Swacha Graha Kalika Kendra – waste management park

Swacha Graha Kalika Kendra – Solid Waste Management Park at HSR Layout, Bengaluru.

The Swacha Graha Kalika Kendra a Solid Waste Management Park is opened in HSR Layout. The Swacha graha kalika Kendra is the first of its kind in India initiated by HSR citizens forum.

The Kendra is India’s first solid waste management park.  The park has been named as ‘Ananthanavana’ in memory of the late Union Minister Ananth Kumar.  The park will impart education on how to convert waste in 20 different ways.


The Mayor of Bengaluru Gangambike Mallikarjuna, Deputy Mayor Bhadre Gowda and Satish Reddy, local MLA were present during the opening ceremony.

SWMP – Swacha Graha Kalika Kendra

The Swacha Graha Kalika Kendra was inaugurated on 15th December 2018 at Sector 4 park.  The Kendra is present inside the BBMP’s HSR park.  The total area of the park is 1.5 acres.  The centre showcases aerobic composting, vermin composting, anaerobic composting and bio-gas.

Different ways to compost manure

The centre will have live demo of various composting solutions to meet the needs of individuals and bulk waste generators.  The centre will also show case various urban gardening models for terrace as well as kitchen gardening.

The solid waste managemetn park compost centre

The solid waste management park – Swacha Graha kalika Kendra includes models developed by Shudh-Labh, Stonesoup.in, soil and health and Quantumleaf.  The models developed by the Government like the Tumburmuzhy, a model which is popular in Alleppey, Kerala also known as Alleppey Bin.

Innovative designs at Swacha Graha Kalika Kendra:

The centre showcases Organic Terrace Gardening.  

There are a lot of interesting design elements in the centre.  There is  an arch made out of paint buckets, a worm made out of waste tyres.  

Innovative theme

Some painted doors that were found in construction waste, bamboo railings with posters and messaging, wind-chimes made from bottle caps. The store-room wall is made from up-cycled construction and debris waste, the roofing from tetra-packs.

Read more related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/bbmp/swachha-bengaluru-24×7-swm-centre/

Gottigere lake to shrink for road widening

Gottigere lake to shrink for road widening

Amid a huge protest against the encroachment of water bodies, the government has decided to shrink a part of the Gottigere lake on Bannerghatta road for the namma metro project.  This lake is said to be 500 years old.  This lake is an upstream lake of Hulimavu lake and Madiwala lake, which is spread on the eastern side of the Bannerghatta road.  It has suffered encroachments repeatedly and also the sewage water inflow has polluted and degraded the lake badly.

In a  meeting held between BBMP and BMRCL, it was decided to widen the Bannerghatta road by 10-15 feet.  The road runs on the boundary of the Gottigere lake. A part of the lake will be lost in the process.  A concrete wall will be constructed on the dried up portion of the lake.

According to an official it was easier to shrink lakes after the abolition of the Karnataka Lake Conservation of Development Authority (KLCDA) as KLDCA Act is also lost.

Locals and expert authorities in this field are not in favor of this idea as the lake was once home to migratory birds and needs to be restored.

The lake has already lost its identity, if shrunk further, nothing much will be left.

Read related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/blog/new-year-makeover-for-iblur-lake/

Jibran Munaver – Prosthetic eye maker, Cricketer and Chef

Jibran Munaver – Prosthetic eye maker, Cricketer and Chef

 Jibran at his new restaurant in BDA Complex, Banashankari 2nd Stage. Initially, he seemed friendly, creative and enterprising due to his unique idea of a vegetarian Lebanese restaurant – Foodizo Cafe – that has over 40 types of mocktails. There was something more special with his talents and skills.
   Following the advice of his uncle who is a famous eye surgeon, Jibran trained at the International Prosthetic Center in Hyderabad. He now makes medically approved eye prosthesis that he handcrafts with acrylic at his clinic in HSR Layout. There are less than a hundred people in India and just three in Bangalore including Jibran who make these optic prostheses.
   He has helped over 5,000 people in Bangalore to look normal again after losing an eye due to accidents or medical problems. With the help of these acrylic eyes, optically challenged people are able to socialize again with confidence. Jibran was formerly working at Narayana Netralaya and he now consults at Manipal Hospital at Salem, Manipal University and many hospitals in Bangalore. Most of the prosthetic implant surgeries are performed at Jibran Prosthetic Eye Center which is also known as De Cure Center.
   Jibran helps many people from the background and is a gem to our city. He is also a good cook and often experiments on recipes to add to his cafe. He is also a Karnataka state level sportsman who plays cricket professionally as an all-rounder.
Blog by: Ananthsimha M.A.
Ananthsimha M.A.  along with Jibran Munaver


Bommanahalli is a locality in Bengaluru and one of the zones of BBMP. It is located adjacent to Hosur Road National Highway 7 and is proximate to the IT hub Electronics City. This constituency has 8 wards. Bommanahalli  has a famous temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha.  The temple is located close to the Madivala overbridge. From madivala one can take the over-bridge and then drive down the Electronic City elevated express way where there is a ‘U’turn. From there take the service road and after about 500 meters one would see the temple.

