Posts Tagged ‘Bangalore’

Marriage Terms Before Shiva Omkareswara Madikeri

In Hinduism, Travel on May 21, 2014 at 18:10

There is a Temple dedicated Lord Shiva in the form of Onkareswara, in Madikere ,Mercara(Madikeri) in Karnataka.


Located 267 km from Bangalore Madikeri is a place of scenic beauty and Nature’s splendor, yet to be unspoiled.


Omkareswara temple,Madikeri, Karnataka.Image'jpg.

Omkareswara temple,Madikeri, Karnataka. Image Credit. http://karnatakatravelogue.blogspot.in/


The small town has interesting locales, Raja’s Seat,Old Fort , where the Government offices are houses now, Nisargadama, a wild life sanctuary, 3 km off Madikeri on the Madikeri Mysore Highway ,Dubare Forest(48 km from Madikeri) Abbi Falls(9 km),Talacauvery(the origin of River Cauvery and Bhaga Mandala(4 km)


In Madikeri the Onkareswara temple is situated.


A small shrine, more influenced by Kerala Architecture( Bhaga Mandala also has the same pattern) is in the center of the town.


The temple has no separate Sannidhi for Ambal.


What is more interesting  is the fact that parents of the bride and  the bride groom, on the day of betrothal, declare the terms of marriage, accompanied

by their relatives(!) state openly the terms for the marriage including the Monetary ones, before Lord Onkareswara , have the blessings of Lord Shiva.


I understand that this the custom among the Kodava Community, who are ardent worshipers of Shiva.


The temple is very clean and has a beautiful tank.


It is open from 7 am 12 and between 4 and 8 pm.


It is just a km from Bus station , Madikere.


Madikere can be reached from Bangalore by Bus(267 km), Mysore 9210 km)




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Bomb Blast in Chennai Helplines

In India, News on May 1, 2014 at 18:36

There has been a Bomb Blast in Central Station ,Chennai,India to-day in the  Guwahati Bangalore Express.



Chennai: 044-25357398 

Bangalore: 08022356409, 08022156553 

Railway control number: 08022876288 , 044-25357398, for inquiries.


Two Bombs were blasted in Chennai

Twin Bomb Blast in Chennai

 “One passenger died and nine others were injured in a bomb blast at an express train stationed at the Chennai Central station on Thursday.

The blast took place at around 7.30am on the Guwahati-Bangalore Express.

Police identified the dead as Swathi, 22, from Guntur.

The condition of a few passengers is serious. Investigators who visited the spot said it appeared to have been two explosions, below seat number 70 of S4 compartment and seat number 30 of S5 compartment.

Southern Railway general manager Rakesh Mishra said the blasts appeared to be of low intensity. He confirmed that Swathi, 22, a passenger to Guntur died in the blast.

“Two other passengers are grievously injured and seven suffered relatively lesser injuries. All other trains are on schedule. The affected train will resume its journey in an hour, after the police give the clearance.
The train had reached the Chennai Central railway station at 7.05am at Platform No 9 and some passengers had got down from the train. Few others going further towards Guwahati stayed back in the train which was to leave the station at 7.50am.”


News Source.


Times of India.


Zee News


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7000 Years Old Temple In Bangalore

In Hinduism on April 29, 2014 at 11:58

Many associate Bangalore as an IT hub and a city founded by Kempe Gowda.


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Other researches say it is ,


An inscription, dating back to 890 AD, shows Bengaluru is over 1,000 years old. But it stands neglected at the Parvathi Nageshwara Temple in Begur near the city … written inhale Kannada (old Kannada) of the 9th Century, the epigraph refers to a Bengaluru war in 890 AD in which Buttanachetty, a servant of Nagatta, died.”


But the fact, according to latest reports is that Bangalore is at least 7000 years Old!


ancient nandeeshwara temple at malleswaram 17th cross was discovered only three years ago, but it has stood for 7,000 years on that spot. being buried over the years hasn’t diminished its aura at all. it still draws huge crowds all day. 

