagating Krishna Consciousness as explained by Srila Prabhupada, whose teachings are based on Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.

His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada founded ISKCON in 1966, for preaching the message of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu: the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra.

In 1987, the society was operating from a rented house in Bengaluru.  In the year 1987, the leaders of the society applied to Bangalore Development Authority   for allotment of land to construct a grand temple and cultural complex. The land was allotted on August 3, 1988 – a seven-acre hillock, which was nothing but a huge piece of monolithic rock that could not be converted into sites. The BDA described it as “karaab land” (waste land). A temporary shed was constructed to set up a makeshift  temple and the deities of Sri Sri Krishna Balarama moved to this shed on the appearance day of Lord Balarama (September 1988).

The temple is known for celebrating festivals on a very grand scale attracting thousands of devotees.  Situated in the heart of Bangalore City, ISKCON temple is the most visited place attracting thousands of devotees daily

Meticulously clean surroundings, drinking water, hygienic washrooms, elevators for senior citizens and the specially-abled, adequate car parking, visible signboards, a variety of eatables, etc. are some of the well thought of amenities for  visitors.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an initiative of ISKCON Bangalore is principally involved in implementing the Mid-Day Meal programme to the children in Government and Government-aided schools.

 

 

Karnataka Haridasa Scientific Research Centre-Vijayanagar

Karnataka Haridasa Scientific Research Centre-Vijayanagar

 

Vijayanagar derives its name from the Vijayanagar Empire that flourished during the 15th and 16th  century in South India.  This constituency has 8 wards.   A well known landmark in this constituency is the KHSRC.

Karnataka Haridasa Scientific Research Centre

This is the culmination of the efforts of a group of dedicated individuals drawn from various walks of life for more than four decades.  This was founded by Professor Ranganath Bharadwaj, a leading economists, econometricians, methodologists, educationists, theatre persons in India.  The Centre has initiated innovative programs in fields such as Economics, Econometrics, Mathematics, Philosophy, Education, Astronomy to name a few.  The activities are anchored to the Structural School of Thought, an alternative methodology developed by Prof. Bharadwaj  in response to the deepening methodological crisis in sciences, including education and economics.  This approach makes one to view self, science and society in an integrated framework.

The programs of this centre are aimed at fusing science and spiritualism to enrich life.  “Vijnana Vaijayanthi” is the most important annual event.  The seminars conducted here are unique.  The studies conducted here have shown the methodology implied in the works of Haridasa and the Structural Method is congruent.  In view of this and after examining the result from all aspects, the sponsors of the Trust named it as “Karnataka Haridasa Scientific Research Centre”.

 

Jain Temple – Chickpet

Jain Temple – Chickpet

Chikpet is a shopping area in Bengaluru. ‘Chick’ means small and ‘pete’ means market.  In the 16th century Kempegowda establishing chickpete at the cross road of 4 important trade routes when he founded the city of Bengaluru.  During the time chickepte was called pete.  Chickpete is a crowded market  with a network of narrow streets.  It is the most sought after shopping are for the people of Bengaluru, a sit is a diverse market.  This constituency has 7 wards.  The famous Jain temple is in Chickpete..

 

 Shri Mahavira Digambara Jain temple

Jainism traditionally known as Jainadharma, is an Indian religion and philosophy originating in Ancient India. The Jains follow the teachings of the 24 Tirthankaras and Mahavira,  accepted as the founder of the faith, was the 24th and lived in the 6th century BCE. Jains have significantly influenced the religious, ethical, political and economic spheres in India for over two millennia. They are best described by the adage that “Business is in their blood. Peace is their badge.  The combination makes them an extraordinary community in India and so is their case in Bengaluru.  Of the 40 odd Jain temples in Bengaluru, Digambara – affiliated ones are fewer  than the  Svetambara – affiliated ones.  Digambara and Svethambara are the two living schools of the Jain community.  Digambara monks   do not wear clothes since they believe that clothes are like other possessions, increasing dependency and desire for material things, and desire for anything ultimately leads to sorrow. Svetambara monks and nuns wear white, seamless clothes for practical reasons and believe there is nothing in the Jain Agamas that condemns wearing clothes.

