Whitefield Kadugodi Bangalore Built By Chola 1043


History of Bangalore is quite old.

General conception i that Kempe Gowda established Bangalore around 1537 CE.

‘A succession of South Indian dynasties, the Western Gangas, the Cholas and the Hoysalas, ruled the present region of Bangalore until in 1537 CE, Kempé Gowdā – a feudal ruler under the Vijayanagara Empire – established a mud fort considered to be the foundation of modern Bangalore.’

Yet we find a 7000 year old Temple in Malleshwaram and another Someshwara Temple in Madivala,Bangalore.

Bangalore, hence, must be older than what is believed.

The Western Ganga Dynasty, called Mel(west) Gangar find reference in Tamil literature  of the period of Rajaraja Chola, who built the Thanjavur Big Temple in Tamil Nadu and Rajendra Chola, his son who built the Gangai Konda Cholapuram, Tamil Nadu.

Western Ganga dynasty ruled Karnataka and  lasted from about 350 to 1000 AD.

Later came the Cholas and Hoysalas.

However my research indicates Karnataka  to be much older, considering that Lord Rama’s brother in Law Rishyasrunga lived in Sringeri.

And there are references to Karnataka region in ancient Tamil literature.

I shall be writing on this shortly.

While going through Indian History from Indian sources, including the Purana and Tamil Literature( I unfortunately know only Tamil and Sanskrit;wish I have learnt more Indian languages), a curious fact emerges.

Though King fought for supremacy with each other, common people remained close together, except during wars.

There were marriages between people regions belonging to different regions.

The Kings to married from other dynasties.

Rajendra helped his nephew Rajaraja defeat Vijayaditya. His armies defeated Vijayadiya in Vengi and Jayasimha in the battle of Maski.

The village Kadugodi, Whitefield was built during the period of Rajendra Chola.

‘Kadugodi (ಕಾಡುಗೋಡಿ IPA: [Kāḍugōḍi]), known as Kadugudi was founded by the great Cholas Dynasty. It is located in Whitefield, Bangalore in the state of Karnataka. Kadugodi comes from “kadu” & “Gudi” meaning “temple in a forest” in Kannada.’

Also the  ‘KaShivishwanatha Temple (Built in the period of Cholas Dynasty) recently it has been re constructed. 2. Sree RamanjanEya temple (one of the oldest temple) 3. Shiva temple (another Oldest temple)’

Cholas Dynasty’s Inscriptions dating from 1043AD exists in Kadugodi, from the period of Rajendra Chola I, which describes the construction of the Pattanduru Lake, and Ganesh, Durga and Kshetrapaala temples by Chola chieftain Raja Raja Velan son of Permadi Gavunda.

Reference and citations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kadugodi#Arts_and_Inscriptions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangalore

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajendra_Chola_I#Chalukyan_conflict

 

800 Year Shiva Temple By Chola Silk Board Bangalore


Bharatavarsha was and is One,

Due to misinformation and doctored history, we feel we belong to different states.

The Sanatana Dharma culture permeated the whole Fabric of India.

Yes.

We did and do speak different languages but we are one as a Bharatvanshi, united by our common culture.

Someswara temple in Madivala Bangalore

Someswara Temple,Old Madiwala,Bangalore. The temple is said to be a Chola period structure, making it one among Bangalore’s oldest. The earliest record dates to 1247 AD.source.By Eshwar.om at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42152193

One can find evidence of this if one observes the practices followed in each state of India.

I have written about a 7000 year old Shiva Temple in Malleswaram, Bangalore.

We have one more Shiva temple which is 800 years old.

Tamil inscription in Shiva temple bangalore

Tamil Inscriptions of the Madiwala Someshwara Temple, Bangalore .source.By Rice, Benjamin Lewis – https://archive.org/details/epigraphiacarnat09myso, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42149202

It was built by a Chola King and the. Someswara Temple,Central Silk Board, Madivala , as Tamil inscriptions.

English translation of Tamil inscription in shiva Temple Bangalore

English Translations of the Tamil Inscriptions of the Madiwala Someshwara Temple, Bangalore.Source.By Rice, Benjamin Lewis – https://archive.org/details/epigraphiacarnat09myso, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42149200

‘Non-Bangaloreans perhaps conjure up images of silk when they hear these words. Almost certainly, an 800-year-old temple is not what you would associate with that bustling junction… which makes the Someshwara temple one of IT city’s best kept secrets.

