Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Temples of South Bangalore: 1. Shri Shyam Mandhir

Name: Khatu Shaym Ji Temple

Location: Bannerghatta Road

Route: Just before Bannerghatta national park.

Weekdays 6:15 AM to 12:30 PM and 4:15 PM to 9:30 PM

Weekends 6:15 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:15 PM to 9:30 PM
The idol in garbhagriha is only the head of Barbarika. He was a brave warrior and could have finished Mahabharatha war single handedly. Read more on internet about this interesting story.

The main temple for Khatu shyam Ji is in Rajasthan.
The temple here in bangalore is very neatly maintained. Been here twice now, once on a weekday and other on weekend. This temple doesnt get crowded much, it was so peaceful.

The huge hall was completely red carpeted. The main idol was beautifully decorated with flowers and lemon. As in all temple no photo allowed.
Inside there are few more small temples.
There is ram, Lakshman and sita then One for Hanuman and one Shivlingam. All the idols are beautifully carved in marble.

Unlike the idol in south India which are carved in black stone these are carved in white marble.

The thing i liked the most is nobody yells at you jargandi jargandi or po po or hogri hogri. You can just stand/sit as long as you want.

First time the pandit gave us 3 oranges each and second time he gave milk peda. I guess its the custom of this temple and they give it to all.

Shilpi wanted to buy "akhand path" book of shaymji and asked the pandit for the price and he said its free you can take. I was like oh good then why don't we take all the books :) but she wanted only one. Not sure if all are free.

A completely different experience compared to some temples where even the security and pandits begs for money inside the temple.

Also i think this is one of the few places in Bangalore where the sparrows still live. These tiny birds fly freely inside the temple. No one disturbs them and they too do not disturb people.

I decided to go here often but i had a problem. To reach the temple i need to cross the parking fee collection gate for bannerghatta park. Its 40Rs everytime. Solution for that is put the temple sticker in car. Ask the pandit for it and he will give it.

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