Shri Mahavira Digambara Jain temple is located in the Dewan’s lane of Chickpet area has an idol of Mahavira in the  Kayootsarga  posture. The temple constructed in 1878 has undergone many renovations. . But the entrance arch to the temple is intact . The idols of Parshva, Bahubali, Vimalanatha, Anantanatha and Brahma Yaksha  are seen in this temple. A guesthouse for pilgrims, Mahavira Bhavan, Ahimsa Derasar (House of non-violence) and a well equipped library containing the books on Jainism are part of the temple complex.

 

Masjid-e-bilal – Jayanagar

Masjid-e-bilal – Jayanagar

It is an affluent residential and commercial neighborhood in the Southern part of Bengaluru.   The foundation of Jayanagar was laid in the year 1949 and it was one of the firs well-planned neighborhoods in Bengaluru.  Jayanagar is known for its lush green spaces, well planned wide roads.  This constituency has 7 wards.  One of the famous lands-marks of this Constituency in recent years is the Masjid-e-Bilal mosque.

Masjid-e-Bilal:

Masjid-e-Bilal is a newly constructed mosque on Bannerghatta road – Bengaluru. When viewed from the sky, the beauty of this mosque magnifies and is a treat to the eyes. Everything here is grand and extraordinary. The mosque features simple but striking motifs of deep white and blue colours, highlighted with green lights after dawn

Masjid-e-Bilal (Bilal Mosque) is one of the largest mosques in Bengaluru. It was inaugurated in mid-2015. The Turkish-style ‘Masjid Eidgah Bilal’ on Bannerghatta road was consecrated on 11 June. The mosque sits on the corner of a traffic intersection on a popular thoroughfare of southern part of the city. Prestige Group developers undertook the construction which began in 2010 and was completed. At the time of construction JANAB ALHAJ HABEEB KHAN SAHEB was the president of this committee from 2004 to 2015. The mosque was constructed at a cost of Rs. 200,000,000 providing  space for 6,500 namazis to pray at a time. A considerable portion of the cost was contributed by the Prestige Group.

The four-storey mosque was constructed on a portion of the 1.45-acre Bilal Eidgah.

In 2015, Eid prayers were held in a mass congregation, with all the roads within a kilometer cordoned off by the local administration.  In 2016, a mass wedding was organized by Mr. Zafuralla, a philanthropist, and 25 to 30 weddings took place under the guidance of the imam.

People feel that once they enter the masjid, they forget that they are in namma Bengaluru.

Some feel that the masjid is a replica of the masjid which is at Istanbul, Turkey.

Vasantha Vallabharaya Swamy temple@ Vasanthapura-South Bengaluru

Vasantha Vallabharaya Swamy temple@ Vasanthapura-South Bengaluru

This is one of the largest  localities in Karnataka. This locality is known for the Industrial area and Bannerghatta forest.  With the rising population, the high-rise apartments and small villages were merged.  This constituency has 8 wards.  The Temple Vasantha Vallabha Raya Temple falls under Vasanthapura ward.

Vasantha Vallabha Raya Temple-Vasanthapura:

Vasantha Vallabha Raya Temple is one of the ancient temples located on a small hillock in Vasanthapura in Bengaluru South. This temple is 1,000 years old and was built by the Cholas. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vasantha Vallabha Raya Swamy (Lord Venkateshwara). The history of this temple is linked with the legend of Lord Venkateshwara at Tirumala, Tirupati. It is believed that Lord Venkateshwara stayed at this place for some time.

As per sthalapurana, Bengaluru in the old times was called kalyanpuri, and the residential community vasanthapura where the vasantha vallabha raya altar, “committed to Vishnu” is found, was a site amidst a wilderness where blessed sages reflected.

