Shrungagiri Sri Shanmukha Temple – Overview
Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati had two sons; Shanmukha was one of them. He is revered as Lord Muruga for Tamils and Subramanya for Kannadigas. The meaning of name Shanmukha is “six faced god.” Shrungagiri Sri Shanmukha Temple is dedicated to this form of Lord Skanda. This is a temple which is on a small hill called Shringagiri in Bangalore. As the temple is of Shanmukha, the tower of the temple has six faces of Shanmukha.
Shrungagiri Sri Shanmukha Temple Timings
Shrungagiri Sri Shanmukha Temple open from 6:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the morning and from 4:30 PM to 9 PM in the evening.
|Thursday||4:30–11 am, 4:30–8:30 pm|
|Friday||4:30–11 am, 4:30–8:30 pm|
|Saturday||4:30–11 am, 4:30–8:30 pm|
|Sunday||4:30–11 am, 4:30–8:30 pm|
|Monday||4:30–11 am, 4:30–8:30 pm|
|Tuesday||4:30–11 am, 4:30–8:30 pm|
|Wednesday||4:30–11 am, 4:30–8:30 pm|
History and Architecture of this Temple
Lord Ganesha’s brother Shanmukh is considered the commander or chief of the deities. He is known by many names like Subramanya, Skanda etc. Shrunga Giri is a small hill located about 13 km from the Bangalore city centre.
There is a temple on the top of the hill dedicated to Lord Shanmukha and it was designed under the guidance of Dr. R. Arunachalam. Sri Bharati Teertha Maha Swamiji inaugurated this temple. Shrungagiri Sri Shanmukha Temple is on the outskirts of the city and has a pleasant climate. It is a serene place away from the hustle and bustle of Bangalore.
It is about 240 feet above ground level, and the temple is at the top. The gopuram is about 62 feet high, and the temple is about 123 feet. A pair of peacock statues welcomes the visitors at the entrance of the temple. Then there is a beautiful Trishul idol which adds to the beauty of the temple manifold.
There is a Lord Ganesha Museum in the Shrungagiri Sri Shanmukha Temple premises where idols of Ganesha are available in different sizes, shapes and forms. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple is traditional, but the complex has a modern touch.
Place to visit near this Temple
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is a very popular tourist destination in Bangalore. The origin of life, how planets develop, space missions, how eclipses occur, how gravity works, etc. This planetarium tells interesting information related to science. If you are interested in science then this planetarium is a must visit.
Chunchi Falls, located at a distance of 82 kms from Bangalore, is a 50 feet high waterfall, which is a very famous tourist destination. The post-monsoon season is considered very good to visit here. The green and golden environment here fills the tourists with thrill.
The Bull Temple, also known as the Nandi Temple, is one of the oldest major temples in Bangalore. A huge statue of Nandi is present in this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Nandi is the vehicle of Lord Shiva. This temple is the holy centre of the faith of Hindus.
Denanahalli Fort, located at a distance of 35 kms from Bangalore city, is a popular historical tourist destination in Bangalore. This fort was the birth place of Tipu Sultan. Spread over a vast area of about 20 acres, this fort is well-liked by history lovers. If you like to see historical places, then definitely visit this fort during your trip to Bangalore.
How to reach Shrungagiri Sri Shanmukha Temple
By Air- The nearest airport from Shrungagiri Sri Shanmukha Temple is Bangalore airport. From here you can hire a taxi to reach this temple.
By Train- The nearest railway station from this temple is Bangalore railway station. From here you can take a bus or taxi to reach this temple.
By Road- There are many BMTC buses available from Rajarajeshwari Arch or Uttarahalli. But none stops at the entrance, so one has to get down at the nearest bus stop and take an auto or walk to the temple from bus stop.
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