Bytarayanapura is a suburb of Bengaluru city. It has famous educational institutions like Sharada Vidya Peeta, Welight Academy of Education, Vibgyor Institutions, National Public School and many more. This constituency has 7 wards. The famous landmark of this constituency is the Gali Anjaneya Temple.
Gali Anjaneya Temple:
Saint Sri Vyasaraya of Channapattana, a great philosopher and devotee to Lord Anjaneya has built around 732 temples for Lord Anjaneya (Hanuman). It is believed that Sri Vyasaraya established this temple in the year 1425 at the convergence of two rivers – Vrishabhavathi and Paschimavahini (at present only industrial waste is flowing making Vrishabhavathi seem more similar to drain rather than river). It is that since Anjaneya (Hanuman) is son of Vayu, the wind God therefore the name Gali Anjaneya.
Today this open temple had developed to be a big temple in the extremely congested area Byatarayanapura in Bengaluru – Mysore Road.
The statue of the Lord faces the devotees and hence a lot of them come here to seek his blessings. Gali Anjaneya temple has a tall tower and the God here is facing west. The deity is always smeared with the sacred saffron paste, considered to be favourite of Hanuman, the same along with a sacred thread is given to the devotees to get rid of their problems and obstacles in life as prasadam. The tail of Lord here has a bell tied to it at the end, indicating the signature style of Sri Vyasaraja. The statue of the Lord also has a moustache, which makes him look all the more manly. The left hand rests on the waist while the right hand is in the blessing posture. Another uniqueness of the statue here is that the Lord Hanuman is in the calm stature.
It is a big challenge to get inside the temple during the peak hours on Saturdays with a long queue of devotees reaching the end of the main road. However, during the other days, it is easy to catch the glimpse of the Lord here. The celebration of car festival takes place once in a year and it has been followed for the last 120 years. Lot of devotees visit the temple during the festivities. There are shrines of Lord Venugopalaswamy, Lord Rama, Lord Ganapathi and Navagraha inside the temple complex. It is said that a lot of politicians visit this temple to offer prayers and to get the blessings of the God for their success in their areas of work and the Lord here is known for curing ailments in children.
So, why wait more, when we have a chance? Why not plan one of your days over this week to seek the blessings from our deity Gali Anjaneya!