Searches related to the legend  connected with the sanctuary is that the pratisthapana was  by the sage Mandavya. Once, the sage Mandavya, who was in Badarikashrama in the Himalayas, chose to visit the sacred spots in South India, and set off toward Melkote. After a darshan of Cheluvanarayana, on his arrival venture, while contemplating, Vallabharayaswamy appeared to him in a fantasy, and let him know that he was dwelling in Kalyanapuri (now Vasantapura) in Bengaluru.  Mandavya as needs be went to Kalyanapura, and found a captivating idol of Vallabha. Having set up it as indicated by rituals.  While was living at  Guptagiri close-by,  Srinivasa Kalyana occurred on earth. Knowing about it simply after it had happened, Mandavya was exceptionally discouraged at having missed seeing it with his own particular eyes. God, understanding his profundity of feeling, appeared to Mandavya alongside his wifes Bhudevi, Neela Devi, and Vasantanayaki. Having come there, pleased by the magnificence of the spot, the divine beings showered in five lakes close-by, which thus turned out to be sacred and came to be known as Shankhatirtha, Chakratirtha, Plavatirtha, Devatirtha, and Vasantatirtha.   During 2010 the temple authorities made a new silver ratha (chariot), for being used to carry utsava murthi in procession on festive occasions.

While going round the temple the walls are fitted with stones carved with figures of elephants attractively. The shining metallic emblem of Mysore kings (Eagle, with two heads Gandaberunda) and statue of sage Mandavya are worth viewing.

In front of the Vasantha Vallabha Raya Temple, Vasanthapura there is a small temple dedicated to Lord Rama and Hanuman.  The two inclinely laid elephants attached on both sides of stair have tempting features for children to mount them.

The surrounding space of the temple continues to be beautiful.  The flower mendicants are found along the passage offering flowers for performing pooja.   A beautiful piece of history, heritage, as well as the Hindu religious tradition can be seen at Vasantha Vallabha Temple at Vasanthapura.

 

Kannada Sahithya Parishath-Chamarajpet

Kannada Sahithya Parishath-Chamarajpet

You will rarely spot a vathara – a cluster of houses with a common courtyard – in the Bengaluru of today that is awash with apartments unless you are in Chamarajpete.  The vatharas here have over time undergone a transformation, with one-storey tiled roof houses making way for match-box like buildings, but the central courtyards are still intact.  This ability to change but not beyond recognition is, arguably, the quintessential quality of Chamarajpete, the earliest planned locality of the city which completes 125 years.  Despite being the oldest locality in Bengaluru, the neighbour-hood still carries a sense of being a planned layout, a vision that has lasted over a century.  Chamarajpet, built in 1892, derived its name from the then Maharaja Chamarajendra Wadiyar and was originally named Chamarajendra Pete; later  shortened to Chamarajapete.  The area at one point in time was home to many luminaries, including Subodha Ramaravary. T.P.Kailasam, Honappa Bhagavatar, V.Seetharamaiah, M.R.Srinivasamurthy and Karpoora Srinivasarayaru.  The great engineer and Dewan of Mysore, Sir.M.Vishveshvaraiah also lived there for a while.   This constitutency has 7 wards and one of the iconic landmark of this Constituency is the Kannada Saahithya Parishath.

Kannada Saahithya Parishath (Kannada Literary Council)

Is am Indian non-profit organisation that promotes the Kannada language. Its headquarters is in the city of Bengaluru.  It strives to promote Kannada language through publishing books, organizing literary seminars and promoting research projects. It also organizes an annual conference on Kannada literature called Kannada Sahithya Sammelana (Kannada Literary Meet).

Linguistically, Kannadigas were scattered under the different rulers of Mysore, Bombay, Hyderabad and Kodagu during the British Raj. Hence the Kannada language was deeply influenced by other languages and there was no standard communicable Kannada language for all Kannadigas except dialects. A lot of disparity was found in the pronunciation of Kannada. To bring a standard communicable Kannada language for the people and the government, Karnataka’s autonomous cultural body, Karnataka Sahitya Parishat was established on May 5th 1915Later it was changed to Kannada Sahitya Parishat. 

The then Dewan of Mysore State Sir. M. Visveswaraya and the Maharaja of Mysore State, Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the State officials and scholars were instrumental in establishing this literary body to reform the Kannada language and to encourage writers to bring out more works in the language.

