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Places of Worship in Bangalore

Popular as a land of saints and mystics, India is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. Thus, the importance of prayer in a country like India is not an over rated fact. India is one country where every occasion auspicious or inauspicious, is marked by a prayer. This explains for the presence of numerous temples, mosques, gurudwaras and churches in India.

Bangalore is an Indian city with maximum number of temples located in its periphery. Bangalore houses close to 1600 places of worship including temples, churches, gurudwaras mosques and viharas.

Some of the popular places of worship in Bangalore are:

Banashankari Temple
Banashankari Temple is one of the most popular temples in the city of Bangalore. It attracts large number of visitors holding the belief that worshipping Banashankari Amma who is the presiding deity of the temple in the Rahukala will eradicate all their misfortunes. It is worth noting that Rahukala is otherwise considered inauspicious by the Hindus. The original Banashankari Temple is located at Badami in Bijapur district from where the deity was brought by a devout named Sommana Shetty to Bangalore in 1915. Large numbers of devotees visit the temple on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, though the temple remains open on all the days. The Handi installed at the temple gathers large sums of money offered by the worshippers.

Location Map of Worship Places in Bangalore

Address: Kanakapura Road, Phase I, Banashankari, Bengaluru, Karnataka.

Bull temple
Also known as Basavanagudi Nandi temple, this temple is a dedication to Nandi- the animal mount of Lord Shiva. The temple was built in the year 1537 in Vijaynagara style of architecture by Kempe Gowda who is also the founder of the Bangalore city. It is one of the oldest temples in the city of Bangalore and has a statue of Nandi Bull measuring 4.6 m in height and 6.1 m in length. The monolithic temple gets to witness large number of devotees every year at the Shivratri festival. A Groundnut fair is held each year in the premises of the temple.

Address: Bull Temple Road, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Iskcon Temple
Iskcon Temple in Bangalore is one of the largest of all Iskcon temples in India. The temple even publishes an international magazine called Back to Prabhupada. The temple has a gold-plated flag post (Dwajastambha) at a height of 17m and a Kalash Shikara at the height of 8.5m. The temple has shrines of Radha-Krishna, Krishna-Balrama, Nitai Gauranga, Srinivasa Govinda, Prahlada- Narsimha & Srila Prabhupada. The temple celebrates all the festivals having a connection to Avatars of Lord Krishna and those which have a connection with the Vedic Culture.

Address: Chord Rd, Nagapura, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Jumma Masjid (Friday Mosque)
Built by Abdul Quddus in the early 19th century, Jumma Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in the city of Bangalore. The masjid was previously known as Sangian Jamia Masjid but later got popularized as the Jumma Masjid. The mosque has a raised prayer hall with granite pillars and is located in one of the busiest areas in the city of Bangalore.

St Marks Cathedral
St Marks Cathedral was built in the year 1812 and was consecrated in 1816 by then Bishop of Calcutta (now Kolkata). The Roman archers, the beautiful dome and the intricate woodwork attract the visitors almost instantly. The church is named after St Mark who was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus Christ. The new structure of the church built in 1927 has a beautiful stained glass work. The church is known to offer great peace of mind and serenity to the visitors.

Address: 1, M.G. Road, Bangalore - 560 001

St Mary's Basilica
The oldest church in the city of Bangalore, St Mary's Basilica is built in Gothic style. The church has been honored with the title of a minor Basilica and it was only sixth church in India on which this honour was conferred. The church has several columns and spires. The church holds a special festival called St Mary's feast in the month of September for which thousands of devotees gather from across the country. Address: Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore, Karnataka

Ranganathaswamy Temple
Ranganathaswamy Temple was built in 16th century in Vijaynagara style of architecture. The pillars in the temple are carved with beautiful granite which makes the temple an example of Hoysala architectural influence.

Address: Ranganathaswamy Temple Street off Avenue Road, Bangalore

Holy Trinity Church

This church was built in 1851 for the soldiers of the British regiment on their demand for a church in the city of Bangalore. With the capacity of 700 persons, the church stands proud as the largest military church in South of India. The walls of the church have histories of great men and women who contributed in some way or the other to the church written on them.

Address: Trinity Church Road, Halasuru, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Some of the popular places of worship in Bangalore are:
  • Sri Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple
  • Dargah Hazrat Tawakkal Mastan
  • St Andrew's Clirk
  • Shri Mahavir Digambara Jain Temple
  • Shri Adinath Digambar Jain Temple
  • Ragigudda Anjaneya Temple
  • Hulimavu Cave Temple
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