Amid the hustle and bustle, many serene places of worship give the locals a peaceful escape from the city chaos. This blog lists some famous temples in Bangalore to visit in 2024.

Bangalore or Bengaluru, as it is officially called, is known by many names, including 'Silicon Valley of India' and 'the Garden City.' One of the most prominent metropolitan cities in the country, it has a vibrant culture, a booming technology industry and stunning gardens. 

Chokkanathaswamy Temple

The Chokkanathaswamy temple is among the oldest temples in Bangalore. It is located close to the Bangalore airport. Built during the 10th century by the Chola kings, the main deity in the temple is Lord Vishnu. If you talk about Bangalore's famous temples, the temple will surely be mentioned. An architectural masterpiece, it is built in the true Chola style and has many Tamil inscriptions on the pillars and walls. While the temple looks stunning and imposing from the outside, the intricate carvings on the pillars and the statues sculpted with immaculate precisions present a wonderful sight. One of the main highlights of the temple is that one of the pillars has etchings of Lord Vishnu's 10 avatars. Another notable thing about this iconic temple in Bangalore is that you feel an unusual and mysterious Pranic energy while praying there. Many people believe that this unusual feeling they have is a way to connect with God. 

  • Temple timings – 6 am - 11 am and 5 pm - 8 pm
  • Temple location – Village Domlur

The ISKCON Temple

If you simply search Bangalore temples online, the ISKCON temple will inevitably appear on the list. This stunning structure is one of Vaishnavism's largest temples in the world. It was constructed in 1997. Its structure looks elegant and graceful, creating a wonderful spectacle for the onlookers. The complex is massive, and over the years, its popularity has increased manifold, drawing tourists and devotees from all over the state and even outside of Karnataka. The temple is built in the neo-classical style and is adorned with exquisite stone carvings throughout the complex. Also, the temple has a water fountain and a massive arch, which immediately pulls the visitor's attraction. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the idol here is always decorated lavishly. Apart from bowing your head and seeking the blessings of the Lord, you can also visit one of the praying rooms inside the temple premises to get lessons about the Lord's life and teachings. 

  • Temple timings – 4.15 am to 5 am, 7.15 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Temple location – Rajajinagar

Dodda Ganesha Temple

The famous Bangalore temples list is incomplete without featuring the Dodda Ganesha Temple. Dedicated to the elephant God, Lord Ganesha, the temple's name translates to "Big Ganesha temple" in the local Kannada language. The temple is also commonly referred to as Shakti Ganapathi or Satya Ganapathi temple. The highlight of the temple is the state of the Lord. It is about 5.5 metres high and 4.8 metres wide, making it one of the biggest monolithic idols in India. The temple is said to have been built by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, and it attracts several tourists and devotees from the local region every day. Every year, the temple celebrates a week-long festival during which the idol of Lord Ganesh is decorated in different ways. The most popular decoration is the 'Benne Alankara', where the idol is smeared with 100 kg of butter. Interestingly, even though the temperature inside the main sanctum is warm, the butter does not melt at all. 

  • Temple timings – 6 am to 8 pm, 
  • Temple location – Bull Temple Road, Basavanagudi

Kadu Malleshwara Temple

Built by Venkoji, the stepbrother of the great Maratha king and warrior, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Kadu Malleshwara temple is an ancient temple in Bangalore. It is believed that the temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, was built during the 17th century. One of the temple's highlights is the stunning Dravidian-style architecture, which is a cynosure to the eye. The detailed work on the pills and the exquisite carvings is the stuff of legends. Apart from its aesthetic beauty, the temple is known for associating with various legends and myths. According to one legend, the linga of Malleshwar was found between the forest, and the temple was built around it. Eventually, the current-day Malleshwaram area in Bangalore got its name from the Malleshwara temple. 

  • Temple timings – 7 am to 10 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm, 
  • Temple location – Singrihalli

Someshwara Temple

Another temple on Bangalore's best temple list is the Someshwara Temple. Located on the banks of Ulsoor Lake, it has a rich history dating back to the era of the Chola dynasty, which reigned supreme in the region. The temple structure is a magnificent example of the brilliant craftsmanship of the people during the period and a testament to the stunning Dravidian-style architecture. The temple complex has an incredibly elegant design that is pleasing to the eye. The ancient ruler of the region, Kempe Gowda, renovated the temple and added the gopurams during the 16th century. It stands tall and proud today. The intricate carvings on the walls were meticulously done and tell the story of Lord Shiva's marriage to Goddess Parvati. 

  • Temple timings – 6 am to 12 noon and 5.30 pm to 9 pm
  • Temple location – Bilekahalli

Shri Abhaya Anjaneya Temple

Located in the south Bangalore area, this beautiful temple is one of the hidden gems in Bangalore. The main deity at the temple is Lord Hanuman, and it has a gigantic statue of the God, which stands tall at about 103 feet. Although the temple is not prominently featured in the Bangalore tourism guide, it is one of the best places to visit in the city. The serene environment and the undeniable spiritual vibe you feel inside the complex will soothe your mind, body and soul. 

  • Temple timings – 6 am to 12 noon and 5.30 pm to 9 pm, 
  • Temple location – Banashankari

India is a land of temples, and there are infinite temples from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Some of these temples are not just places of worship but also reflect India's rich culture, history, and people's beliefs and values. The temple in Bangalore provides the perfect escape from the city's chaos. Here, you can pray to the Lord and calm your mind and body. As discussed above, some of the temples in Bangalore speak volumes about the local culture, history, and way of life. If you plan a spiritual trip to Bangalore, you can book your stay at the Eagleton Golf Resort offered by Club Mahindra. This resort, an epitome of comfort and luxury, not only gives you a chance to enjoy authentic Kannadiga hospitality and cuisine but also acts as the perfect base for you to visit all these temples and other popular attractions in Bangalore. 

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