From  May 29th 1933, the Parishat was housed in its own building opposite the Akhila Karnataka Makkala Koota in Chamrajpet. The then Dewan of Mysore, Sir Mirza Ismail took keen interest in establishing the present Parishat building. The Parishat has a meeting hall, Sri Krishnaraja Parishat Mandira, in addition to the office building and the publishing department. It was built at a cost of about Rs 30,000. The majority of the cost of the building was borne by Mysore State and the rest came from private donations.

Since its inception, the Parishat has come a long way in the service of the Kannada language. Till now, the Parishat has held 68 state level conventions on Kannada literature. The Parishat has a full-fledged library, a section exclusively for Kannada research scholars. There is a museum where ancient historical exhibits like Panchaloha idols, coins, instruments used by folk singers, all donated by one Suryanarayana Chadaga, a philanthrophist, are displayed. Eminent scholars of the Kannada language like Dr Masthi Venkatesh Iyengar, Thirumale Thatacharya, Prof. A.N. Murthy Rao, Prof. G. Venkatasubbaiah, G. Narayana, Dr Hampa Nagarajaiah, Prof. G.S. Siddalingaiah and others have served as Presidents of the Parishat. The first President of the Parishat was H.V. NanjundaiahEven the Maharajas of Mysore – Narasimharaja Wodeyar, Jayachamaraja Wodeyar have served as honorary presidents.

During its existence, the Parishat has contributed to the growth of Kannada language by organizing conferences and debates, publication and release of books, organizing talks by eminent writers and also by holding the annual  Kannada Sahitya Sammelana..

When you are in and around Chamarajpete make it a point to visit this place as you might come across  rare books.

 

Madiwala Lake-BTM Layout

Madiwala Lake-BTM Layout

An abbreviation of Byrasandra, Thavarekere and Madiwala Layout is a neighbour-hood in South  Bengaluru.   This Constituency has 8 wards. Madiwala lake is one of the important landmark of BTM Layout.

 Madiwala Lake 

One never gets disappointed when they travel to see the beauty of the nature.  The Nature always makes you feel better and better at any time.  It gives hope and a feeling that one can stand alone whatever may happen…..

Bengaluru once used to have so many lakes but due to encroachment, the lakes have reduced slowly.  Madiwala lake is one such lake which is protected from being encroached.  It is situated in the BTM Layout.

Madiwala lake is one of the biggest lakes in Bengaluru spread over an area of 114.3 hectares.  The lake spreads over 270 acres with an island with bamboo bushes at the centre which attracts rare birds. A nice and calm place to spend some time on weekends or in the evenings with family.

It is said the lake was developed during the Chola period. As time passed, it became polluted with industrial waste. Thanks to the efforts of the Karnataka State Forest Department, the lake was cleaned and restored to its former glory in 2008. Citizens have also made efforts to preserve the lake. At a time when Bengaluru’s lakes are being threatened by encroachment and with horrific instances of lakes catching fire, it becomes the responsibility of citizens to ensure lakes like the Madiwala Lake are preserved.

The lake is well maintained, clean and neat. Entry fee is Rs.10/-for adults, Rs.5/- for kids.  Camera ticket is extra at Rs.100/- . You will be pleasantly surprised to find this beautiful large blue lake and  will be delighted  that the lake has boating.  There are 2 types of boats, one with self peddling which can accommodate 4 people and another is a big boat which can accommodate around 20-30 people. You have a whole paddle boat to yourself if you are not scared of waters and you can go on for any distance. You can ride towards the land in the middle of the lake. It is worth a visit on any day!   Boating is at Rs.50/- per person.  Boating can be difficult in the evenings with many people standing in queue.

Pay and Use toilets are present in the premises.  No plastic items are allowed inside.  Walking stretch is very long.  Benches are provided to take some rest and enjoy the beauty in leisure.  It is a good place to relax yourself and have a good time. Ice-cream and corns are available just outside the gate. Also you can see some fishes and feed them too.