The temple is in old Madivala, a place where shops and houses open out onto narrow lanes that twist this way and that, and where children still play cricket in the bylanes. And while traffic-induced chaos reigns supreme at the Silk Board junction, peace and quiet hold sway at the Someswhara temple a mere kilometre away.

The stone temple is said to be a Chola period temple, making it one among Bangalore’s oldest. And there is ample proof of its antiquity. Large portions of its outer walls are covered with inscriptions in Tamil and Grantha (an old script used to write Sanskrit) characters, attesting to the temple’s age. The earliest record dates to 1247 AD and refers to lands donated “below the big tank of Vengalur” by a resident of ‘Veppur’ (modern-day Begur). Other inscriptions seem to have followed in quick succession, recording grants made during the reigns of Hoysala king Ballala III and Chola king Rajendra. One record, from 1365, mentions a land grant at Tamaraikkirai (meaning ‘the banks of the lotus pond’ in Tamil). Epigraphy expert H S Gopala Rao, Secretary of the Karnataka Itihasa Academy, points out that this is the old name for what we today know as Tavarekere.

Apart from its obvious age, the Madivala area may have much else to boast about. Gopala Rao mentions how inscriptions have been found elsewhere in Bangalore which suggest that the illustrious Krishnadevaraya, the most famous king of the Vijayanagar empire, himself spent some time in Madivala.

Today, though, there are no trappings of royalty, either in Madivala or in the Someshwara temple. The temple underwent extensive renovations five years ago, but as Gopala Rao says, fortunately, the inscriptions were largely unharmed. The temple’s outer walls that carry the inscriptions and also idols of various gods including Ganesha, Durga and Vishnu, remain unaltered.

Inside, apart from shiny new flooring, the garba griha and artha mantapa were untouched. These inner chambers still remain small and darkened spaces that encourage a personal and intimate communion with the Lord.

Apart from four carved pillars, the artha mantapa has a large and elegantly proportioned granite Nandi facing the linga. Behind the Nandi, the eastern wall of the temple has a small opening that is directly in line with the linga.

In the days before Madivala was engulfed in buildings, the sun’s rays entered through this small opening to illuminate the linga. According to the priest, K Achyuta Rao, the temple’s deity is a Swayambhu linga, i.e., it is said to have manifested itself without any human agency.

This refreshingly quiet and serene temple remains open for worship from 7:30 to 11:00 in the mornings and from 5:30 to 8:30 in the evenings. ‘

‘The Someshware temple at Madivala is one of Bangalore’s oldest, dating back to the Chola period. There are a number of Tamil and Grantha inscriptions on the outer walls of the temple. The oldest of these inscriptions dates to 1247 AD talks about a land grants “below the big tank of Vengalur” by a Veppur (modern Begur) resident. Other inscriptions also talk about other land grants including those done during the reigns of Ballala III and Rajendra Chola. Another instrciption dated 1365 talks about land grand at Tamaraikkirai (which translates to ‘lotus pond bank’ in Tamil, and according to HS Gopala Rao, Secretary of the Karnataka Itihasa Academy refers to the present day Tavarekere suburb

Old Madiwala Sri Someshwara Temple located in Bangalore city (also Bengaluru) is dedicated to the deity Someshwara (the Hindu god Shiva). It is one among the oldest temples in the city and dates back to the Chola Empire period.The temple belongs to the early 12th century.(1247 AD).

The temple houses a “Swayambu” Shiva lingam in it Sanctum Sanctorum (Shiva lingam formed by natural Rock Formation). But unlike other ancient temples in Bangalore, this temple is in good shape and cared well by people around. This shows the real strength people have in protecting our heritage without outside help. It is very powerful and Ancienttemple.

Source and citations.

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/14855/ancient-temple-bustling-junction.html

Image and wiki citation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Madiwala_Someshwara_Temple,_Bangalore

 

Thousands Of Shiva Lingas In Sirsi Karnataka Riverbed


The presence of Shiva and Shiva Lingas in the South in significant and the worship of Shiva is more prevalent than in the north.

This has made me search for the early worship of Shiva in the South, which precede even the Sanatana Dharma of the North.

Please read my post on Pre Sanatana Dharma Shiva.

Not only this.

Shivalingas in Shalmala River.jpg Shivalingas in Shalmala River.

The spread of Sanatana Dharma to South East Asia was led by Subrahmanya(Murugan) and to the West of India by Shiva and His son Ganesha.

This is proved by the presence of Shiva, Ganesha in the west and Murugan and Shiva in the East.

All from Bharatavarsha.

Now an interesting questions arise .