Sri Hari Vaikunta Kshetra: 

Sri Hari Vaikunta Kshetra is a famous Narasimha Swamy temple in Bengaluru.  This temple has 400 years old Narasimha Meru which is no where to be seen in India.  “Narasimha  Meru” is a chakra made for Lord Narasimha Swamy.  It is a chakra in a hill shape.  It has all the Bejakshara (Mantras) related to Lord Narasimha Swmay.   This meru has “Adhi Kuurma, Adhi Varaha, Adhi Vasuki and Adhi Manduka” inside the meru as if they are carrying the meru   At the bottom, one can see “chethur Dwara, 3 kankana above these all Bejakshara’s, with Dwadashakshra and Astakshara required for Lord Narasimha Swamy is written on the petals throughout the hill shape charka.  At the top of the charka one can see “Shreekara and Omkara”.

It is a very powerful and very rarely found chakra.  Offering poojas with Toor Dal to this meru will clear kuja dosha and many problems like infertility, financial problem, delay in marriage etc.

Lord Vishnu took Narasimha avathara in Vaishaka Masa on Swathi Nakshatra day to kill demon king Hiranya Kasipu, so Narasimha swamy nakshatra is Swathi nakshatra.  Hence on every month special pooja’s will be offered to the God on Swathi nakshatra day.   Devotees far and wide flock this temple especially on Tuesdays and Saturdays, considered auspicious days.   This is the only temple in Karnataka where Swati Nakshatra, auspicious day for Lord Narasimha is celebrated with great  fervour. The ceremonies include Abhishekam ,Sudarshana Narasimha Pooja,  Satyanarayana Pooja , Ratha Prakarotsava followed by Mangalarathi and Annadanam (Lunch).

Here Narasimha Swmay is sitting between Adi Lakshmi, Santhana Lakshmi, Gaja Lakshmi, Dhana Lakshmi, Dhanya Lakshmi, Vijaya Lakshmi, Veera Lakshmi and Aishwarya Lakshmi (Asta Lakshmi’s).

Namakarana and Anna prasana to children here will keep them away from fear and the deity  will safe guard them forever with his blessings.  Children having Anna Prasana here will never find difficulty for food through-out their life.  There is a belief that getting married in Asta Lakshmi Sametha Narasimha Swamy Sannidhi will bring peace and prosperity in their life.

In view of protecting the “Panchaloha Meru”, the authorities at the temple decided to make a krishnahila of the meru and succeeded after facing many hiccups.  The krishnahila Meru is an imprint of the “Panchaloha Meru” in huge size.  The Panchaloha meru is kept inside the krishnahila Meru along with 108 saligrama’s, Sudarshana Chakra, Sri Chakra and Navaratna’s.   Abhishekam is done only on amavasya day to this Meru to benefit the devotees suffering from financial problems, kuja dosha, problems in work place etc

Karnataka Elections 2018

Karnataka state’s urban electorate has not shown consistent preference for a single party in last 2 decades.  The challenge for the  Congress is to win over urban voters and for the BJP, it is vice-versa.  The battle is a keenly contested one with the congress trying to retain power.

South Karnataka has been the fortress of Congress. Rural & urban divide will affect the results.  Congress has a strong foothold in maximum constituencies.  Although the Congress in the State is a competition to BJP, their central leadership may hurt them.   A loss will rob Congress of one of two major states which is still in their kitty. Lack of coordination between government and party in popularising the government’s welfare schemes and Corruption charges against senior ministers are the major drawbacks.

BJP has always been weak in South Karnataka.  It has never been a dominant party in Karnataka like the Congress, which has a significant presence in every district. BJP has doubled down on divisive Hindutva and coarsened the political discourse.  This does not work in Karnataka which is a liberal, peace loving State.  BJP wants to continue its victory run motivated by the recent election results of Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh in Karnataka too.  Communal polarization factor may be a game-changer in the State.  Karnataka is the only State in South which has had a BJP Government.  BJP is going all guns blazing to take another State from the Congress to make India ‘Congress mukth Bharath’.

Even as the Congress & BJP are fighting it out to snatch victory in the impending high-prestige Assembly election in Karnataka, there is a 3rd force JD(S) which could play a crucial role in the event of a hung assembly.  As for JD(S), its strength is now confined to a few district of Kaveri basin.  It has been pursuing new political partnerships to try and strengthen its position in weak constituencies.  JD(S) has also  been part of previous attempts by regional parties across States to put up a “Third Front” as an alternative to the two national parties.  The JD(S) is not realistically in a position to achieve a simple majority on its own as it has lost ground in recent years.

It would be an extremely tough call to take as to who would win this bastion.  All the major parties have problems galore.  The manner in which internal rifts would be sorted out will be very crucial to the chances of both major parties.  Interestingly, the State has shown a trend of replacing the ruling party after 5 years. However, the voting patterns have always been influenced by caste and community considerations in Karnataka. And, often Karnataka has voted much against the “expected lines”.