According to residents living nearby, the temple was completely buried and the land above it was a flat stretch. “three years ago, a politician tried to sell this plot. but people objected on the grounds that the land should first be dug through to see if they could find something,” says the priest, ravi shankar bhatt. and so when they started digging up the land, they found buried underneath, this temple. it was in perfect condition, preserved by the thick layers of soil. 
this underground temple was enclosed within a stone cut courtyard supported by ancient stone pillars. at the far end of the courtyard, a nandi was carved out of a black stone with eyes painted in gold. from its mouth a clear stream of water flowed directly on to a shivalinga made out of the same black stone at a lower level. there were steps that led to a small pool in the centre of the courtyard where the water flowed and collected. the pool’s centre had a 15 feet deep whirlpool. 
everything remains the same today. nobody knows where the water comes from and how it passes from the mouth of the nandi idol on to the shivalinga. nobody knows how the whirlpool came into being. the source of water, the sculptor, even the time when it was built remains a mystery. 
“there has been no scientific explanation for the source of water till date,” says resident shivalingaiah. “some say it was built by shivaji maharaj. some say it’s older. but of one thing we were sure, the temple has remained untouched over the years. we found it exactly as it might have been before it was covered by soil,” he adds. “



7000  year old Temple in Bangalore



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Vidura’s Tree Near Bangalore His Last Days

In Hinduism on March 22, 2014 at 09:56

Vidura was the illegitimate brother of Dhirtharashtra and Pandu.

He was an expert in Archery, Dhanur Vidya.

Vidureswara temple

Viduresvarnatha Temple,Gauribidanur.


Naga Idols, Vidureswaranatha temple

Naga Idols for Begetting Children,Vidureswar Temple,


Lord Krishna was so impressed with his Archery, he made sure, when he visited Duryodhan to negotiate peace before the onset of the Mahabharata War,he made sure that Duryodhan insulted Vidura, as a result Vidura did not take part n the Battle .


Vidura was also known for his Righteousness and moral judgment,


While every one kept quiet when Draupadi was being stripped in the open court of Duryodhan,he was the lone figure to condemn the act,even Bhishma kept quiet on this occasion.


His Vidura Needi, dealing with Dharma, Righteousness is a standard text.


Vidura had been on pilgrimage and he planted an Aswatha tree, near Bangalore, India.


The name Vidurashwatha is derived from that of a big Ashwatha (Ficus religiosa) tree is  in this village


According to a legend of the times of Mahabharata, this tree was planted by Vidura, a courtier in the kingdom of Dhritarashtra; and hence the name Vidurashwatha.[1]


Unfortunately, in 2001, this ancient tree fell to the ground.


Vidurashwatha (Kannada:ವಿದುರಾಶ್ವತ್ಥ) is a small village is in the Gauribidanur taluk of Chikkaballapur district in the state of Karnataka, India. Situated near the Karnataka – Andhra Pradesh border and about 6 km from Gauribidanur, it had a major role to play in the freedom movement of India.


Vidurashwatha is known as the Jallianwala Bagh of the South.[1] On April 25, 1938, as a part of the freedom struggle of India, a group of villagers had congregated in a ground to organise a Satyagraha. Similar to what happened at Jallianwala Bagh, police fired indiscriminately at the group resulting in the death of 10 people. A memorial has been erected in this location bearing the names of those who lost their lives in this incident.[3]


There is also Naga Devatha Temple which is as old as the tree, here people do the prathishtapana of the naga god, to fulfil their desires, like having child, do better in business etc., the pooja here is done to alleviate all problems concerned with Naga dosha.


Vidura settled, after his misunderstanding with Duryodhan, Vidur Kuti , about 58 km from Kadarpur Nanu,Bijnaur district in the state of Western Uttar Pradesh, India.

He spent his last days here.


Lord Krishna visited this place.


Kanva Ashram is an ashram in a broken condition near Rawli town according to the legend “Abhigyan Shakuntalam”. Hastinapur’s King Dushyant reached there while hunting and fell in love with Shakuntala at first sight. During Mahabharat when the battle between Kauravas and Pandavas was about to begin, then on the request of both the sides, all wives and children were to be guardianed by Mahatma Vidur. He had insufficient space for them so he found an area for ladies and children, which is now known as Daranagar.







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Talent On Show Chithrakala Parishad

In India on March 11, 2014 at 09:29

I visited an Art Exhibition at The Chithrakala Parishad,Bangalore.

I generally avoid them because , in most cases, these are shows where people with very minimal talent trying to get exposure on the only qualifications they have ,Money and Influence.

This impression is because of my visit to some Arangetrams of Dance programmes.

I was proved wrong.

What was on display was a Collection of Paintings , belonging to various Genre,Pencil,Charcoal, Water Colors, Oil Painting.

Though not a connoisseur of Arts, I enjoy if some thing looks good.

Another interesting feature of this show is the fact that most of them are Amateurs, women with a Family to take are.

Lalith Kala Parishad,Exhibit

Art on display,Bangalore.


Shiva Painting

Chitrakala Parishad show.

Art Show.

Exhibit Bangalore

Corridor 3D

There was one pencil sketch of a child, which was vibrant with Life.

I shall try to get the image from the owner and post

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