You can spot many migratory birds. Painted storks, Indian cormorants, pond herons are found aplenty. The big birds like storks, cranes and ducks are present. There are a variety of migratory birds that flock to this lake: great cormorant, glossy ibis and lesser pied Kingfisher, to name a few. A board with the list of birds sighted at the lake is placed at the centre making bird watching exciting particularly for beginners.

A Nice place to spend weekend with family.

Freedom Park-Gandhinagar

Freedom Park-Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar is a busy neighbour-hood in central Bengaluru.  This constituency has 7 wards.  One of the known place in Gandhinagar is the Freedom Park.

Freedom Park is located in the Central Business District of Gandhinagar, city of Bengaluru. It was formerly the Central Jail.The most awaited park of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike, the Freedom Park, opened to the public in November 2008. This, over-20 acre park, built on the former Central Jail premises on Seshadri Road is mainly constructed for arranging rallies, dharnas and protests and, therefore, not affecting the flow of traffic on such occasions.

The design to convert a prison into a park was done by Soumitro Ghosh and Nisha Mathew Ghosh of Mathew & Ghosh Architects Pvt Limited, a husband and wife team. They were chosen after they won a nation-wide contest in 2003. The competition was initiated by the BBMP and the Bangalore Agenda Task Force. It is another unique & a very interesting park in Bangalore. This park is inspired by the Hyde Park and the Kensington park of London.  This is probably the 2nd jail to be showcased for tourists. The first being the cellular jail in Andamans. The Park, now a vital green lung space in fast-concretizing Bengaluru, has a long history to it. The plans for the park were finalized as early as 2002. The project was conceived in 2004 and the work started only in 2006.

This park has various parts. There are massive barracks which were used to keep common prisoners along with a VIP enclosure which was used to accommodate high profile prisoners. There is also a central tower which was used to observe the activities of the prisoners.

According to the Engineer-in-Chief, A K Gopalaswamy  “it is a masterpiece in itself. No one imagined that the Central Jail could get this makeover while retaining its historical significance.” The barracks and the hospital blocks are retained as heritage structures.  The Old Building of Central Jail has been preserved because of its historical significance.  The central tower and the prison’s entrance block are the other structures that have found their way into the park. The park has been categorized under six broad areas: general, museum and exhibition, contemporary art, retail, performance spaces and water features.

The park has more to it than just the rally area; it has a jogger’s track (3000 sq.m), children’s [;ay area (5200 sq.m), jail museum, information corridor gallery, book museuym, children’s interactive museum in the old cells yard, tree museum and an outdoor exhition park.  The Freedom Wall stretch of he old jail house a permanent multimedia art sculpture court, pathway junctions, designer souvenir shops, book shop, traditional craft stalls, 150-seater amphitheatre, 50-seater enclosed theatre space and an open plaza for gathering.  A water pool at main entrance and natural localized water percolation zones are visible only in the rainy season.  There is also a cafeteria as well as ample of parking space.

Originally a place which was used to prison those against British rule since 1857, Freedom Park sees many interested visitors. As symbol of freedom, it was inaugurated by Shri L.K.Advani, who, coincidentally about 31 years earlier had been imprisoned in the jail premises during the 1977 emergency imposed by Smt Indira Gandhi (the then Prime Minister of India). At that time, other political leaders like Shri AB Vajpayee, Shri Ramakrishna Hegde and Shri H D Deve Gowda were also imprisoned at the Freedom Park jail.

It also hosted the India Against Corruption (IAC) supported by Anna Hazare’s  indefinite fast for governmental action in the enactment of the Lok Pal Bill.

Must See Attractions at Freedom Park

The Jail Museum has some antique photos and has a great view of the whole Park.
The original Watch Tower and some of the Barracks have been left untouched and surprisingly have been designed in such a way that they blend very well with the park. The Hospital Block has been retained as heritage structure. The Children’s play area is a big boon to the kids of the area and is very popular even with the parents. A 300 seater Amphitheatre and the Musical Fountain are the other added attractions.

Overall Freedom Park is a very peaceful & beautiful park for reading, walking and relaxing. The Freedom Park is sure to become a major tourist attraction of Bengaluru in the years. It’s a must visit place at Bengaluru.