Shiva Lingas, nandi in Riverbed.jpg Shiva Lingas, Nandi in Riverbed.

Were Ganesha, Murugan and Shiva Human Beings’ later elevated to Godhood?

or were they Aliens who came down to the Earth?

Considering the fact that the Vedas advocate formless worship and the development of Thoughts on God only as a means of Self Realization,the Reality Brahman being an abstract principle, there is scope for more research on this subject.

There are also reports, very credible of course, of underground tunnels in various parts of the world, all interlinked.

The common factor is the Kailash Mountain, the Abode of Lord Shiva.

I shall be writing with research papers on this subject.

In the mean while there is a report of thousands of Shiva Lingas being found in the Shalmala Riverbed in Karnataka.

This came to light when the riverbed dried up because of dry weather.

Siva Lingas in Shalmala Riverbed,Karnataka, India. Siva Lingas in Shalmala Riverbed,Karnataka, India.

Recently, due to dry weather, the water level of the Shalmala river in Karnataka receded, revealing the presence of thousands of Shiva Lingas carved throughout the river bed. Because of these uncountable carvings, the place gets the name “Sahasralinga” (thousand Shiva Lingas).

Sahasralinga has become an important pilgrimage place. On the auspicious day of Mahashivaratri thousands of pilgrims visit Sahasralinga to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. Each Lingam in the river has a matching carving of Nandi (the Bull mountTh of Lord Shiva) facing it.

Shiva Lingas have been worshipped by Hindus for thousands of years. It represents divine power and energy. The worship of Shiva Linga was not confined to India only. Carvings of Shiva Lingas can be found throughout the world in nearly every ancient civilization.

Sahasralinga is a most beautiful place. It is located near Sirsi, in the state of Karnataka. It is on the way to Yellapur from Sirsi, around 17 kms from Sirsi. After Bhairumbe you will have to get down at a bus-stop called Hul Gol bus-stop and walk towards Hul Gol. From the main road it is a distance of around 2 kms.

I am investigting the possible likns between these Sahasralingas and the Valley of Shiva Lingas in Kbal Spean ,Cambodia.

http://zonnews.com/discovery/931-dry-weather-reveals-amazing-river-with-thousands-of-shiva-lingas.html

https://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/valley-of-shiva-lingas-kbal-spean-cambodia/

Siddhas In Karnataka Bangalore Prehistoric Writings Images


The general information about the Siddhas are very limited.

Even here, there is a misconception that the Siddhas are Tamils and their presence is limited to Tamil  Nadu.

When Siddhas can transcend Time and Space, a Country is nothing for them.

There are Siddha sites in Karnataka, that too near Bangalore.

Siddhara Betta, Siddhas' Hills, near Bangalore.jpg Siddhara Betta, Siddhas’ Hills, near Bangalore

There are prehistoric sites.

Siddha lokasAshram.jpg On one of the hills surrounding Siddhaloka is a massive pattern (about 30 metres, or 90 feet high) etched naturally on the rocks. If you observe carefully, it appears as a picture of the goddess Durga or Shakti, mounted on a lion, crown on head, arm raised with sword in hand.

Siddhaloka is described as the world inhabited by Siddhas, the Perfected Ones. An Ashram (hermitage) of this name is situated about 40 km from Bangalore in Southern India. This is the seat of the Siddha Yoga Dham, a registered charitable institution whose spiritual head is Param Poojya (His Holiness) Swami Chetanananda Saraswati, who belongs to the ancient lineage of Siddha Gurus.

Siddhaloka is a place full of splendour and serenity. The ashram is surrounded by hills and forests, with a breathtaking view, and is in the heart of rural Karnataka. The place is blessed by Siddhas and is an ocean of Siddha Shakti (divine power). There is no pollution of any form. One is inspired to remain indrawn and experience the natural meditative state..

Siddha Lokam near Bangalore.jpg, The cave derives its name from the peculiar picture-script found on its walls, which have been estimated by experts to date back to prehistoric times. The script is referred to as Shankha or ‘Conch-shell’ script. The actual height of the picture shown here is about four metres…

Siddhara Betta, Siddhars Mountain.

Siddhara Betta, around 12 Kms away from Koratagere in Tumkur district,

Tumkur can be reached by Train, Buses from Bangalore.

Airport.Bangalore.

From here, we climbed back on to the path where visitors walked and soon we were back in contact with the people moving all over the place. We then, moving ahead, reached the spot which is the destination of tourists and religious seekers. This is the main location of the Siddheshwara Temple and the healing waters. This also had entrance to large number of caves in which many yogis did their sadhana for years together. We were told to take a guide with us or there was a possibility of missing important places or literally getting lost in the caves. What is told to be caves is nothing but the spaces between these incredibly huge rocks but as one proceeds deeper into the space it gets darker and there was multiple twists and turns that one could keep wandering. We did not know whom to ask but as we moved ahead a man came walking along with us and spoke in Kannada stating that he would show us around. i was told earlier before coming to this place that a guide is a must to navigate in these caves or one could get lost or one could miss out the main spots needed to be seen. They charge between Rs.100/- and 200/-
 
The entrance to the holy temple and caves had crystal clear water flowing as though it was meant to wash the feet of those who went it. The water on this hill is very pure and is known for its medicinal properties full of healthy vital natural elements in it and also spiritually vibrant. The guide took us first to a dark space filled with lot of people and there seemed to be an arati going on. Reaching close to it, we found that this was the temple. There were no electric lights and the only visibility was a gas lamp lit in front of the big Shiva Linga. People made different offerings here and the priest was doing arati and puja for the devotees. In front of the Shiva Linga was a small natural water tank in stones which was filled with the holy waters. The guide told us that the Siddhas used water from here for worship. There were few very ancient idols also there, the most prominent being Lord Ganesha’s. Then, the guide took us through a narrow dark passage. We had carried our torches and that came very handy here along with the torch of the guide. Everything from here was dark inside. He moved through various narrow spaces that needed climbing, sliding, crawling on knees, have steep navigations that required careful and slow maneuvering. He helped us navigate through these spaces, sometimes himself demonstrating techniques on foot placement and shifting body weight to narrow down into steep rock spaces. By now it was evident that there is no way one can come here without a guide for there are so many passages that one can literally get lost. We were the only four of us (physically) in that location at that time.
 
He stopped at certain locations to show us the well-known spots that some Siddhas did their tapas for years. He also showed us a space where there was a natural stream of water filled in a space from where the Yogis drew and used water. He then took us to one remote cave around which a wall was built with a door and two windows and it looked like a room, but it was actually the entrance to a cave, where even today a Siddha lives. The door was locked and outside was carved “Marul Siddheshwar Mutt” which means ashram. There was another such kind of cave with a door a little ahead. i asked the guide where was the Yogi and he said that during the day he goes away some unknown place during the day because of the disturbance of people there flocking for favours and comes back only in the night to meditate there. Moving further, he showed us more spaces and seats of Yogis. He added that even meditators come and sometimes use this place for their meditation. We asked if anyone can sit to which he said anyone can, but rarely does anyone use it.
Citations.

http://www.siddha-loka.org/ashram.html

http://www.divinetravel.info/2012/04/siddharbetta-hill-of-siddhas.html

Hanuman Sheds Tears Bangalore, Govt. Blocks The Only Video


There was a comment for my Post Hanuman sheds Tears, Real Life Story in Facebook that the Idol of Lord Hanuman at Banswadi, a suburb of Bangalore sheds tears on Hanuman Jayanthi Day.

I sought information from the writer.

Anjaneya Bangalore.jpg

Hanuman, Banswadi, Bangalore.

No sooner than I posted the reply, I realised that I could Google for the information.

I did just that.

For the web search term ‘hanuman tears banaswadi’, I could get information.

This included the one from Bangalore Tourism .

I am providing the excerpt from the site.

But for Video search, the search returned with the only Video.

The catch is that the Video has been blocked by the Government Of India!

This is the search result.

https://www.google.co.in/search?q=hanuman+tears+banaswadi&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=643&tbm=vid&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0CAkQ_AUoA2oVChMI0ZeG_8LnxgIVTgiOCh3kPA5h&dpr=1

This is the message for the Url..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVDbg8ZNtDA

Well, what reason could there be?

That It is Hanuman, ?

Hanuman Sheds Tears, Banswadi , Bangalore.

‘Every year on the eve of Hanuman Jayanthi which falls between December 16 to January 14 usually on a full moon-day in the month of Chaitra, this deity is attracted by a miracle; it so happens that tears come out from the idol and people flock from all parts of Bangalore to witness this miracle.

The Most important prehistory of this temple was constructed in dravidian fashion, it is 100 years old. and it has small small temples to denote their prehistory themselves and dedicated to Lord Rama, Shiva and Ganapathi within the walled compound.

 http://www.bangaloretourism.org/bangalore-Banaswadi-Hanuman-Temple.php